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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Field Guide 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470467142
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From the Back Cover

Learn how to take ideal shots with your Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Without question, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a revolutionary development in dSLR technology. With its full-frame, 21.1-megapixel sensor, DiG!C 4 image processor, and 30 frames per second, high-definition video recording capability, it offers creative possibilities previously unknown. This practical, portable guide examines the camera's features, explores the myriad menus and settings, discusses compatible lenses and Speedlites, and offers tips for capturing perfect photos and videos in common and uncommon situations.

  • Learn to customize more than 20 functions

  • Choose file formats, Exposure and Metering modes, and ISO and white balance settings

  • Explore flash techniques for use in the field

  • Discover how to light video, mix video and sound, and use Live View

  • Gain professional advice on shooting sports, concerts, portraits, weddings, landscapes, products, and more

About the Author

Brian McLernon is a freelance photographer specializing in editorial, commercial, corporate, and lifestyle photography. His client list includes CBS Records, Exxon, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Premiere Homes magazine, and the United States Tennis Association. A popular guest speaker for artistic associations, communications groups, and business organizations, Brian maintains his photography Web site at http://brianmclernon.com and blogs about photography at http://blog.brianmclernon.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470467142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470467145
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By AAA on March 18, 2010
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This book has not been updated to reflect all changes in the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It looks like they only changed the cover. New shooting modes are not acknowledged. I returned the book.
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The book did a thorough job of covering all the features of the Canon 5D. I thought the subject matter was organized logically. Charlotte has obviously worked with this camera a lot. The book discusses info such as issues around Picture Style values being different within each Style, you won't find this stuff in the camera manual.

The writing is usually very clear, not super dry, and provides practical data on setting up this camera for different subjects. Comments about religious themes in the book (in another review) seem to relate to wedding photographs being taken in a church. Duh! Go figger...

The book speeded up my learning about using the camera and I would buy it again.
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This book is well written and well laid out. There are chapters covering just about every conceivable topic! I am nearly done reading this book and already it has helped me to determine a number of upgrades this year, including a couple of new lens. Much kudos to the author and I will be watching for new books from her in the future.

If you have a 5D get this book! I have bought all the others.. and they remain mostly unread on the shelf (or lost!). The color illustrations inspire and I have learned some new techniques by reading this text.

My one question is, are Canon Picture Styles *really* passed along when you set your 5D to RAW mode? The book says this is so, but I thought it was just for JPEG. Mind you.. I don't use Canon's DPP software (I use Camera RAW from Adobe with Photoshop instead) so maybe that is where a Picture Style will come through. Also.. I *think* they may show in Lightroom too (just started using that). Anyway.. this is more a question that a cricism of the book. Anyone having more details on this, feel free to add a comment!

Bottom line.. you will enjoy this book. If in doubt go look at a local copy 1st. You won't want to put it down and leave it behind if you do.
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Canon -EOS 5D
Digital Field Guide
By Bryden D.

this field guide for the Canon 5D is basically aimed at the DSLR amateur and prosumer photographer.
It is obvious that the writer worked with this camera for some time before writing this book.
The technical advantages of the 5D are presented in four major sections that really make it easy to understand and follow.

Part 1. " Using the canon EOS 5D "
Part 2. " Selecting and using lens - Working with Canon Speeslites."
Part 3. " Shooting with the EOS 5D "
Part 4. " Appendixes A & B "
A- Canon CMOS Sensors and Processors
B- EOS 5D Specifiacations

Lowrie writes in a way that easily explains most of the technical fatures of th 5D.
Although not perfect, this book is a good choice to help make it easier to understand some of the clipped explanations used in the Canon 5D User Manual.
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I rate this book between the Magic Lantern series and the David Busch authored books. While I don't have the 5D2 Busch version yet [not yet out] the 50D set of both allows me to state this. All three are worth while. This one is a little more suited to sitting by the fire on a cold night than the Magic Lantern version. The Magic Lantern version is very good for carrying with you as a quick refresher though. This one is especially better than the Canon Manual. Easier to find things and more detail. Larger print too.
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When I bought the 5D I quickly realized I wanted something besides the Canon manual. There are very few choices out there so I took the chance on this. For very little money you get an easily read, well rounded book about the 5D. I found it pretty easy to navigate around, and it answered all the questions I had.
It is clearly geared more to the newer DSLR user and covers different type of photography (i.e. event, portrait, etc) which is not quite what I would expect in a field guide but the information is accurate and will be very helpful to newcomers. See the review just before mine for detailed information on chapters, etc. The best of limited choices and I definitely recommend.
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Most of the time I don't read books on how to use the camera because they are complicated and make things more confusing than they need to be. This book was full of photographs, had easy to use intructions and actually made it fun to learn more about my camera. I would highly recommmend this book to anyone with this camera from beginner to advanced.
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The step-by-step instructions in the book are often incomplete or inaccurate. The small booklet that comes with the camera gives complete and accurate information on all features. There are too many obvious errors, also. I found only a few useful insights (though most 5D owners already know) in the book. If you are looking to find accurate and useful information beyond the owner's manual, you may be disappointed.
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