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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but flawed
The author makes a bold and successful attempt at describing some of the more essential and opaque principals of the physics of optics. However, the editor allows too many mistakes to remain in the book to merit a five star rating. Formulas are occasionally misprinted, and at $40+, that is unfortunate, and very confusing. Another pass under the watchful eye of a...
Published on 15 Jun 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars Hershey's book is short on facts and long on opinion.
While the title is "Optics and Focus for Camera Assistants" only about half of the book concerns itself with the title subjects. Half of the book is advice on how to eat before a long plane flight, what to wear on a shoot and other fluff. Hershey's writing style is a grating mix of unsupported opinions and mystical asides about "zen" and Carlos...
Published on 18 Oct 1998


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hershey's book is short on facts and long on opinion., 18 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Optics and Focus for Camera Assistants: Art, Science and Zen (Paperback)
While the title is "Optics and Focus for Camera Assistants" only about half of the book concerns itself with the title subjects. Half of the book is advice on how to eat before a long plane flight, what to wear on a shoot and other fluff. Hershey's writing style is a grating mix of unsupported opinions and mystical asides about "zen" and Carlos Castenedas. The one chapter on focus estimation tricks and lens marking techniques is fair. But I can't say it is worth over $42. If you want a book about optics get "Applied Photographic Optics" by Sidney F. Ray.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but flawed, 15 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Optics and Focus for Camera Assistants: Art, Science and Zen (Paperback)
The author makes a bold and successful attempt at describing some of the more essential and opaque principals of the physics of optics. However, the editor allows too many mistakes to remain in the book to merit a five star rating. Formulas are occasionally misprinted, and at $40+, that is unfortunate, and very confusing. Another pass under the watchful eye of a technically proficient editor would elevate this book to the level worthy of its author. A revised edition would be appreciated. Still, I haven't seen its equal on the market. Only in a physics class could you find the information contained in the technical chapters and only on set could you gain the wisdom of the sections on diet, dress, and general preparation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any camera assistant's infinity bag!, 11 Mar 1997
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This review is from: Optics and Focus for Camera Assistants: Art, Science and Zen (Paperback)
Hershey's book is truly a mix of Zen. It arrives between
Arnheim's "Film as Art" and The "AC Manual, 2nd ed." All the
science behind why and what an AC sees through the lens is
discussed. If you have a Physics phobia, be prepared to put
on your thinking cap. But this book is the best way of
avoiding any optics or physics class and gets to the nitty
gritty. Other techniques such as focus pulling, guerilla
filmmaking and travel are covered. But most importantly is
the focus on the craft and zen of the assistant. This book
goes a long way in achieving that goal.
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