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2.0 out of 5 stars An intro to digital photography and a Leica M9, 26 Jun. 2011
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I found this book sadly redundant. While others may find it slightly more useful, I doubt there is a single person on earth for whom this book is correctly targetted.

It's a combination of

1. an introduction to digital photography
2. an introduction to Adobe Lightroom
3. an instruction book for the Leica M9.

While 2 & 3 make sense to some extent since buying an M9 gives you rights to Lightroom for your RAW processing, item one is aimed at someone who has never picked up a DSLR before let alone a Rangefinder.

I've been using Lightroom since the day is was launched since Adobe bought the company which made my preferred RAW processing engine, so item 2 for me was also redundant. Only item 3 was relevant, but since I'd already downloaded the camera instrcutions from the net, it too was redundant.

So the perfect buyer here has only ever owned a cheap compact camera, has never done their own digital RAW processing, and yet wants to skip owning a DSLR, and go straight to the Leica, costing 2 - 3 times as much as the best Nikon and Canon DSLRs. It's be like the household gardener branching out into diamond mining because "it's all diggin', innit?"

Caveat Emptor!
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2011 10:53:28 BDT
A. Beardmore says:
Thanks for the review. I had been wondering what there could possibly be to expand on once you have the M9 manual - but maybe I had missed something. This review shows I probably had not. The delight of the M9 - and the M film cameras - is the simplicity of operation and the ease of use of the menus on the digital versions.

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 09:44:50 BDT
B Gledden says:
This review made me smile and was extremely helpful as I appear to be the perfect buyer for this book! I've gone straight from an iPhone to my beautiful new M9-P 35mm F2 Summicron.... I have absolutely no idea what a RAW file is or can do.... But I'm going to enjoy finding out!
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