Magic Lantern Guides®: Canon EOS 7D Paperback – Feb 2 2010
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About the Author
In addition to being a contributing editor for Digital Photo (formerly PCPhoto), Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo Pro, Guncheon has written nine other Magic Lantern Guides[registered] on Canon cameras and is an expert on the brand.
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As for the text, I find it extremely well-written and thorough. It follows an outline-discussion format with a fair amount of visual examples. It tells you how to use every feature of the camera clearly and concisely, as well as suggesting settings for specific situations. The 10 pages devoted to white balance settings and features are extremely thorough, covering not only why you want to use white balance settings, what the presets do, and how to make custom settings, but how to make white balance corrections also. While I think this book has a wealth of information for a beginner (disregarding the fact that the 7D is not an entry-level camera), I see it more as an invaluable tool to make learning, and becoming more comfortable with a very high-end camera, easier for an intermediate to advanced-amateur photographer. The way it is laid out, it is also very usable as a reference guide when you want to look up specific topics also.
Incidently, I looked at the 7D Digital Field Guide by Lowrie at a bookstore while I was waiting for my Magic Lantern Guide to be shipped, and I am glad that I was patient. The Digital Field Guide was larger in physical dimensions so it would not fit well in a camera bag, unless you had a large one. It was certainly not as thorough as the Magic Lantern Guide, and really didn't provide much more than the manufacturers' manual that came with the camera. I just did not find any information in the text that made me go "hmmmm...I hadn't thought of that...".
The Magic Lantern Guides Canon EOS 7D will not disappoint you. My only complaints about the book is that I wish they had used a slightly larger font for the text (it is well spaced, just wish it was a tad bigger), and I would have preferred a photograph of something other than a snake at the beginning of the Controls and Functions chapter. I really don't like snakes. I do expect to be using my MLG with my 7D for years to come.
I would like more examples of when you would choose this function over that function, but I realize that an author cannot address every exigency in a volume of this nature. The thing that has me tied up in knots is archiving in particular, and processing. Slides in slip pages and three ring binders is a manageable concept for me. Folders and computer filing sends me in search of an early cocktail. Though this manual is not dedicated to these issues it does include information that was very helpful to me in beginning to get a grip on especially the archiving process.
I have come away from the reading of this book with a ton of knowledge that is going to enable me to use this camera much, much more fully and efficiently than before. This is an amazing camera and Guncheon shows you how so and why, and how to capitalize on it's features and functions.
It is a small matter but one thing I wish Guncheon had included along with his photographic images is the shooting data for each image. I think this would be if interest to many of his readers. And I loved the picture of the green snake. Guess its a guy/girl thing.
North Richland Hills, TX
I know a lot of other people really liked this book, but I was expecting more details on: night photography, and video. I do recommend this book but I say check it out at the library first.
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