David Busch’s Canon EOS 5D Mark II Guide to Digital SLR Photography Paperback – Sep 16 2010
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With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http: //www.dslrguides.com.
1: Quick Tour: Shooting Your First EOS 5D Mark II Picture. 2: The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Roadmap. 3: Setting Up Your EOS 5D Mark II. 4: Shooting Basics. 5: Photography with your EOS 5D Mark II. 6: Working with Lenses. 7: Working with Light. 8: Downloading and Editing. 9: Troubleshooting Your Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Top Customer Reviews
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.'.Read more ›
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Overall I found this book to be well written, comprehensive and generally easy to follow. The layout is excellent and it contains quite a few helpful tips. I would recommend it to anyone who is not a professional photographer and who just wants to get a better understanding of the features of the camera. An excellent guide.
I love the logical format this book follows. The earlier chapters briefly introduce all the important features, so you can immediately begin using your camera, without bogging you down in details. For example, things like bracketing are explained with simple instructions for setting bracketing. If you want to know more, including why you should use bracketing to get the best exposure, or how to use bracketing to create HDR effects, the author refers you to the chapter that offers the additional detail. That's much less complicated than the manual that comes with the camera, which frequently uses multiple cross references that have you jumping all around to learn how to do something simple. With this book, it's "basics first" and "advanced concepts later," which makes it far superior to the hodge-podge that is the nearly useless manual that comes with the 5D Mk II.
I looked at a couple of the small pocket manuals also available for this camera. This book goes far beyond all of them in explaining why you'd want to make each setting, and how to use the features of the Canon 5D Mk II to improve your exposures and take better pictures. The large section on using Picture Styles came in very helpful. I did not find this much information on using custom Picture Styles in the Canon manual, nor in the other 5D Mk II guides I looked at.
The chapter that explained how to work with histograms, and explained how the 5D Mk II's autofocus system works was worth the price alone. In its 500 pages Busch spends about 95 pages just to explaining the nuances of the menu entries and what each option means. Nor does the manual that comes with the camera contain an exhaustive look at Canon lenses, their features, and descriptions of the cream of the crop.
If you want much more information and solid advice than you get in the manual that comes with the camera, this book should be your first choice.
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