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Magic Lantern DVD Guides Complaint - Misleading Product - D300 Instructional DVD

Review by samtheman on 2008-07-11
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI -- The Nikon D300 is my first semi-professional digital SLR, so I bought this DVD because I didn't want to spend time flipping through a 400+ page instruction manual. Also, I find it easier to learn through personal instruction and practical application. I have been a student of photography for a few years, so I am familiar with the intermediate aspects of taking pictures such as aperture, shutter speed, bracketing, etc., (which the instructor assumes you already know) so I was expecting in-depth instruction on the more technical functions of the D300.

There are several chapters covered on the DVD, including an intro to the basic functions of the camera, manual shooting, flash photography, white balance settings, focus settings, and a few more topics, but the instructor only hits the wavetops. He highlights a few menu settings that I may not have discovered on my own, but there is minimal detail for such an advanced camera. In fact, toward the end of the production, the instructor suggests buying the book if you desire more specifics.

At this point, I couldn't help but feel I had SUCKER written across my forehead. I bought the DVD thinking I wouldn't have to buy the book! If you're interested in more than just a two to three hour class on some of the abilities of the D300, look elsewhere.
Comments:2 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-07-11
Posted by MRM on 2008-07-11:
Sam, you are the man for this informative review!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-07-11:
Thanks for the info. I can not stand to read through manuals...I'm more of a hands on person...have someone show me what to do, and I can do it...but DON'T make me read a manual...especially those that have 200 pages, only to find 10 are in English and the rest are other languages.

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