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David Busch's Olympus OM-D E-M5 Guide to Digital Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) Paperback – 20 Nov 2012
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1: Launch Pad. 2: Quick Start. 3: Roadmap. 4: Setup/Menus. 5: Exposure. 6: Autofocus. 7: Advanced Shooting. 8: Live View/Movies. 9: Lenses. 10: Lighting and Flash.
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Dan Simon is an adjunct professor in the Culture and Communications Department at the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University. He teaches courses on a wide variety of topics including online journalism, fundamentals of journalism, public relations, public speaking, desktop publishing, business and technical communications, and communication theory. He has also taught courses in camera techniques and digital photography for East Stroudsburg University and desktop publishing for Gloucester County College. Dan also has more than 30 years of experience as a writer and photographer. He is currently working on a doctorate in culture and communication at Drexel University. His published works include the Digital Photography Bible Desktop Edition (John Wiley and Sons Publishing), Digital Photography All-in-One, (Wiley), and Digital Photos, Movies, & Music Gigabook for Dummies (Wiley). He is also a regular contributor to the Growing Edge Magazine (hydroponics) and Pennsylvania Magazine (regional, travel). With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list-simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.
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While it's not entirely without value, it's lazily written and lazily edited. It's chock full of cut and paste errors and plain old factual errors. At one point the author explains that to change mode, one must press the mode button and turn the main dial (the OM-D E-M5 doesn't have a mode button). In another section he spends three quarters of a page explaining how awesome his invention of the use of large colour pictures to describe the various controls of the camera is. He explains how to assign AEL/AFL to a button twice but at no point (as far as I can tell) does he explain what AEL/AFL are or how to use them. He also incorrectly describes the purpose of the focal length setting in the image stabilisation section of the menus.
My wife found it very amusing though. Every time I was reading it, I would regularly snort and mutter derisively which she found very entertaining.
It's nice to have a book in hand and like I said, it's not entirely without value but it's clearly a lazy, sloppy, cash-grab that could have been much more.
The OM-D's set-up procedures are simply arcane and the manual is next thing to useless. This necessitates a lot of web research (dpreview has a good article) and probably this book. I eventually found how to assign the Fn-1 button to centre the focal point with the aid of the book (it is not as straightforward as you might imagine). If you are reading this review, you've probably bought the camera, you just need to add the cost of the book to the price of the camera - Olympus, hang your head in shame!
Most of what you want to know is on the Internet, YouTube in particular, so why spend money?
My replacement book has arrived and the binding is fine. Amazon handled this quickly and efficiently at no cost to me. I had contacted the author via the Amazon.com site and he offered to have the publishers in the US replace my book. I did not take up the offer as Amazon were taking action. All-in-all the problem was very well handled so plaudits to Amazon and the author David Busch.
I have not yet read the content thoroughly, but so far:
+ Clear progression from initial setup through to more complex functions
+ Plenty of excellent illustrations, easy to follow
+ Plenty of bullet-points, numbered paragraphs, so no need to wade through lengthy text
+ Seems pretty thorough
- The book assumes prior DSLR knowledge without recommendations, such as beginner set-up etc.
- Some topics seem a bit thin, (even wrong?) such as using a remote control
- Nothing on the Olympus Viewer 2 software
The negatives pull the rating back to four stars, but otherwise I am very pleased with this manual.
The original review:
The content looks very promising, but after five minutes the pages were falling out. Hopeless for a reference manual intended to be used time and again. Mine is being returned, but I'm fearful I'll have the same problem with the replacement.
It is well written, clearly set out with ample pictures and diagrams to illustrate the points. I wish I'd bought it straight away. I heartily recommend it.
It did not advise on the lens 12 to 50 which was included in the box and I had to refer to the on line Olympus manuel which was very good in advising me how to use the macro button on the lens.
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