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I agree with the positive comments regarding Gary Friedman's book on the D7/D5.
His book has been instrumental for me in better understanding the use and possibilities of this fantastic Minolta product!
Important subjects that, I feel, did not get adequate attention are metering and exposure compensation; this goes too for how to make optimum use of the information the camera meter supplies when in manual mode.
Readers familiar with working with DSRL's and users of Photoshop will most likely be less interested in the content of pages 251 - 314?
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Little question: I downloaded this file yesterday, but I can't get it to work?

Is there anybody who knows how to solve this problem?
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Have you got a recent version of Acrobat Reader?
AFAIR it also comes in a zipped form so you need to unzip.

And welcome, BTW.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Leendert12 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 April 2006 at 18:25
Thanks!

Yes, I have the latest version of Adobe Reader. The PDF file is zipped (I guess) in a self-extracting file. But this doesn't work like it supposed to be. I tried to open it in WinRAR and it opens flawless, like a normal PDF in Adobe Reader.

I'm sorry I bothered everybody.... how stupid I am... ;-)

BTW I like this forum and hope to learn a lot about my "new" Dynax (maxxum) 7D. It isn't brandnew, I bought it on kind-a-Ebay (in the Netherlands), with a couple of lenses and I try to make the most of it.
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Don't worry -- I had never heard of WinRAR until Kiklop mentioned it a couple of months back. It seems a little more robust than some others.

Good luck with the new camera -- the book will be a help in explaining things, and in a far better way than the manual.

If you hadn't noticed already, we have quite a few Dutch members.
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Yes, I noticed already. This forum contains quite a lot information, especially when compared to similar forums in the Netherlands. I hope to learn a lot looking around on this forum.
 



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Hi, I got my copy end of July as a birthday present. This is, as other forum members stated before a very good book. It's written in a very easy and for everyone understandable style. All major features, and better, advanced options are discussed accompanied by examples. I got a hard copy, easy to read in your folding chair during holidays, holding the 7D to go through all of his cool tips.
I highly recommend this book to new owners and those who want to explore their 5d/&d possibilities.
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Hello Dirk, I have read very interesting things about this book, and I am thinking to buy it, but I am afraid of my medium english, enough to have some time here but maybe not enough to understand all of it

I will think about it

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Originally posted by gsaronni gsaronni wrote:

I am afraid of my medium english, enough to have some time here but maybe not enough to understand all of it


The best way to learn is to practice it, and you'll understand it probably because you're familiar with the subject. See the sample pages to get an idea.

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Hi Dirk,
I bought this book used (I was not willing to pay for a new), and here is my notice:


1.     If in your local language is not made any user guide (and usually not), and you need it, this is a good User Guide replacement
2.     Good easy, understandable language. Made by practitioner. Easy to read and understand.
3.     For somebody who is new in DSLR, or have small experience, this book is MUST
4.     For somebody who already have some books about basics in photography, but who shooting with digital for a short time, and are new with 5D, or 7D the book is very good source for info about DSLR and about Minolta cameras.
5.     But if you are Ąexperiencesď user, you read a lot, you shot a lot, you are reading forums on internet, the .pdf version is enough. All new tricks and tips for such a customers can be compressed to one or two pages of plain paper. And you will always find some new tricks, you omit on User guide, or you do not know about.

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Originally posted by gsaronni gsaronni wrote:

...but I am afraid of my medium english, enough to have some time here but maybe not enough to understand all of it..I will think about it

Hello Jose, don't be afraid. The book is very easy to read and Gary just did use plain English, no difficult words no guru talk nor expert bla, bla. It's so easy to read, my 15 year old son also is able to understand it.

I'm not a beginner in photography but also not a very experienced expert. Of course I read all the manual, but as many know, some subjects are only mentioned very limited. The Friedman book just describes all the possibilities, just with friendly USEFUL tips. And, important for me, reading the book reminded me of some function that I knew were there, but honestly have sunken deep in my memory, so now I refreshed it and use it again. Particulary his tips on AEL and Wireless flash triggered me again to do some more playing around with it.

For those with a vast experience and skills in DSLR, the book might be a surplus, but for everyone else I think it is a usefull reference and add to the manual.
I highly recommend the book. (Gary you know my bank account <;-))
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I've purchased two physical copies and two e-books to give to friends who went Minolta. All of them said the book was fantastic and just what they needed. Two of them had the Magic Lantern book, and said they wasted their money.

I, of course, love it and think it very useful or I wouldn't have given it to my friends. I think his technique of explaining the camera functions as they directly relate to a particular task is just what is needed for beginners, and a review of fundamentals doesn't hurt folks who have been at it a while, either.
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