Magic Lantern Guides Paperback – Sep 4 2012
|New from||Used from|
|Paperback, Sep 4 2012||
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top Customer Reviews
I love the hints and notes as they add much needed insight as to why things work the way they do. I often wonder why some features are in the product. I struggle to understand how I would use them. Magic Lantern will either give me that little push of understanding that will let me make use of the feature or let me know that I should ignore it all together as it applies for a different style or type of photography.
If you own a D700, you should own this book. If you are a novice photographer, it is a great reference, but you will want some additional materials to help you with general photography techniques.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Although there is some useful information in this book, overall it is full of errors, poorly organized, and doesn't provide much more than the manual considering the number of pages and the price ($20 list).
Here are a few problems:
- Black and white photos - that alone should tell you how much faith the publishers have in the book. They didn't want to invest a lot in it knowing how bad it was.
- Following the White Balance topic is White Balance Bracketing. The latter includes the steps for setting White Balancing but NOT Bracketing.
- In the chapter Quick Start-up guide he gives a couple of paragraphs on each of the Vari-Program modes. But the next chapter on Detail he goes right into White Balancing without mentioning which mode you can use. This is common through out the book.
- He constantly refers to the menu options by name. Why didn't they include the icons for designating the menu options as they do refering to non-menu items?
- Speaking of icons and errors, the icon is wrong on page 119 for selecting the histogram.
- He tried to fill pages with information that was already in the manual such as several pages on how to install the battery and the memory card.
- There are plenty of typos like you instead of your, repeated words, missing spaces, much, much more.
- page 90 shows a list of how many pictures can be in the buffer. On the left under quality it shows JPEG Large which should be Fine.
With the number of errors in the book I question the accuracy of the information and suggestions by the author. The topics are not organized well enough to be used as a reference. It's almost as if he sat and rambled into a recorder and gave it off to someone to type up. Not much thought was put into how the information was presented.
What I was really hoping for and what is drastically missing is how the different features could be used to affect the photos. Examples (which would have to be in color) of the same scene with different settings. What settings to use in different situations, etc. There are a lot of features in this camera but putting them to use can be overwhelming.
I gave it 2 stars as I did get a little out of it but I had to wade through a lot to find it.
Going by the D50 book, the books are not guides to photography but to the specific camera involved. It holds pretty closely to the manual information and manufacturer's specifications - for good reason, of course. But it goes into much more detail than the manual does. For example, it explains in depth how each of the pre-set program modes actually works, such as Protrait, Closeup, etc. It also explains the various option settings and makes recommendations for which to use and which not to use. While not a photography guide, it does give good tips on best settings for different situations. It also has a surprisingly good section explaining depth of field and how it is affected by zoom, distance and aperture. The book also has detailed technical appendices with lists of settings, options, accessories, error codes, etc. The book lastly comes with a folding laminated card with key shortcut tips useful to have on hand in the field.
So, all in all, was it worth reading? I would have to say yes. It ain't like reading a novel, that's for sure. For a new owner of a camera, it would be perfect. Having a bit of experience with the D50 now, this was more of a review but still a worthwhile one for me. For an experienced user, it would more of a reference book to look up why certain settings or modes work certain ways. I did find several things going through it where I had to say, "wow, I didn't realize (or remember) that." For example, once in the options menus, you can rapidly move through the settings with the scroll wheel rather than just the navigation button going one line at a time. Another example, you don't have to go into the menu to adjust the flash level, you can press the flash button + exposure button + use scroll wheel. Now these aren't earth-shattering and they are probably in the manual somewhere, but these two tips alone will really be useful.
Drawbacks: this particular book is heavily in need of a good editing job. There were many noticeable errors in the book which is inexcusable for a technical publication. For example, there were two places I noticed where icons of buttons were missing and the text would say, "then press the (insert exposure control icon) button." Missing and repeated words were also noticeable. Also too much space was taken up by solely black and white photos that neither show the camera's full potential nor did the pictures well demonstrate specific features and uses mentioned in the text.
By the way, this particular book was written by Simon Stafford, a British chap who appears to have written several books in the Magic Lantern Guide series.
Waste of money; just read the owner's manual or visit [...] and get ken's easy-to-follow D40 guide.
Get this instead.
Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide
This book serves as an OK supplement to the Nikon D50 instruction manual. The Nikon manual provides information about you the available functions as a reference. Simon Staafford's book gives you additional explanations about those functions in a conversational tone, as well as possible consequences when using the functions. It covers a lot of material, and it comes with small wallet-sized cards that have summary information about the camera's functionality in case you cannot take the manual with you.
One major nitpick I have is that the example photos are all black-and-white. I believe that for new Nikon D50 owners, they will likely be attracted to "colorful eye candy," so black-and-white photos don't truly help advocate the D50 camera. For example, I noticed David Busch's Nikon D50 Digital Field Guide, an all-color book, before noticing this book. If I didn't research this book, the publisher would have likely lost a sales opportunity. Don't underestimate the power of color in published materials, especially when the subject is about general photography.
Unfortunately, while the content about photography techniques are acceptable, there are a number of typos about camera operation, most notably the descriptions of the icons in the displays, as mentioned by another reviewer. I am now a little more experienced with the camera than I was before, so I didn't notice these typos initially. I agree that having typos about the camera's function is very bad for a book that tries to teach you how to use the camera.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Arts & Photography > Photography & Video > Digital Photography
- Books > Arts & Photography > Photography & Video > Equipment, Techniques & Reference > Color
- Books > Arts & Photography > Photography & Video > How-to > Magic Lantern Series
- Books > Computers & Technology > Digital Audio, Photography & Video > Digital Photography & Video > Digital Photography