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on 29 October 2011
This is a well designed, well-written book, but who is it for? It is a compact guide to every Four Thirds and Micro Four thirds camera made to date compete with several pages describing each and including a specification list. Why? Who would want to know that level of detail? A specialist? A wannabe camera historian? In which case, why - inter alia - does the book also provide an absolute beginner's guide to photography? Why, come to that, does the author include a brief history of both Olympus and Kodak? Remove the idiots' guide to photography, the history of Olympus and Kodak and the page after page of detailed technical descriptions of dozens of cameras (most of which have been discontinued anyway) and you are left with, well, not much else. A few nice photographs, yes: an interestingly designed volume, certainly but nothing else. More to the point, there is nothing in this book that cannot be found in a few minutes on Google. Disappointing.

What the author should have done (and I wish he had thereby saving me £10.99, but that's my lookout) is written about how to make the best of the Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds systems by highlighting their real strengths and weaknesses and generally how to exploit the former and mitigate for the latter. He did not. So, budding pro photographers with a flair for writing, produce the book this should have been. I, for one, will buy it.
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