- Series: Magic Lantern Guides®
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Lark Books (March 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600592058
- ISBN-13: 978-1600592058
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Magic Lantern Guides®: Canon EOS-1D Mark III EOS-1Ds Mark III Paperback – March 4, 2008
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To start out with, it lays out the 10 basic steps for getting started. A lot of your fear and inhibition goes away at this point. Like every other manual-like camera book, it illustrates the camera and points out locations of all relevant buttons, slots, knobs, levers, and dials then follows up with more detailed information about them. But what is really helpful is the detailed way it then follows up with the menus, sub-menus, settings, and metering modes and the countless options available in all of the above and which to use when. To top it all off, there are card-sized "cheat sheets" that you can take with you in case you need a quick reference.
I don't own the camera. (I wish I did). I rented it on two consecutive weekends to work on a project that required really large images that would be printed on canvas. I had no hands-on time to get acquainted with the camera or take practice shots and I had very little time to familiarize myself with its operation. This book helped me feel (more or less) comfortable with the camera as I was able to know ahead of time what my settings needed to be, what was relevant to me and what wasn't, what I could relegate to the camera and what I really needed to control myself, and how to handle the camera overall for the particular project I would be working on.
There was no eventuality having to do with the handling and operation of the camera or its settings that the book did not prepare me for. Every bit of information that I needed was there and easy to find.
The only bit of information that I realized (after shooting) that was not there was the extent to which processing these large files will slow down (and crash) an average computer. Mine can handle 10.3 megapixel camera files without problem while I add multiple layers, filters, and tool operations in Photoshop. It took forever to just open one of these 21 megapixel images. Maybe it isn't in the usual scope or information for a camera book to go into this type of information, so I'll tell you: before you buy this camera, get a computer than can handle it.
Again this is a real help for me to read this and know the functions of my camera
I enjoyed nearly every page. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone using one(or both) of these cameras!
Even if you 'think' you know how to use it, you will find this very helpful!!