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Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One)

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Blue Crane Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera - This is a super advanced camera with a myriad of functions, buttons and features to master.

In this DVD, you'll get a solid course in how to make this machine work best for you. Everything is covered in simple, straightforward language making it completely accessible.

This DVD is for pros who need a grass roots course in the camera's system or amateurs who have stepped up from a simple point-shoot camera. The second volume of this series will cover the more advanced facets of the camera.

Includes

Creative Auto
Shutter priority
Aperture priority/Depth of field
Depth of field preview
Focus alternatives
Metering
White balance/Color temperature
Playback and image review
Live View shooting
HD and SD video
Exposure compensation
Flash basics
Custom functions introduction
Programmable buttons
Info button
Composition
Self timer
Picture Styles
and much more...
Subject Instructional
Author Not Specified by Publisher
Edition First
Hard/Soft Cover DVD
Pages 90 minutes (approx)
Dimensions DVD
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Product #: BC123
Publisher Blue Crane Digital
Date Published 2009

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Blue Crane DigitalDVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One)
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to understand (15)
  • Good resource (12)
  • Informative (11)
  • Broad range of information (10)
  • Reliable research (6)

Cons

  • Limited information (3)

Best Uses

  • Occasional refresher (10)
  • One time use (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (10), Intermediate (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pricing

The DVD is well worth the money I paid which was [$]. Before I received the product the price went down to[$]. The price was reduced about 30%.

The DVD is well worth the money I paid which was [$]. Before I received the product the price went down to[$]. The price was reduced about 30%.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beginners only

I purchased the DVD with my 5d mii. Perhaps this DVD would be good for someone who has never used a Canon. I feel like it is worthless because it covers the basics of...Read complete review

I purchased the DVD with my 5d mii. Perhaps this DVD would be good for someone who has never used a Canon. I feel like it is worthless because it covers the basics of the basics. I figured a DVD for [$] would discuss content on a non-rookie level...I regret wasting my money.

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5.0

Good intro to camera

By BW Ventures Photography

from Knoxville, TN

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

    This dvd is a great way to get knowledge about a new piece of equipment. The camera is broken down in a way that anyone can understand.

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    5.0

    Excellent review or for a new user

    By Seat of the Pants Productions

    from Vaughn, WA

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Broad Range Of Information
    • Easy To Understand
    • Good Resource
    • Informative

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Occasional Refresher

      Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

      Not only gives terrific detail on how to get the best use of your 5D but is an excellent review of the principles of good photography. Good for the beginner or the pro going to a new camera.

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      5.0

      Blue Crane Training DVD for Canon 5D Mk

      By sarge

      from Hollywood, Md.

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Broad Range Of Information
      • Easy To Understand
      • Good Resource
      • Informative
      • Reliable Research

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use
        • Occasional Refresher
        • Reference Source

        Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

        Blue Crane teaches you about every setting on your camera. It is a movie you can watch and play with the camera at the same time, at your convience. Plus, the price at B&H was by far the best I have ever paid one of these DVD's.

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        5.0

        Informative and easy to follow

        By Sparky

        from San Antonio, TX

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Broad Range Of Information
        • Easy To Understand
        • Entertaining
        • Good Resource
        • Informative
        • Reliable Research

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Occasional Refresher
          • One Time Use

          Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

          An excellent training video for the first time user.

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          4.0

          Holy Schmoly

          By O'lfat learning new tricks

          from Sacramento CA

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Broad Range Of Information
          • Good Resource
          • Informative

          Cons

          • Difficult To Understand

          Best Uses

          • Occasional Refresher

          Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

          If it weren't for the fact that I'm a total novice, I might have had an easier time following this video. That said, I think anyone with this camera can benefit from this DVD. I am going to have to watch it several more times before I think I will become more familiar with all the functions. The one thing I did find annoying was the fact that my PC DVD player would not pause when I clicked on the pause button to try some of the suggestions. I did this several times during the playback, and each time I had to actually click the stop button to get it to stop playing. Needless to say this was annoying as h_ll, because each time I had to start from the beginning and fast forward to the areas in question. This is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.

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          5.0

          I should have bought this with thecamera

          By rieben

          from Steelville, MO

          About Me Advanced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Broad Range Of Information
          • Easy To Understand
          • Good Resource

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Occasional Refresher

            Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

            This gives some of the features that one may not know is on the camera. I will be reviewing some of the chapters several times to get the fine points. Very well ppresented,

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            4.0

            Better than the manual

            By JMK

            from Princeton, NJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Covers important features
            • Easy To Understand
            • Entertaining
            • Informative

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                The video was great for explaining and demonstrating all the features of the camera. I'm planning to purchase vol. 2 (advanced).

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                4.0

                In debth video

                By JB Photography

                from Oshkosh, WI

                About Me Advanced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Broad Range Of Information
                • Easy To Understand
                • Good Resource
                • Informative
                • Reliable Research

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Use
                  • Occasional Refresher

                  Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                  I am very pleased with this instructional DVD. It walks through things you can find in your manual but is more in debth, and takes the time to explain and review.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Odd blend of beginning and advanced info

                  By RJ

                  from Boulder, Colorado

                  About Me Advanced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Broad Range Of Information
                  • Clear
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Good Resource
                  • Informative
                  • Well-organised

                  Cons

                  • Info available free elsew

                  Best Uses

                  • If you want library
                  • Learn the camera
                  • One Time Use

                  Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                  As a skilled photographer finally officially switching from film to digital with the purchase of a Canon 5D Mark 11, I figured I'd need some basic camera info. This CD gave a good overview of the use of the camera. It's divided into chapters that you can click around to and each chapter gives thorough and clear information. I definitely felt more at ease with my camera after viewing it, so it fulfilled my expectations. A couple of times they went into photography (rather than learning the camera). So, rather than advancing to their second disk, I think I'll use Canon's free tutorials and YouTube. They're free and probably I will pick and choose exactly the types of information I want to learn at my level.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  canon dvd vol 1

                  By Studio London

                  from Battle Creek, Mich. Santa Barbara Calif

                  About Me Advanced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Understand

                  Cons

                  • Limited Information

                  Best Uses

                  • One Time Use

                  Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                  Not the professional level I was looking
                  for. But very good for people who NEED full
                  auto settings for everything. The real newbies
                  to SLR pro cameras.

                  A much better cast of models would help.
                  These must have been embarrassed office workers.
                  Poor lighting also.
                  Very amateur looking.
                  For a full retail price for the DVD, I would
                  expect B&H to charge $10 for such an amateur
                  version.
                  Is there no good DVD maker out there who does
                  a high level of work?

                  This DVD looked like it was done with low
                  budget wedding photographers branching out.

                  I was looking for serious info on manual shooting,
                  making custom manual settings like U would do with a Leica.
                  More info on using RAW and the use with
                  Photoshop.
                  More about studio lighting and flash with
                  models. Some about using Leica lenses on the
                  Canon 5D.
                  Nothing here about batteries, memory, cables,
                  computer link up, or even lenses. Yeah,
                  nothing about lenses. Do they ever show image
                  stabilization? NO.
                  Filters?


                  But, it is good for the new photographer.
                  Certainly not for a Brooks grad like me.
                  I give it a C- and a reshoot.

                  Carl of Studio London

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Pricing

                  By Whitey

                  from Hurricane, Utah

                  About Me Advanced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Broad Range Of Information
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Entertaining
                  • Good Resource
                  • Informative
                  • Reliable Research

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Occasional Refresher

                    Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                    The DVD is well worth the money I paid which was [$]. Before I received the product the price went down to[$]. The price was reduced about 30%.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great DVD

                    By MeanStraks

                    from Helena, Alabama

                    About Me Advanced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Broad Range Of Information
                    • Easy To Understand
                    • Entertaining
                    • Good Resource
                    • Informative
                    • Reliable Research

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Occasional Refresher
                      • One Time Use

                      Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                      Any tool you can use to help you learn a new trick is worth the [$] it costs several times over. Nobody knows their equipment 100%. This makes for a nice review to remind you of the good old basics as well.

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                      5.0

                      very informative

                      By rachel

                      from florida

                      About Me College/university

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Broad Appeal
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Promotes participation
                      • Reliable Information

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Learning reinforcement
                        • Skill Enhancement

                        Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                        I got a lot of good info out of this video. If you're the kind of person that has a difficult time learning from a book and need to be shown how to do something, I would definitely recommend buying this. I bought it when I first bought my 5d mark 2 and it taught me a lot about all the different functions and also how to use them which is something the instruction manual wont tell you. It has a pretty wide range of info.

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                        4.0

                        New Tricks

                        By MVP Photography

                        from Missouri

                        About Me Intermediate

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Understand
                        • Good Resource

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Occasional Refresher

                          Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                          About half way through the CD but have picked up some new things I didn't know already.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A VALUABLE ADJUNCT TO OWNERS MANUAL!

                          By deyeg

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Intermediate

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Broad Range Of Information
                          • Easy To Understand
                          • Entertaining
                          • Good Resource
                          • Informative

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Initial orientation

                            Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                            Moving up to the 5D Mark II froma 20D, I knew a fair amount about how to use my new camera. But on the advice of a friend I bought the Tranining DVD. What a great investment! It's so much easier to learn and understand the camera settngs when you can see it in action as well as read it. The production values are terrific, with photos and videos that illustate points clearly and concisely. I'm about to order Volume 2 and the DVD for the 580E Flash

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Good for beginners

                            By richy

                            from Bellingham, WA

                            About Me Advanced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Understand
                            • Good Resource
                            • Informative
                            • Reliable Research

                            Cons

                            • Limited Information

                            Best Uses

                            • Occasional Refresher

                            Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                            Good for beginners, too basic for intermediate or above photographers.

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Beginners only

                            By S.Taylor

                            from Provo

                            About Me Intermediate

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Understand

                            Cons

                            • Boring
                            • Limited Information
                            • Poor content value
                            • Too expensive

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                              I purchased the DVD with my 5d mii. Perhaps this DVD would be good for someone who has never used a Canon. I feel like it is worthless because it covers the basics of the basics. I figured a DVD for [$] would discuss content on a non-rookie level...I regret wasting my money.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Good beginners DVD

                              By Jesse

                              from Montreal

                              About Me Teacher

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Understand

                              Cons

                              • Somewhat dull examples

                              Best Uses

                              • One Time Use

                              Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                              Thought I'd substitute reading the manual by watching this DVD but as the man says, it's not intended to be a substitute. However, I probably will buy Volume 2 when it is available. If I learn one thing I didn't know it's worth [$]

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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Blue Crane Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D

                              By Poloasis

                              from Newark, DE

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use

                                  Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Training DVD for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Cameras (Volume One):

                                  Very intuitive, straight to the point and plain English. Could cover some more details even it's basic function DVD. Can't wait for Vol 2

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