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Great Resource, Poor Conversion
on May 19, 2014
The important things first:
This book is a fantastic guide to using the XA10. It covers everything.
I have a Kindle version, and on my tablet it was very easy to read this book, make marks and highlights, etc. - except for one glaring problem. All of the fractions displayed on screen - which are very important information when discussing light strengths, focal lengths, etc.- are tiny. Hard to read with a magnifying glass, tiny. Zooming in makes the text bigger on screen but magically has no effect on the fractions (except to make them feel even smaller for being next to even bigger words). I definitely missed out on some important mathematical information because of this error in Kindle conversion.
There is an excellent amount of information in this book, all of it helpful. Some of it is reiteration of things a filmmaker should already know, but most of said reiteration is at least intermixed into using the camera so the information is given contextually.
As someone who looks to make documentary and other serious projects, I found the sections covering the home-movie making settings to be unneeded.
All that said, the book is definitely worth it. You should buy the print edition, however, as you'll be able to read all of the text (and perhaps it contains the appendices that the author mentioned, which I had to go on the internet to retrieve)