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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (Sept. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435454332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435454330
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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 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'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: //


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.

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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.'.
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Excellent book, very informative.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09696fc) out of 5 stars Canon EOS 5D Mark II Guide Dec 13 2010
By Peter - Published on
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I was a bit cautious about buying this book because a number of other reviews claimed it contained inacuracies, particularly in relation to the Camera's flash capability. Perhaps this book has been revised since those reviews but my copy makes it clear that the flash is an accessory.
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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0969948) out of 5 stars The Best 5D Mark ll Book I've found Nov. 11 2010
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I have purchased all the books I could find on the Canon 5D Mark ll and this is by far the best for both content and quality of the physical book. If this had been published sooner I would have saved some $ because it really explains things very well and is very well written. The camera does so many things I was not familiar with and David Busch does an excellent job in his explanations. Also the book is in full color and uses excellent quality paper. This makes the book rather heavy for carrying around in your bag, but it still does not preclude me from having it with me when I am out in the field. I highly recommend this fine volume for anyone who owns the Mark ll or is considering a purchase of one. By the way, the camera is fantastic as well.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa096990c) out of 5 stars First book I ever preordered Oct. 10 2010
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This is the first book I was so anxious to get that I preordered it. I am not disappointed. While anticipating the release of Busch's book, I studied other books by various authors on the 5D Mark II as well as David's Busch's books on other camera models. I knew this was the "one." There is really nothing more to add to the earlier reviews except I agree wholeheartedly with every positive comment. I might add however, that as a senior citizen, I appreciate the type style used and the very readable examples and illustrations. The excellent quality of the paper is also what would be expected in a manual for the wonderful 5D Mark II. The manual which came with the camera was frustrating to say the least and now I am confident that I am going to be able to utilize most if not all, of the advanced features of this wonderful camera. Although I had used a Canon 35mm for years and was familiar with photograpic techniques, this camera and this manual have opened up a new world. After a gresat deal of research, it is satisfying to know that I chose the right camera and the right manual to go with it. Thanks, David.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0969c00) out of 5 stars Most accurate and comprehensive 5D Mk II Guide Available Dec 29 2010
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The owners manual that comes with the 5D Mk II does little more than tell you about the buttons and menus. This book does so much more. It's better organized, and with nearly 500 pages of information, tells you why you should use each setting and control, while relating them directly to the most important dSLR concepts.

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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b37114) out of 5 stars Too formulaic Oct. 30 2011
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It seems that somewhere in the past, a good text was developed along with a good set of images, but with release of subsequent models of cameras, that same text and set of non-camera-specific images are used as the majority of the base for the newer books. If the reader has never seen one of David Busch's earlier works, he/she may well be impressed with the amount of information provided, and at an attractive price. However, without significant prior knowledge of Canon cameras, the reader may not recognize the technical errors introduced by the failure to adequately edit those references to functions or features of the base document that are either not available or that are different from the EOS 5D Mark II.