Errata

Typos and Fixes:

Although a half-dozen of us pore through every word of my books looking for typos and goofs before they go to press, I’ve learned that, as careful as we are, we’re no match for the 20,000 or so eagle-eyed readers who (I hope) read each of my photography guides from cover to cover.  Vendors make changes to their products, firmware is updated, or I discover something new about a particular camera, too. If you’re looking for updates, corrections, and fixes, you’ll find them here.

You may discover that not every typo listed is present in your copy of my book; as soon as we receive an alert, every verified error is corrected for all future printings and editions.  So, with any luck, your copy has already been amended.  If, by chance, you discover a typo that is not listed here, the reason that it is not shown is that nobody has reported it to me yet.  Please do so!  Leave a comment here, and I’ll not only make the fix, but I’ll respond directly to you.

The list below includes all corrections that have already been made to future printings of the books noted.

Global: In most of my recent camera guides I passed along Photographic Solutions’ (then) recommendation to use Eclipse 2 cleaning solution instead of the original Eclipse 1 product to clean sensors.  The company has since discontinued Eclipse 2 and recommended going back to the original solution, which they now say does the best job.  Lacking a chemical laboratory to run tests, I’m changing my directions to match their latest recommendation.

BocaPhoto: Although I had pleasant dealings with Precision Photo/BocaPhoto for many years as my source for many camera parts, the company has gone out of business and the web site was taken over by scammers for a time.  I’m withdrawing my recommendation for the company that appears in many of my books, and have to report that I don’t know of a secondary source for those parts.

David Busch’s Sony a7R II/a7 II Guide to Digital Photography

As I note in the book, the a7II-series implementation of the Multi Frame Noise Reduction feature has been confusing, starting with its name in the ISO menu.  Here’s a clarification of the current procedures for using the feature, which differ from my description on pages 73 and 74:

  1. When you select the top entry in the column (which can be labeled ISO Auto, or given some other label, such as ISO 200, ISO 400, which leads to some confusion), press the right button. You can then choose either Auto or a fixed ISO setting which will be used to provide Multi Frame Noise reduction.  The effects will be more obvious  with higher ISO settings.
  2. If you’ve selected Auto in this menu, you can *also* specify the range which Multi Frame Noise reduction will use. (Rather than High or Standard.) However, this must be done using a separate setting. You need to use the second entry in the left column, AUTO, where you can choose minimum and maximum ISO settings. The values you choose will be applied *both* to Multi Frame Noise Reduction in Auto mode, and in conventional Auto mode.  This is simpler, but isn’t well-documented.

David Busch’s Sony A380/A330/A230 Guide to Digital  Photography

Page 104: Under What changes? in the next to the last sentence delete everything after unless.  (Sony removed the AEL button in the A380/A330/A230 series.)

David Busch’s Sony SLT-A65 Guide to Digital Photography

It says:

” Grid Line

Options: Off, Rule of 3rds Grid, Square Grid, Diag. + Square Grid

Default: Off

This feature, the first item on the Custom 2 menu screen (see Figure 3.10), lets you choose from three possible configurations of composition aids on the camera’s screen. The Rule of 3rds Grid option puts two pairs of parallel lines on the screen, dividing the image into 9 parts. If you place the most important part of your composition near the intersections of these lines, you will be observing the Rule of Thirds, which calls for locating the main features of the photograph away from the center of the image. The Square Grid uses five vertical lines and four horizontal lines, in each direction, yielding 24 blocks, which allows for more precise placement of the components of your shot. Finally, the Diag. + Square Grid option uses the same square grid with diagonal lines intersecting in the center of the image, giving you a few more options for alignment of the elements of your composition. (See Figure 3.11.)”

It should say:

“The Square Grid uses five vertical lines and THREE horizontal lines”

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