on January 5, 2011
Somewhat between a 4 stars and a 5 stars was what I could give to this book. Owing to some errors and rooms for improvements existed in this book, I decided to give it a 4-star. A serious error was on p.20, quote "Full Auto. In this mode, the EOS 5D Mark II makes all the exposure decisions for you, and will pop up the flash if necessary under low-light conditions". Unfortunately, this model (Canon 5D Mark II) does not have a pop up flash. I hope the author/publisher can make corrections in the next revision. Since there are not many books on Canon 5D Mark II that were written for the general users of the camera, this book can still be considered as one of the best. It helps you to get out of your comfort zone of using "Auto" mode, and explore the usefulness of other modes such as the 'P', the 'Tv', the 'Av', and the 'M' modes.
Since I have read only one-quarter of the book (and am continuing reading it), my comments are limited. I may or may not contribute further comments, depending on requests from Amazon.
P.48 - quote "When the Shooting Functions screen is visible, you can adjust the values of the settings". Improvements can be made by telling the readers how to adjust those settings.
P.55 - Sensor focal plant. It would be better if the author could inform the readers to go to a certain chapter for more information, just like the way he did when describing the topics above and below the present topic.
P.59 - Infared adjustment indicator. An application example would be appreciated.
P.61 - Maximum burst available. A photograph would be appreciated to show the readers the location of this information.
P.77 - Figure 4.10. I believe there is an error in the title of the picture. It says '...that's only 3.8 percent of the image area.'. The correct statement, I think, should be '...3.5 percent...'.
P.90 - 1. Activate the EV/AEB screen. It would be better for the author to add an instruction step before the Step 1 as follows: Step 0, Put the camera in P-mode.
P.93 - Adobe Photoshop and Photomatrix. It would be better for the author to mention the requirement of these softwares in the Preface or Introduction, so as to help the readers to be prepared. I ended up skipping the majority of the section on Bracketing and Merge to HD since I don't have those softwares.
P.94 - 6. Trigger the camera to expose your set of three images. The last sentence can be improved as follows: Trigger the camera three times to expose your set of three images. Remember, most users who need to buy this book are not as experienced as the author in using Canon 5D Mark II.
P.98 - Displaying Histograms. It says 'To change your default histogram type from Brightness to RGB, use the Histogram setting in the Playback 2 menu. My question is: How?
I hope these help, the author mostly, and the readers.
Comment date: Jan 5, 2011.