Camera manuals are never “casual” reading. How many of us actually read the darn things? When your manual really comes in handy, of course, is that moment in the field when your camera doesn’t behave as you expected. Grrr!
While you could carry a copy of your camera manual in your camera bag, chances are it will get lost, torn, or damaged. Here’s a better idea.
Almost every camera manufacturer offers a PDF version of their product manuals. If you’ve got a smart phone with a PDF reader application (iBooks, for example), why not just put copies of all your camera manuals right on your smart phone? Chances are, you will have your phone with you in the field, so do yourself a favor and put your camera references on it too.
If you have an iPhone, the easiest way to transfer documents to it is via iTunes. Simply download the PDF manual from the manufacturer’s site, then open iTunes. Drag the PDF document icon to the “Books” item in iTunes, and then sync your iPhone. Hint: this trick works with all my eBooks, too.
If you don’t have an iPhone, see if your smart phone has a built-in PDF reader. If not, there are lots of good 3rd-party reader apps out there, too.