Tagged with panasonic - Personal View Talks http://personal-view.com/talks/discussions/tagged/panasonic/feed.rss Mon, 01 Sep 14 07:35:36 -0600 Tagged with panasonic - Personal View Talks en-CA Trailer for my SF-short "I wish my life" http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11161/trailer-for-my-sf-short-i-wish-my-life Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:14:10 -0600 conscius 11161@/talks/discussions Hello guys,

I'm making a trailer for my shortfilm. I don't think it's very easy because, the short is only 15 minutes.. and i want to make a trailer with not to much spoilers (yeah duh!! i know :P but it's difficult because it is already a short movie)

You guys probably didn't see my short film, so you are neutral public. Are you guy's (and girls) interested in seeing this short after seeing the trailer? And are there any tips, suggestions to make the trailer better?

Official Panasonic G5 topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3936/official-panasonic-g5-topic Tue, 17 Jul 2012 04:07:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3936@/talks/discussions image

The new DMC-G5 features a 3-inch fold out screen and a top of the line 16-megapixel sensor powered by Panasonic's Venus Engine VII.

G5 is capable of things like full HD video recording and capturing images up to 12,800 ISO.

Also it looks like we have power zoom control near shutter :-)


  • 16Mp sensor (18.3 megapixels total!)
  • 6fps burst
  • 1.44Mp viewfinder
  • 1080p50/1080p60 video recording (28Mp)
  • Additional control lever. Control lever behind the shutter button which controls the power zoom on compatible lenses. Alternatively it can be configured to operate exposure compensation or aperture in M-mode.
  • Higher-resolution 920,000 dot rear LCD
  • Regains the eye-sensor to automatically switch between LCD and electronic viewfinder.
  • 'Touchpad AF'. It allows you to move the AF area across the frame with your finger on the LCD while you're framing the shot through the EVF.
  • The newly added Electronic Shutter mode allows silent operation which is helpful in areas where silence is needed
  • The Extra Tele Conversion function extends zoom range Max 4.8x without deterioration of image quality.
  • Price: $800 for kit

Available at:


Previews and reviews:

Wedding Videography http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7279/wedding-videography Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:49:32 -0600 Sph1nxster 7279@/talks/discussions My wife and I have set up our Wedding Videography business in the North-East of Scotland for just over 2 1/2 years now. Although we still have a lot to learn, we believe we have managed to bring to our area a much more filmic approach to Wedding Films and have had the pleasure of working with wonderful couples who have been quick to recommend us to others. We also have won a recognised Wedding Industry award for Scotland which was certainly unexpected this year.

Thats the credentials out the way..... I wanted to start a topic that could act as a powerful resource tool for anybody wishing to enter into Wedding Videography. A collective center of useful tips, past experiences and success stories by way of sharing inspiring films from other members. This could be useful then for someone perhaps wishing to start filming weddings, or perhaps someoe who has been given that difficult challenge of filming their friend's wedding and doesn't know where to start. Useful also to those that have been doing it for years and are looking for some inspiration and a fresh set of eyes that newcomer's bring to the table.

With this in mind, I wanted to share the trials and tribulations we have encountered over the last year or so, the bad decisions with equipment we made and the ones where we got it right. Of course I add the caveat of everything I write being my own opinion and may of course not work for you. Every area in the world has accepted styles of what a Wedding Film should be, and what maybe works here doesnt necessarily work elsewhere. My focus in the business is the Techinal side, therefore I will only share my experiences and opinions with the equipment. As for the running of the business and interfacing with customers, maybe someone else will go into that.

We started in the business because we saw a growing demand for Wedding Films in our area, and yet not enough people to meet that demand. In our local area exists some guys who had been doing it for many years, and were able to provide a very traditional approach to filming a wedding, but there were not a lot of companies that would cover the day with a more cinematic flare. This need combined with my wife's insatiable appetite for watching wedding videos created our business.

We filmed our first wedding with a Panasonic SD-700 and a Panasonic SD-900. Fantastic camcorders for our first time. (We have changed cameras quite a few time before we ended up with GH3s.) We filmed a lot, maybe a lot more than we needed but we made sure we got everything we needed. We arrived early and left much later than we had planned for, but overall we are still delighted with our first film we put out. We used a RODE Videomic for the sound and generally this worked well. Where it was not so good, was when we used it directionally over one of the guests tables during the speeches. Had one of the children at the table sat somewhere else we might have picked up more of the Grooms' speech but the lesson learned was that always get your mics as close to your subjects as possible. Buy a Zoom H1, a little stand, and place it in front of your people on the top table. Sync later on and now you are free to focus on the shot and not worry about the sound. Want to be even more professional, get a wireless mic set up like the sennheiser G3 wireless kit. Mic your groom and feed the sound direct to the camera. Now you can monitor the sound through the camera.

One of the other lessons we learned at our first few weddings was how important it is to be FAST. Using tripods all day for every shot is going to make you slow. If you are not slow, then you will be squint (not level). We quickly learned that a Monopod with the added stability of some little feet was going to be our solution. Have a look at this topic....


This allowed us to be quick but not at the expense of stability. In my opinion there is no excuse for going handheld all day, unless you are going for that specifically "documentary" type style. We still use tripods, but only for the Live stuff. Ceremony, Speeches and the evening dance. However we have other cameras that we use on monopods during these times and the tripod stuff is mostly used as a fall back shot (a shot to cut away to when you don't have anything else). Don't try to save money on tripods, a £35 Hama job is going to be a struggle and just bite the bullet and go for the well-known names. We use Manfrotto, not to say that they are the best, but it happened more organically. We bought a manfrotto tripod and then when we got quick plates for all our cameras we then wanted to make sure all the other tripods had the same quick release mechanism. You need to be able to go from tripod, to monopod and then back to tripod fast. So if you do buy lots of different brands of tripods or monopods, you are going to have to buy lots of quick release adaptors. Such as this one.....


You will need Lights, whether you go for the fill the room with light tactic, or maybe the more subtle approach, a good light is going to give your footage the added clarity it needs. Handycams and low-light are a disaster without good light. Just search for video LED light and make sure it has at least 160 LEDs or above for a reasonable amount of light. Watch out for size though, if you want it mounted to your camera hotshoe, dont go too big. If you intend to put it on its own stand, then think about how you are going to connect it, power it and operate it.

Backups, backups, backups. Always think, what if this doesnt work? Have another camera running, use one more sound recorder. Take plenty of batteries, cards and more cameras if you can afford to. Dont go small with cards, if you can afford it, save yourself a lot of hassle by buying big (64gb) and trusting a good name like Sandisk. Brandless types make me very nervous.

Putting equipment aside, there is only one bit of advice I can offer that is more interpersonal related. No matter what happens on the day, try your best to stay calm and in control. Nobody wants to see the video guy getting stressed while he screams at the guests to just hold still for one more second. Things will break, shots will go wrong, photographers will get in the way, but through it all you need to be relaxed and able to deal with whatever is presented to you. (I'm still practicsing this bit :S)

Well, im going to leave it at that just now and see what other contributions we get. I joined this forum about a year ago and it has been my one stop shop for help, advice, information and inspiration. I hope that maybe I can pass this on in some way to someone else who was in my same position.

Panasonic GX7 aka GX2, with IBIS topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7051/panasonic-gx7-aka-gx2-with-ibis-topic Thu, 23 May 2013 07:22:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 7051@/talks/discussions image



Official specifications

  • 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor
  • Tilting 1.04MP screen
  • 90 degrees tiltable EVF with 2.76 million dots (cov - 100%, mag - 1.39x) *1920×1080/60p full HD video
  • Fastest shutter is 1/8000 second
  • Maximum sensitivity is ISO25600
  • Flash sync - 1/320s
  • Highlight and shadow curve adjustments
  • Three level focus peaking
  • Silent mode
  • in body image stabilization
  • Focus peaking
  • NFC and Wi-Fi
  • 80 degrees titltable LCD with 3.0 in. 1.04 million dots
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • 402g
  • 123x71x55 mm

Available at:

Previews and videos

Will be added soon, check from 4rd page for now.

Panasonic GM1 official topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/8254/panasonic-gm1-official-topic Fri, 27 Sep 2013 04:28:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8254@/talks/discussions image


Ultra compact m43 camera.

Official specs:

  • 16Mp CMOS sensor
  • 1/16000 minimum shutter speed
  • Very small
  • Light metal body
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3.0", 1036K dot touch screen
  • 1080i60/p30 (sic!)
  • 1080/24p 24Mbit
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Focus peaking
  • PIP magnification for manual focus
  • silent mode
  • 204 g
  • 99mm x 55mm x 30 mm

Previews and samples

Available at:

FS: GH3 Kit http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11148/fs-gh3-kit- Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:31:13 -0600 traumkommode 11148@/talks/discussions Panasonic GH3 body, Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4, SLR Magic 12mm t1.6, Olympus FL-600R flash/light combo with a set of Eneloop AA batteries and charger. Camera has its battery, lenses have their caps and the 25mm has its hood. All together for $1700, with original factory boxes, a hard case with molded foam inserts, and a soft camera bag. Will also sell seperately - GH3 for $650, 25mm for $480, 12mm for $480, and FL-600R for $220 (with batteries). Will ship if not located in Atlanta, GA, but you pay shipping.

14-140mm F3.5-5.6 Panasonic zoom lens, 2013 version http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6780/14-140mm-f3.5-5.6-panasonic-zoom-lens-2013-version Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:21:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6780@/talks/discussions image


  • 14-140mm lens
  • Power O.I.S. stabilization
  • F3.5 on wide - F5.6 on tele
  • Minimum aperture - F22
  • Diaphragm blades - 7
  • 14 elements in 12 groups, 2 aspherical + 2 ED lenses
  • Minumum focus distance - 0.30 m
  • Weight - 265 g
  • Diamater - 67 mm
  • Length - 75 mm
  • Comes with hood
  • 58 mm filter threads
  • $699 price

Available at:



Check near the end

Deals: Compacts and Camcorders deals, Panasonic FZ200 for $378 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3156/deals-compacts-and-camcorders-deals-panasonic-fz200-for-378 Wed, 09 May 2012 09:29:47 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3156@/talks/discussions Note, this is permanent topic, with last posts containing actual deals.

If some of them do not work, leave a note, so we could correct this.

Panasonic FZ1000 1", 4K video, superzoom, official topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10583/panasonic-fz1000-1-4k-video-superzoom-official-topic Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:36:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10583@/talks/discussions image

Official specifications

  • 20.1Mp 1" CMOS sensor
  • 16x zoom 25-400mm F2.8-4.0 lens
  • 15 lenses in 11 groups. 5 aspherical lenses
  • 5 axis stabilizer
  • 4K MP4 video, 25fps PAL, 30fps NTSC
  • 1/4000s mechanical shutter / 1/16000s electronic shutter
  • 0.09sec AF speed
  • 0.66sec start-up time
  • Depth from defocus AF
  • 2.36 million dot-inch OLED EVF
  • 3" 920k screen
  • 12fps
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Time-lapse video creation •*Stop motion animation
  • Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Focus peaking
  • $899 price

Previews and samples


  • None for now
FS: Panasonic GH2 with Extras http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11109/fs-panasonic-gh2-with-extras- Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:27:05 -0600 thebmillz 11109@/talks/discussions Panasonic GH2 Micro 4/3 Camera (Body Only) - Works Great! Has some minor scuffs on the bottom of the camera where the tripod mount is. See photos. - Complete in Box with All Original Accessories (AV Cable, USB, Manuals, Strap, Lens cap, Battery, Battery Charger, etc.) - BONUS: - An extra genuine Panasonic battery. - 32GB Memory Card - LowePro Adventura 140 Camera Case (Black) - Panasonic genuine AC adapter (DMW-AC8 AC)

I can hack the camera for you, so you get better quality video recordings or leave it in it's original state.

Message me direct, thanks!

Official Panasonic GH3 topic, series 3 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/5344/official-panasonic-gh3-topic-series-3 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 12:24:44 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5344@/talks/discussions This is continue of topics



Also check

DR - http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Panasonic-Lumix-GH3-Digital-Camera-Review/Dynamic-Range.htm

Direct manuals links


Short Specifications

  • Effective Megapixels - 16.05 Megapixels (17.20 total)
  • Live MOS/17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio), not multi aspect
  • 200 - 12800 ISO
  • 3.0" 640k OLED Monitor with static touch control
  • 1.74Mp OLED EVF
  • Video - AVCHD 2.0 1080p50 (PAL), 1080p60 (NTSC), 1080p24 (with slow and fast variations, like 12fps and 50fps).
  • Three containers (AVCHD, MOV and MP4) and large bitrate modes, bot intraframe and interframe.
  • Shutter Speeds - 60-1/4000
  • Flash modes - Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction (when iA, iA+), Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
  • Battery - Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh), old or new?
  • Continuous Shooting Speed - 6 fps
  • Weather Proof
  • WB - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, 2, Color temperature setting
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC cards compatible
  • Dimensions - 132.9 x 93.4 x 82.0mm / 5.23 x 3.68 x 3.23 in
  • USB 2.0
  • Weight - 550g
  • Price - $1299 (body only!)

Available at:

Check other topic below for other countries and other US options:


15mm F1.7 Leica m43 lens topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/8456/15mm-f1.7-leica-m43-lens-topic Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:47:19 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8456@/talks/discussions

Panasonic is announcing a commercialization of new digital interchangeable lens LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. complying Micro Four Thirds System standard.


The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. is an excellent 15mm single focal length lens of F1.7 clearing LEICA’s stringent standard. It also features sophisticated exterior that matches the stylish design of the world’s smallest LUMIX GM digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera.

In addition to “LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm / F1.4 ASPH.” and “LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.” which are already released to the market, Panasonic has also announced product commercialization of LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 to enhance the lineup of LEICA digital interchangeable lens, attracting professional photographers worldwide.

In the meanwhile, Panasonic is further expanding the range of LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens with the development of new LUMIX G VARIO telephoto zoom lens of 35-100mm in stylish, compact design that also matches the LUMIX GM camera.


Available at:

12-35mm F2.8 Panasonic lens topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3283/12-35mm-f2.8-panasonic-lens-topic Sun, 20 May 2012 20:41:13 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3283@/talks/discussions image

Price: $1299, 1100 Euro, 999 pounds

Avilable at:

Press release:


Previews and reviews:


Official GH2 "Stalin" hack development topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/50/official-gh2-stalin-hack-development-topic Wed, 04 May 2011 08:07:04 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 50@/talks/discussions
First good news. It looks like all video related setup routines in GH2 work in RAM, instead of ROM for older models.]]>
42.5mm F/1.2 Panasonic and 150mm f/2.8 MFT http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4612/42.5mm-f1.2-panasonic-and-150mm-f2.8-mft Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:19:23 -0600 stonebat 4612@/talks/discussions image

Available at:

Deals: m43 bodies and stuff, Panasonic, Olympus E-PM2 kit for $199 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3114/deals-m43-bodies-and-stuff-panasonic-olympus-e-pm2-kit-for-199 Sat, 05 May 2012 10:46:47 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3114@/talks/discussions Click on the star on top right to follow this topic and not miss the deals

This is permanent topic that will contain current m43 bodies deals.

All actual deals are located at the end of the topic.

35-100mm F2.8 X lens topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4610/35-100mm-f2.8-x-lens-topic Mon, 17 Sep 2012 08:01:13 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 4610@/talks/discussions image


  • Lens Construction - 18 elements in 13 groups (2 ED lenses , 1 UED lens)
  • Nano Surface Coating
  • Optical Image Stabilizer - POWER O.I.S.
  • Focal Length: f=35-100mm (35mm camera equivalent 70-200mm)
  • Aperture Type: 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
  • Maximum Aperture: F2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: F22
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.85m / 2.8ft
  • Maximum magnification: Approx. 0.1x / 0.2x (35mm camera equivalent)
  • Filter Size: 58mm / 2.3in
  • Max. Diameter: Approx 67.4mm / 2.7in
  • Overall Length: Approx. 99.9mm
  • Weight: Approx. 360g

Good to have separate one :-)

Reviews and previews:


Price: $1499

Available at:



Panasonic G6 topic, GH2 replacement camera http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6788/panasonic-g6-topic-gh2-replacement-camera Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:47:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6788@/talks/discussions image


  • 16.05 megapixels sensor
  • 3" 1Mpix screen In-Cell Touch Monitor, Touch Pad function for EVF
  • 240 fps readout for fast focus
  • 1,440,000 OLED viewfinder, eye sensor
  • 1080/24p, 1920 x 1080p60, 1280 x 720p60 (for PAl cameras it is 50p)
  • Manual video controls
  • Time lapse video
  • Stop motion mode
  • 28Mbps for 60p.
  • 3.5mm mike input
  • Build in WI-Fi with NFC
  • 1000mAh battery, 7.2Wh
  • 390 g
  • Kit price - $749
  • 122 x 85 x 71 mm

DMC-G6 incorporates Focus Peaking function that shows the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode.

The Clear Retouch makes it is possible to erase unwanted objects or figures in an image by just tracing over them on monitor with a fingertip. They naturally disappear without destroying the image.

Adjustable HDR mode While the Panasonic G5 had an in-camera HDR mode, there was only an On or Off setting with no scope to tone down the effect. The new Lumix G6 addresses this problem by offering a range of options from Low to High.

Product page - http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/g6/video.html


Where to order?:

Panasonic GM5 aka GM2 with EVF rumors http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11032/panasonic-gm5-aka-gm2-with-evf-rumors Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:23:49 -0600 Manu4Vendetta 11032@/talks/discussions I like, and possibly with 4K. A dream.

The next new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera will be a new GM2 with built-in EVF. It will be the world’s most compact system camera with built-in evf. And I am yet not 100% sure about that but one anonymous source said it has 4K video recording too!


Official GX1 hack development topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2902/official-gx1-hack-development-topic Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:40:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2902@/talks/discussions I got the dump. Initially all looks pretty good.

I hope to start to work on hack soon.

Panasonic TZ60 aka ZS40, compact with 30x zoom, EVF http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9274/panasonic-tz60-aka-zs40-compact-with-30x-zoom-evf Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:45:21 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9274@/talks/discussions image


  • 18.1 megapixel sensor
  • 30x leica optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-720mm, f/3.3-f/6.4
  • Built in EVF, 0.46x magnification in 35mm terms
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3" screen, 460k dots
  • Manual controls, PASM, RAW shooting
  • Focus peaking, manual focus
  • 1080p50/1080p60 video
  • Stereo sound, 5-axis IS
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • ISO100-ISO3200, Extends to ISO6400
  • 10fps continuous shooting (6 shots)
  • 300 shot battery life, USB charging
  • Panoramic shooting (with effects)
  • Built in Wi-Fi / NFC
  • Control ring on lens
  • Black or black/silver
  • Weight - 240g with battery and memory card
  • 110.6 mm x 64.3 mm x 34.4mm


Hands ons:

Available at:

Azden gear in Brisbane! http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11031/azden-gear-in-brisbane Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:39:50 -0600 laMacroblock 11031@/talks/discussions Hi Guys If Needed here's a Azden reseller & camera hire facility from Brisbane Australia.
They hire BMCC2.5k & 4k alsoThe GH4 .

http://videocamerahirebrisbane.com.au/?page_id=10 Cheers

GH4 Interface Unit crash http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11007/gh4-interface-unit-crash Fri, 08 Aug 2014 04:39:58 -0600 Scooburt 11007@/talks/discussions I think my interface unit may have crashed after two days of use. Was shooting with the interface connected and monitoring via sdi out. Didn't have any issues and was reading audio levels fine. Then the interface just stopped working. No lights appear and no output. The camera still recognised that the units attached but each time I go to playback or connect to wi-fi it displays "TV output in progress". I was also never able to get HDMI out to work from the unit. Any help please?

FS: Panasonic DMW-YAGH NEW http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11005/fs-panasonic-dmw-yagh-new Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:52:05 -0600 shaycass 11005@/talks/discussions Brand New Panasonic DMW-YAGH €1000 ono never used.....

12-32mm Panasonic m43 lens, aka little gem http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/8466/12-32mm-panasonic-m43-lens-aka-little-gem Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:07:42 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8466@/talks/discussions image




  • 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical lenses, 1ED lens)
  • MEGA O.I.S.)
  • 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
  • Minimum Aperture - F22
  • Closest Focusing Distance - 0.2m
  • Filter Size - φ37mm
  • Overall Length - 24mm
  • Weight - 70 g

Useful links:


Ask developers of the Panasonic Lumix GH4, plus, answers about the m43 format http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10019/ask-developers-of-the-panasonic-lumix-gh4-plus-answers-about-the-m43-format Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:35:57 -0600 driftwood 10019@/talks/discussions Still toying with the idea of your next camera purchase - the GH4, GH3, GM1 - or other? Are you worried about the future of micro four thirds? Want to know why Panasonic have chosen the GH4 as their next model in the GHx Lumix series? Why the YAGH? Have a concern? Have a recommendation? Want to know more about the future path of the GH series? Then this is your chance.

We're giving all our personal-view members the opportunity to put their questions regarding m43, the new Lumix GH4 plus more to a certain Mr Koyama - the man in charge of the whole GH4 project and product concept, product planning and support.

We will then collate all your questions and the best of them will be put to Koyama this week in which he has promised to answer as best he can. Deadline for your questions is this Friday, 4th April.

Write them below. Please stick to questions only - no comments off-hand or discussions. Don't be shy. Ask away!

Questions only - no stupid stuff - it will simply be ignored.

20mm F1.7 Lumix G II http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7368/20mm-f1.7-lumix-g-ii Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:24:27 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 7368@/talks/discussions image


  • 7 lenses, 5 groups, 2 aspherical lenses
  • min focusing distance - 0.2m
  • 46mm filter size
  • 63mm max diameter
  • 25.5mm length
  • 7 blades aperture
  • minimum aperture - F16
  • weights - 87g
  • comes with - fron and read caps, simple storage bag
  • available since the end of July


Available at:

Joining Panasonic’s well regarded family of digital interchangeable lenses of LUMIX G based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, this model features a newly designed metallic profile, and sleek, sophisticated design elegantly finished in black and silver. Maintaining the stunning performance of LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 ASPH., the new LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 II ASPH. is extremely compact and lightweight & its F1.7 brightness that enables beautiful soft focus on the background for the subject to stand out impressively.

Comprising seven lenses in five groups, the new lens system uses two aspherical lenses effectively to minimize both distortion and chromatic aberrations, achieving super high resolution from corner to corner. The versatile 20 mm focal distance (equivalent to 40 mm on a 35 mm film camera) is suitable for a wide variety of occasions from daily snapshots, to beautiful sceneries like sunsets, and dimly lit indoor shots taking advantage of its beautiful soft focus. The new lens supports Contrast AF system for high precision auto focusing.

Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. The new LUMIX G 20 mm / F1.7 II ASPH. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance. The new addition will be available from 29th July 2013.


Does the camera really make a difference? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10953/does-the-camera-really-make-a-difference Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09:28:20 -0600 mpgxsvcd 10953@/talks/discussions So we all like to talk about what camera is better and what features are must haves to make are content stand out from all of the rest. However, do we really know what matters and what doesn't? Do we really know how much dynamic range we need? Do we really know if 4K will make a difference?

I recently had a chance to shoot video at the US Youth Sport Climbing Nationals along with several other people. Myself and one of the competitors were just shooting handheld home movie style for our own highlights videos. However, there was a crew there who was hired to shoot the official Highlights video. Since there are so many climbers not much was overlapped between all of our videos.

I used my GH4 mostly but I always had the GH3 running as a backup with a wide angle lens in case I missed something. The other person was using a Canon T5i and the camera crew had full frame Canon cameras with rigs and stabilizers.

It is pretty obvious that the extra time the camera crew put in for editing paid off. The overall editing of their video is what they really get paid for. However, I was really surprised at how different the Canon video looks to the Panasonic video. Even on youtube you can see that the extra bit rate that the original file has shines through. You can also see that the Canon cameras consistently clip the highlights in almost every scene. The GH4 only clips it in the scenes with direct sunlight shining through the windows.

The video in my file was completely ungraded. It is straight out of the camera and just pieced together with the music. I started out shooting 4K @ 30 FPS because I wanted to see if the extra resolution would allow me to do image stabilization in post processing. I quickly realized that while the extra resolution is a plus the slower Auto Focus was a HUGE minus. With these shots the kids are moving constantly and changing direction during falls.

You can see in the T5i video how often the focus goes out and comes back in. You really need good AFF for this type of video. Therefore, I switched to 1080p @ 60 FPS with a 1/120 shutter duration and 1080p @ 96 FPS for slow motion.

I liked the fact that I could do super slow motion with the 96 FPS footage. However, there is a severe resolution drop when using that 1080p mode. In the end I found out that the 1080p @ 60 FPS mode really is the most versatile. It simply never loses focus and it still has significantly more resolution than any of the Canon cameras. It also retains all of the highlights in creative movie mode with the Cinema D setting.

So what do you guys think? Everyone complains about the Panasonic cameras having 13 stops vs. 14 stops, or the lack of All-I for 4K, or the rolling shutter not being fast enough. Does that really matter? Isn't the significant resolution difference and compression artifacts of the Canon cameras a much bigger issue? Yet the professionals still shoot with the Canon cameras and get paid for it.

So what do you like about the videos below and what do you dislike? I for one love the shallow depth of field of the larger sensor cameras. Even the mighty 35-100mm F2.8 doesn't give me the depth of field I would want on the GH4. However, I wouldn't trade that for the lack of resolution.


Amateur T5i video. Remember to select 1080p in the youtube player for highest quality.

Amateur GH4 and GH3 video. Mostly 1080p @ 60 FPS, with some 1080p @ 96 FPS, and 4K @ 30 FPS. Remember to select 1440p for highest quality.

Amateur GH4 video. Almost all 1080p @ 60 FPS. Remember to select 1440p in the youtube player for highest quality.

Professional Canon full frame video(I think. Could be APSC as well). Remember to select 1080p in the youtube player for highest quality.

Custom WB with BMCC Speedbooster is a bad idea on GH4 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10905/custom-wb-with-bmcc-speedbooster-is-a-bad-idea-on-gh4 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:50:51 -0600 0range 10905@/talks/discussions This little bastard...

I now own 3 cameras. The GH2, BMPCC and the GH4. For the Blackmagic I bought the BMCC Speedbooster, so I can use it on the BMPCC and the GH4, if I would buy it any time soon. And I did - today. Excited about the Speedbooster working with my Nikon Glass and getting away with no vignetting in UHD mode (crop factor 2,3 becomes 1,472 like APS-C), I just wanted to give the Custom White Balance a try, since I had to dial in the correct color temperature on the BMPCC, I wanted the luxury back, to have the right settings at the push of a button.

So I was just about to flex my finger and set Custom WB... when I remembered... my GH2 always using the mechanical Shutter, when taking the custom WB. Cause I want to use the GH4 a little longer, I dismounted the BMCC Speedbooster and took the Custom Whitebalance.

Long story is short: Even with activated Electronic Shutter, the GH4 still uses the mechanical Shutter for Custom White Balance and can be damaged with attached BMCC Speedbooster. Since the SB touches the inside of the Shutter Casing and even leaves a mark there due the pressure of the adapter, when it´s attached.

So better stay with the Blackmagic way of dialing in the color temperature or use your MFT Kit Lens - if you own one - to do the work.

By the way.... am I the only one who sets custom WB? Cause I didn´t read about this issue anywhere else. At least the BMCC Speedbooster Users don´t care much about it and stick with automatic WB ;-)

That´s it for today!

Cheers from Austria! Stefan

FS: GH3 Fhugen Cage http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10914/fs-gh3-fhugen-cage Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:18:17 -0600 voodude 10914@/talks/discussions Photographed and sold for the GH3. $70 plus shipping.

Can be used with the GH4. GH2 as well, though battery access slightly blocked. Bought 2 for my GH3 and GH2, but only need one.