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alund
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Dec 16, 2010 21:10 |  #1

I have owned the G9 and the G10. I just bought a G12. Opened
the box and didn't find any manual. Asked Canon, and they
told me that they were "saving the enviornment". If they cared
about their customers, they would have a manual available
as an extra cost accessory. They just referred me to the
"print it yourself" version on the web. That is just what I
need-an 8 1/2" 210 page epistle to stuff in my little camera
bag. I feel genuinely ripped off.




  
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Dec 16, 2010 21:18 |  #2

Environment, which environment, I know, the one that Canon stockholders live in


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Dec 16, 2010 21:20 |  #3

I work for a printing company, and I can tell you too many things get printed...

Oh, by the way, do you like the camera...?


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Dec 16, 2010 21:20 |  #4

Not a reason to be ripped off. You've owned the G9 and G10? Things should be intuitive by now:)




  
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Dec 16, 2010 21:26 |  #5

seriously, prepare to be ripped off more and more as time goes on.. paper manuals are a thing of the past


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Dec 16, 2010 21:28 as a reply to  @ Fureinku's post |  #6

who reads the manual anyways? I dont.


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Dec 16, 2010 21:30 |  #7

digitalh3lix wrote in post #11466486 (external link)
who reads the manual anyways? I dont.

Exactly, not until you have a problem, or a question, anyway... THEN, isn't the search function in a PDF better than thumbing through a manual...

I have PDF manuals that I use more than the printed manuals for my 1D and 1Ds


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Dec 16, 2010 21:35 |  #8

I think I've read a total of, maybe 10 pages, in total, from the 40D/5D/7D/5DII manuals and, in this country, you get 2 copies of the manual, in English and in French. It's not rocket science. Once you learn one camera, the others are just different flavors of the same thing.

Actually I learned everything I needed to know about a certain camera here on POTN before I even bought it. I certainly do not carry the manuals with me.


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Dec 16, 2010 21:45 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #9

Most of my recent technology purchases had either no manual or a VERY condensed quick start guide. At first, I thought it was a little cheap, but now I prefer to use manual on he net. If I do print out anything, it's just the page I will refer to the most.


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Dec 16, 2010 21:59 |  #10

Ok, I plead guilty. I am just a retarded, no nothing. With so many of you "super intelligent"
users out there, it makes me wonder why they ever started printing manuals in the 1st place.
Canon has evidently been wasting the enviornment for decades.




  
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Dec 16, 2010 22:04 |  #11

alund wrote in post #11466637 (external link)
Ok, I plead guilty. I am just a retarded, no nothing. With so many of you "super intelligent"
users out there, it makes me wonder why they ever started printing manuals in the 1st place.
Canon has evidently been wasting the enviornment for decades.

I think all digital cameras should come with a printed manual.


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Dec 16, 2010 22:05 |  #12

calm down, its not that big of a deal


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Dec 16, 2010 22:07 as a reply to  @ Tadaaa's post |  #13

I agree with the OP about having an option to buy a real printed manual.
But I am happy that Canon is stopping the useless printing.

You only have to look at some of the forum questions to realize that so many people do not refer to the manuals. IMO these manuals have gotten really good at walking through the interface and the features, plus have good indexes ToC etc. Are they perfect? No. But many people ignore them so let's not print them.

As for the emotion or 'rip off' ---- I disagree.

We are all so connected now and bandwidth is great. So if canon provided a quick start guide and a URL to a manual... that's spot on.

Searching out the gadget/digital reviews has been a big plus -- a walkthru of the interface and features. Another good resource.


Short-form: what EcoRick said. :)


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Dec 17, 2010 00:55 |  #14

my wife gave me my G12 (replaced G5) on a camping trip. I would have liked a paper manual that day just to quench an immediate thirst for details but I managed to shoot all weekend and got over it. I'd rather have a PDF ultimately.

"ripped off" seems overly dramatic.


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Dec 17, 2010 01:05 as a reply to  @ pwdieter's post |  #15

90% of all the electronics I have ever bought have come with a manual. I don't think I have ever read a single one. With high speed internet becoming popular not only on desktops and laptops but cellphones as well, we had to have seen this coming.

I'd imagine that it will be a while until Canon and other manufactures remove the manual from lower-end cameras. I'd guess they think if you can buy an advanced $500 point and shoot you probably can understand how to use it, and if not, figure out how to get the instructions online.


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