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Brian Matsumoto Ph.D , Carol F. Roullard
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5 July 2014

This book is a guide to using the Sony a7 and a7R, the first full frame, autofocus system cameras. At half the weight of a full frame DSLR, they are easy to carry for photographers on the go. The less-expensive a7 has a 24-megapixel sensor for shooting rapidly changing scenes; the a7R has a 36-megapixel sensor designed for ultimate image sharpness. Both use advanced image-processing algorithms and can use any manufacturer's lens when matched with the appropriate adapter. The electronic viewfinder gives the photographer an accurate preview of the image, ensuring the capture of technically excellent photographs by preventing mistakes in color temperature, depth of field, and exposure. All features of the a7 and a7R are covered, including automatic stitching to create panoramas, and multi-shot noise reduction that allows the use of extremely high ISOs. This book guides the photographer in using both the camera's automated features and manual controls to take photographs that are a unique reflection of his or her creative personality.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (5 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937538494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937538491
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a research scientist and lecturer who worked for over 30 years recording experiments with a variety of film and digital cameras. His photographs have been featured on the cover of such periodicals as BioTechniques and American Laboratory. In addition to the six books he has written for Rocky Nook, Dr. Matsumoto has edited two books on microscopy and published many articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Carol F. Roullard has been an avid photographer since junior high, where she first experimented with black-and-white artistic compositions. Since then, she has continued photographing an expansive array of subjects, ranging from nature's sweeping vistas to urban architectural scenes. She has used an extensive array of photographic tools ranging from simple point-and-shoot to complex professional cameras. More recently, Ms. Roullard started showing and selling her award-winning fine art photographs through galleries, art exhibits, and her website. This is her sixth book to be published by Rocky Nook.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I am a keen amateur photographer who has owned many cameras from Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Fujifilm and they all have one thing in common - inadequate manuals! The Sony A7 is no different in this regard so I normally buy at least one of these type of books and I found three available. I cannot comment on the other two books as I do not own them and I have no need to. This book covers everything properly with detailed explanations and illustrations. It has obviously been compiled with hands on experience and investigation, explaining for example why there is an Exposure Compensation dial and a menu selection for the same (and what happens if both are set). The Sony A7 is a fantastically complex camera capable of producing outstanding images *IF* it is used properly, this book is helping me to realise its full potential. I bought the Kindle version for its search facility (which works very well) and I can confirm that a full and detailed table of contents is also available. Five stars all the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book delivering insider information 21 July 2014
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Delivers exactly what it states it sets out to do. An invaluable book that delivers so much information about the camera that I didn't know about. I thoroughly recommend this book to all new owners of the Sony a7 or a7R
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 Aug 2014
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Very detailed and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written guide 3 July 2014
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This guide is well written, easy to follow and should be helpful to users at any level of expertise. I am transitioning from a Canon full frame camera to the mirrorless world of the Sony A7R, and find this a great reference for my new camera and its controls. Those new to photography should find this valuable as well. Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Owner's Guide Sony should have included in the a7's box. 9 July 2014
By Charles W. Long - Published on
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I am on page 129 of the 362 pages of this great book. At first, just thumbing trough it I could see that my a7 had lots of exciting features and capabilities that I had not anticipated when I bought it. I read a couple of sections that were of particular interest to me, finding clear and detailed information and clearly understandable step-by-step procedures. Then I decided this "guide book" needed reading from cover to cover. And that's what I have been doing. It is not a fast process if you take time to try out a lot of the things you find. The authors do a great job explaining the pros and cons of various settings and provide a lot of great suggestions regarding their use. Photo-jargon and acronymic abbreviations are clearly explained. I thought I was getting along quite well with my new a7 before getting the book, but now having read just under half of it I am doing things with it I never imagined possible.

Any one having made the investment in a Sony a7 is, I think, being foolish if this book is not purchased.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow this book! 26 July 2014
By Mel S - Published on
After six months using the a7 with mixed results, I bought this book. It's clarity, step by step instructions and overall level of clarity have unlocked my cameras potential. I took excellent images today and am excited about the camera for the first time since the day it arrived. If you have the camera, get this will put you in charge of your camera.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly better than Gary Friedman's 4 Aug 2014
By Tex Andrews - Published on
This is the manual to have for your A7/7R. Possibly better than Gary Friedman's, and that's saying something. Far, far superior to Brian Smith's (although his is well suited to beginners and the images are better) as a manual. This book assumes that purchasers of these cameras would come to the purchase with some basic camera knowledge--which I quite agree with in the case of these cameras---can't really imagine beginners using either of these cameras.

I have found a typo or two, and a caution for intermediate to advanced readers: Chapter 2 is titled "Basics of Digital Photography", so I almost skipped it (it's only 22 pages...). Well, don't skip it: there are explanations of some menu items in about half of those 22 pages.

Also excellent: the physical size of the book. 9 x 6 x 5/8 inches, or 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm. Excellent compromise of big enough for readability, but small enough for most gear bags, even a lot of smaller ones. Very generously illustrated (with menu and screen shots, charts, etc, 65 pages of appendixes concerning the menu commands; separate section on video; several pages of recommendations; chapter 9, "Accessory Lenses", about 25 pages, also briefly discusses legacy lenses and adapters, work with telescopes and microscopes, some interesting macro photography tidbits, and remote release cabled and through the app.

My only quibble, and Friedman's IIRC has the same "problem", is that there is no discussion of radio triggers at all. In 2014 I see this as an omission of significance, especially considering Minolta/Sony's queer flash system. Yes, they are 3rd party (why doesn't an electronics giant like Sony do their own radio triggers?????), but the authors talk about some 3rd party stuff in chapter 9, so....Also, no discussion of some of the other interesting flash options, like Metz and others.

Nevertheless, I still say 5 stars for this book. If not a must-have, at least a should-have. I am glad I got it (and I already have Friedman's guide and Smith's as well)---just wish it had come out sooner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 27 July 2014
By ANDREW D. RICHARDS - Published on
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I generally agree with the 2 previous reviewers. I have a more in-depth review on my blog which reveals some of my personal prejudices regarding photography and photo books. I think the readers "mileage will vary" a lot depending on what s/he is looking for. I think this is probably an ideal book for a newly serious photographer, or a new adopter of the mirrorless camera systems. I did pick up a few tidbits of information from the book and thought it was a worthwhile purchase. It is, in my view, the best of the available books and is the closest to the "missing manual" that all current cameras (do not) have.

However, I do not think it reaches the bar set by the old "Magic Lantern" series books and I yearn for a return of them. I am a 40-year shooter, who has owned a lot of equipment over the years. I was looking for a more in-depth, technical manual, delving into some of the more in-depth features and their quirks. I thought that at times the authors suggestions were a bit myopic, relating to their own style of photography (which is fine) but not necessarily exploring other options. There are still many unanswered questions for me about the nitty gritty details of the camera's features.

Lastly, as a fairly serious landscape/nature/travel shooter, I rarely use the jpeg format and 99.9% of the time am shooting in raw. While I appreciate the need for spending time on the camera's features that do in-camera processing, I would have liked a more clear delineation of what features worked in raw and what (most) don't. This could be a consistent feature of a book that would maybe say "for jpeg shooters" or something similar. If you are a raw shooter, the book is not consistently clear about what applies and what doesn't.
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