Canon 7D Compact Field Guide

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The Canon 7D Compact Field Guide is more accessible than the 7D Manual. I have quickly read through some parts of this book, which I feel is appropriate since it is essentially a reference book on the 7D; a replacement for the Canon manual, but much easier on the eyes.

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The Canon 7D Compact Field Guide is more accessible than the 7D Manual.

I have quickly read through some parts of the Canon 7D Compact Field Guide, which I feel is appropriate since it is essentially a reference book on the 7D; a replacement for the Canon manual, but much easier on the eyes. Okay, its also more readable, larger book, fonts, pictures, etc. Definitely a more pleasant experience compared to the plain old official manuals.

What follows is the review I wrote for the more extensive David Busch’s Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Photography. Of the two books though, I feel most of us should certainly buy the smaller Compact Field Guide for the 7D, though I would recommend both books; at some point you will want to explore all the advanced features of this DSLR and the larger book goes deeper into its workings.

A few years ago, when I bought my first DSLR the Canon XSi/450D, I ordered a couple of books on it and found David Busch’s book very informative, helpful and most of all, readable. I hardly ever needed to look at the Canon manual. For my old eyes, the Canon manual is not the first choice.

And now I got the Canon EOS 7D a couple of weeks ago, I immediately ordered both of David Busch’s books. His Canon 7D Compact Field Guide is a concise reference, very handy and pretty comprehensive. I did take a quick look at it and kept it aside for occasional reference whenever I need it.

Canon 7D Compact Field Guide

His Canon 7D Guide to Digital SLR Photography has 473 pages. Happily its a very readable guide and trust me, unless you are an old hand at DSLR’s, you need this book. I have read about 200 pages already, and do find quite a bit of stuff which I know well enough, but more information specific to the 7D, which is absolutely a must-know. I have used the XSi for about 3 years and being familiar with Canon’s system, I was able to set-up and start using the 7D right away without cracking open the manual. But I could see that the 7D is a whole new, complex, sleek, different animal. For example, its Auto-Focus system is perhaps generations ahead of the now pokey (comparatively) auto-focus ability of the XSi. A bit of hand-handing is nice so I can take full advantage of a variety of new features in this camera.

There is a lot of material in this book which applies to DSLR’s in general, not necessarily specific to the 7D. I love reading books, and the extra material i.e. a discussion of what is Phase Detection mode, Contrast Detection mode, etc.. well, I find it interesting and informative. One doesn’t need to understand all this to use either of these modes in the 7D, though. But there is other general information about using DSLRs in the book, which new-bies will surely find useful.

I got the books the day after I received my 7D. Using my old 2GB CF cards with the 7D, I realized I would need faster and larger memory cards (the 7D takes 18 megapixel JPegs and much larger RAW pictures, and the burst mode takes 8 frames/sec). When the books arrived, I took a quick look to see what David Busch recommended about the speed/size of the memory cards. There was no specific recommendation. So I emailed him with this question, and he responded with info about what type, speed, size and brand of CF cards he personally uses.

Bottom line, this book is an excellent guide if you don’t mind a detailed guide with the author’s recommendations and sometimes his personal choice of settings (he explains why) plus other general DSLR information, information about lenses, etc. Remember, even if you are a newbie, you will probably at some point need some information about available lenses and what to get, etc. If you need just a compact guide to the 7D, then get his David Busch’s Compact Field Guide For The Canon EOS 7D.

The Field Guide is probably the book you will continue to use for reference long after you have become very familiar with the 7D. To start with though, I recommend that you read this full guide to really understand all the features/menus/custom functions/buttons, the author’s explanations, recommendations etc. This is a new generation camera with very complex features that one needs to understand to use it to the maximum. Remember, this DSLR is even more advanced than the full-frame Canon 5D Mark II which, like its predecessor the 5D, a legend.

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With more than 2 million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Compact Field Guides, David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography, and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides.
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