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Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5: Getting the Most from Panasonic's Advanced Digital Camera Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Value is pushing a purchase to its limits. "Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5: Getting to Most From Panasonic's Advanced Digital Camera" is a guide to using this compact camera to above and beyond what most people will ever use it for. Detailing the camera's lesser known abilities dealing with motion, advanced techniques, and much more, Alexander White does well in educating readers with this resource. "Photographer's Guide to Panasonic Lumix LX5" is something to have on hand for any Lumix enthusiast. --Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch, January 2011
About the Author
Alexander S. White is the author of two previous books in a series of guides to photography with advanced compact digital cameras, Photographer's Guide to the Leica D-Lux 4 and Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX3. He lives near Richmond, Virginia, with his family.
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Since I have an iPad with the Kindle app, I'm primarily reading this book there. That way I can enjoy the many excellent full-color photographs.
I consider it definitely worth the cost of a Kindle book to get faster and better use from a superb camera.
It's easy reading - and I suggest reading it with the camera hanging on it's strap around your neck so you can follow along with the examples of menu use in the book. This is a how-to-use-it book, not how to take photos, so if you're looking for general photographic theory, look elsewhere. If you own an LX5 you really should get the book - it will raise your horizons on knowing just what great things the LX5 can do.
Only suggestion - while the "Quick Menu" is covered - it should be covered in a bit more depth - perhaps with examples of how to use it for some of the buried menu selections if you use the standard menu.. the Quick Menu makes it much easier to make the adjustments you need to make for everyday use. The in-depth menu is one I wander into when I want to preset something in the camera, or change a more obscure setting.
Good book - should be shipped with the camera!
In this situation the "Missing Manual" series and the "For Dummies" series have enabled me to keep my job.
This Photographer's Guide for the Lumix LX5 is almost as basic as those books and alot better. It assumes you know something about basic photography,(if you don't have this knowledge, you wasted alot of money when a cheaper camera would do the job for you, or you need to spend alot of time at a local community college taaking courses in photography) and then explains the operations and possibilities of this camera to get the pictures you want. It does it in a logical format with illustrations that are understandable
I really wish there were similar, cover the basics, books for Photoshop.
The book, being a tightly packed handy format, doesn't just fall open at any page. The other day however, I picked it up carelessly & it fell open at page 133 and there under the heading Conversion, are six lines pertinent to the wide angle conversion lens I had just purchased. I didn't have a clue the camera has a setting to optimise the the image when using the W/A conversion lens.
There are gems everywhere, like Richard Franiec's cable release adaptor on page 240, from kleptography.com; just the thing for vibration critical astrophotography.
I didn't volunteer these comments; some robot at Amazon asked for it.
I just love the camera, the book & the accessories.
The Panasonic lumix manual is pretty useless in my opinion, but this book has enabled me to actually USE this camera to the fullest. Not only that, but now that I can use my Lumix Lx5, the knowledge gained transfers nicely to my Panasonic FZ35! Panasonic should put Mr. White under contract to write more books about their products.
If you're new to digital photography the book will help. If you're familiar with digital photography you'll do better going to Panasonic's site, Vimeo's forums, Flickr's Group, etc. to fuss out anything you might be missing.
And don't forget, the best way to learn your camera is to turn it on and take it through all of the different settings.
All of that said, I do have this book on my smart phone to quickly look something up.