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Old May 27, 2010, 6:45 AM   #1
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Default What guide book is best for a Canon XSi

Hi,
A friend just bought a XSi, and wanted to buy a basic book on functions, etc.
Are the "dummies" books any good, or can someone suggest a decent but easy book to get the most, buy also basic stuff?

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Old Jun 1, 2010, 9:03 PM   #2
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One thing I found very disappointing about the ...dummies books is that they basically are cut-and-paste ups. I just looked at the T1i_500D and the XS_1000D books and they are word for word the same (of course not everywhere).

I really don't think you need another book explaining how to insert the memory card or how to set the camera to P when the manufacturers manual tells you already. Unless your friends likes to be a completist, I'd see a better investment would be a book giving ideas about composition or exposure techniques. Spending time leafing thru them at the bookstore is half the pleasure for me.

Just to give a canon based example, this book has plenty of information for a beginner to absorb:
A Short Course In Canon EOS Digital Rebel Photography from
http://www.shortcourses.com/store/index.html

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FYI...I ended up buying Understanding Photography by Bryan Peterson

It is an all in one book on everything from exposure, ISO ,,,on and on...
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You made an excellent purchase, Mark-

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