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David Busch's Canon EOS 7D Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 008-2039556918
ISBN-10: 1435456912
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  • Shows readers how to master all the features and functions of the Canon EOS 7D, Canon's advanced yet affordable new dSLR model.

  • Clear instructions and beautiful, full-color images will quickly help readers get familiar and comfortable with their cameras.

  • Written by working photographer and best-selling camera guide author David Busch, who understands digital photography with Canon digital single lens reflex cameras.

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Introduction. 1. Shooting Your First Canon EOS 7D Picture. 2. The Canon EOS 7D Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Canon EOS 7D. 4. Setup: Playback and Shooting Menus. 5. Setup: Custom Settings Menu. 6. Setup: Setup Menu, Retouch Menu, My Menu. 7. Optimizing Exposure. 8. Movie-Making and Advanced Techniques. 9. Working with Lenses. 10. Working with Light. 11. Downloading and Editing. 12. Troubleshooting Your Canon EOS 7D. Glossary. Index.
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Product Details

  • Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435456912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435456914
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Image Print Reviews on August 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
"David Busch's Canon EOS 7D Guide to Digital SLR Photography" has at least twice as much useful information as any of the compact guidebooks, as befits this advanced camera -- Canon's most affordable "pro/semi-pro" model. The two full chapters on lighting, which includes one chapter dedicated just to this camera's new built-in wireless flash capabilities, are worth the cost of the book alone.

Quite simply, this book, like his other guides, doesn't fit in the cookie-cutter mold of the other books on the shelves. Those typically re-hash the material you find in the booklet stuffed in the box with the camera, providing slightly longer and easier-to-understand explanations of the basic controls and menu settings, plus add some generic photography advice. That's a viable approach, but not particularly satisfying for someone who really wants to master a new camera like the Canon 7D.

Busch recognizes that each camera is unique, and although the explanations of basic concepts like exposure, shutter speeds, and apertures are similar across all models in all his books, the Canon 7D deserves detailed coverage. In this book, he manages to do that while still tailoring his explanations to suit beginners who have purchased a Canon 7D as their first D-SLR, intermediate photographers looking to improve their skills, and advanced shooters who want a fast way to learn the camera and gain some tips. You can't do that with a cookie-cutter book.

Including the introductory material, I counted more than 500 pages, all well-organized so that any photographer of any level can quickly locate what they need to know. For example, there's a "Getting Started" chapter, which, the author acknowledges, will likely be read only after the reader has already taken a few hundred photos.
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The book is usefull for entry-level DSLR users. Having a 3-year experience with XTi, I learned very little compared to what I picked up from the manual. One third of the book is not 7D-related (chapters 9, 10, 12, 13), and is applicable to any DSLR (which is not bad if this is your first camera). I found very dissapointing the author copied some text from his other DSLR books which is wrong (in some cases misleading) for 7D, examples on pages 102 ("ISO 3200 is disabled by default", while actually it is ISO 12800), 142, 144 (had to use the manual for "Quick mode" in LiveView as the description of step 3 on this page is wrong), 204 (wrong RAW modes), 259 (again wrong value for disabled ISO), 342 (mentions 9 focus points while the camera prides itself on 19 points), etc....Didn't find specific information I was looking for, e.g., advise on choosing correct frame rate for movies, specific tips for using "hidden" 7D capabilities, like the one described at [...].
Bottom line: the book is less informative than the manual; web is a better source on 7D features (do not miss YouTube presentations on 7D).
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Simply put: if you are going to get one book on the Canon 7D, this one should be it.

I ended up trying almost every 7D book out there and this is by far the best. Other books either come off as being a very generic source of info that could have been written for any camera or, on the other extreme, simply a rehash of the user manual. David Busch's book is right where you want a book like this to be. It does a great job of teaching you how to use the advanced functions you find on the 7D to better your pictures. Where other books get stuck on teaching you about aperture and shutter speed, this book assumes you know the basics and teaches you about the sophisticated new auto-focusing system present in the 7D. Finally, a book that is written specifically for the 7D, but goes beyond what you find in the user manual.

The book starts with several basic chapters to get you acquainted with the camera, including a quick start guide. It then moves into "beyond the basics" chapters to teach you about the metering modes and how to attain a good exposure from your 7D, mastering the autofocus modes, and shooting movies. The book then goes into customizing your camera so that you are ready to shoot exactly how you want to shoot, a good chapter on lenses, and how to work with light (continuous vs flash, and using the new wireless flash controller). It then ends on a couple of "Enhancing your experience" chapters that go into downloading, editing, and printing and then a chapter on troubleshooting and preventing problems that might arise with your 7D.

Overall, it's very good and well-worth the read for anyone who has a 7D.
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Synopsis
I've owned this book for a little over two weeks now and I have to say that it's nothing short of excellent!

Overview
I replaced my trusty 20D with the EOS 7D about four months ago. I'm an electrical engineer who's been a pretty serious photographer for about 45 years and have been using fairly complex cameras for about that long; so I'm no stranger to photography or technology. I've read the Canon EOS 7D Operator's Guide through a couple of times while I've waited to see what third-party books would be published that would supplement and flesh-out Canon's pocket compendium on this camera.

If you really want to get to know the 7D and become familiar with it's many capabilities, you won't do better than David Busch's book! This guide to the 7D is complete and well organized. It will help you to quickly get an overview of this camera and then to drill-down into the features that are most important to you. This knowledge will help turn your passion for photography into much better photographs.

Pro
The book is well-written and illustrated. It's both pleasing to the eye and easy on the eyes with it's larger print (for those of us who wear bi-focals). If you're only going to buy one book to supplement the Canon Operator's Guide, this should be it.

Con
If you're looking for a field-guide to take with your camera on a photographic safari, this is not the best book for that role. Although the size format is fairly reasonable, it's still too big (especially too thick) and heavy to take into the field.
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