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David Busch's Canon EOS 5D Mark II Guide to Digital SLR Photography 1st Edition
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Overall I found this book to be well written, comprehensive and generally easy to follow. The layout is excellent and it contains quite a few helpful tips. I would recommend it to anyone who is not a professional photographer and who just wants to get a better understanding of the features of the camera. An excellent guide.
I love the logical format this book follows. The earlier chapters briefly introduce all the important features, so you can immediately begin using your camera, without bogging you down in details. For example, things like bracketing are explained with simple instructions for setting bracketing. If you want to know more, including why you should use bracketing to get the best exposure, or how to use bracketing to create HDR effects, the author refers you to the chapter that offers the additional detail. That's much less complicated than the manual that comes with the camera, which frequently uses multiple cross references that have you jumping all around to learn how to do something simple. With this book, it's "basics first" and "advanced concepts later," which makes it far superior to the hodge-podge that is the nearly useless manual that comes with the 5D Mk II.
I looked at a couple of the small pocket manuals also available for this camera. This book goes far beyond all of them in explaining why you'd want to make each setting, and how to use the features of the Canon 5D Mk II to improve your exposures and take better pictures. The large section on using Picture Styles came in very helpful. I did not find this much information on using custom Picture Styles in the Canon manual, nor in the other 5D Mk II guides I looked at.Read more ›
Being an ardent believer in user/instruction manuals, I started there but the original factory-supplied manual accompanying the 5D II was rather pedantic and taxing on time, memory, and connectivity. I was determined to read it through in a cross-Atlantic flight and had to dicipline my mind to peruse that manual - not to mention the demand on my eyes by the pithy printing (don't forget your glasses, perhaps also +1 diopter boosters). I made many marks in the manual but also started losing track of the details which were unconnected along the way. On the return journey, I started David Busch's Guide and could not let it down, so many times feeling like getting my Mark II out with me in the plane to try the settings and creative alternatives possible. It was an easy read, helpful guide - like an encouraging mentor by my side.Read more ›
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Reasonably well laid out for items I need to know a lot more about and finding the owners hand book was either too complex or I couldn't find what I wanted. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stormin'
This is not my first David Busch publication, he has in my mind been able to capture the essence of taking a rank beginner and creating a near professional with his step by step... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Randy Graves