- Series: Magic Lantern Guides
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Lark Books (November 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600590829
- ISBN-13: 978-1600590825
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magic Lantern Guides: Sony DSLR A100 Paperback – November 28, 2006
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I am not a professional photographer but I bought an Alpha 100 camera last June before taking off for a Florida vacation. Needless to say, the Sony-made manual that came with the camera itself was using English words but it read like Japanese to me, probably because this was my first SLR. This little book allowed me to take GREAT pictures last summer and it continues to be a valuable reference today.
As the owner of a much less sophisticated Mavica, the A100 felt quite intimidating but this little guy helped me get acquainted with my new toy and understand it and the available options. Everything is well explained, in 'normal' English and the explanations are brief and to the point. The book is illustrated with black and white photos, the most helpful being those of the camera itself.
At the back of the book, there is a brief troubleshooting guide, a glossary, an index and a plastic quick reference card that could be removed to fit in a wallet. The book being as small as it is, I did not have to as the book fits inside my camera bag.
I would recommend this to anyone who lacks previous SLR (DSLR) experience and has a Sony A100 camera.
It gets 5 stars because nothing is missing and everything is done right, from the physical size of the book to the length and depth of the guidance and explanations.
This is NOT a guide to taking digital pictures -- the pocket-sized book's simple mission is how to make the most of a complex electronics device; and it succeeds exceedingly well, except for a few stumbles. My greatest disappointment is that the arcane concept of trailing shutter curtain flash synchronization' is well told, but not at all clarified by a simple picture comparing the first curtain versus second curtain flash sync effect on an object in motion. Otherwise, most illustrations (all black/white) make a distinct point such as 'highlight burnout' when exposing for a bride in a white wedding gown. The alpha's infamously unacceptable digital noise at ISO settings beyond 400 is straightforwardly addressed; as are the head-scratching LO-80 and HI-200 settings that may be just what you needed (but didn't know you did).
This Guide succeeds where the manufacturer's poorly printed and largely incomprehensible manual failed so miserably [Sony's warranty, by contrast, is in crystal clear english, leaving no uncertainty as to how limited your rights are]. This guide didn't get five stars because the index is weak; certainly unhelpful for a beginner. Also, Sony's software RAW converter could have been given more of the detail and hints for optimized settings found elsewhere in the Guide.
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