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on 7 May 2013
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Sony's NEX 5R and 6 Cameras - 3 Sample Chapters (Kindle Edition)
Oh Lordy, this is not what I really wanted. The author tells us at the start that he is not going to go over the stuff that the manual already does and he then begins his basics photography course. About 80% of this book could have been about any DSLR type camera. He goes through all the usual PASM and automatic modes which apply to all decent cameras. I don't like the manuals that manufacturers supply because the are small, on thin paper which gets easily dog eared and they are usually very basic. I wanted a book to go over what the small Sony manual already states but I want the book to expand on the various features and how best to exploit them. I didn't buy this to find out what shutter speed and aperture are. I know all this or I wouldn't have spent so much money on the Nex 6. This camera is not aimed at people just moving up from point and shoots. Sony already make the Nex 3x cameras for this. I thought I would get a book which also explored my flash options but no, the author only recommends one of Sony's most expensive flashes. I wanted to use off camera flash but had to find out on my own.
It took me hours of pouring through forums to get what I wanted. Where am I coming from?
My first DSLR was a Nikon D80, I bought extra lenses for it. I have also had the D90 and the Nikon D5100 (still use it) which are all great cameras. I wanted a camera for street photography and after trying and selling the Sony RX100, I settled on the Nex 6. It's a great camera but not without it's niggles. Off camera flash on the NEX 6? I have finally found that the Yonguo CTR-301P triggers work with my Nikon speedlight and my Nissin Di622 MK ii. The triggers cost about £20 and it seems they'll work with any flash except the older Sony and Minolta hotshoes.
Sorry, I'm getting off-target here. That's kind of what I wanted this book to tell me. The author also devotes useful pages to the LCD display and how to set it up but he omits to say that the brightness of the LCD can also be controlled in the menu settings. There is even a sunny weather setting which I didn't know about. It works very well when you've to hold the camera above your head in bright sunlight. In short, this book is about photography, it is not specifically about the Nex 6.
I'm giving this 3 stars when perhaps it should get 2!