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Travis made the video on top and sent me the following text (Thanks!): “Here is a video shot entirely with a hacked GH2(34 mb/sec no adverse affects settings) and the new m4/3s 25mm F1.4 and 45mm F1.8 lenses. Every clip was shot in 720p @ 60 FPS so that I could do slow motion for some of the clips. With streaming videos you can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. In fact it is pretty hard to tell the difference between 1080p and 720p in the original files.

There is only one clip in the entire video that was color graded in post processing. See if you can pick it out. The rest of the clips were either in Vibrant mode with all auto settings or in shutter priority mode with the smooth profile(-2 sharpness and noise reduction).

I had the 14mm F2.5, 20mm F1.7, 25mm F1.4, 45mm F1.8, and 14-140mm lenses with me. However, the 25mm and 45mm lenses were the only ones that could give me the shallow depth of field I was looking for in this video. It is not ultra shallow like a full frame camera can do but I think it gives a nice affect.

The 25mm F1.4 is a must have lens for video. It is simply fantastic for nice sharp videos with rich color. The 45mm F1.8 is great too. However, neither of these lenses have image stabilization so you need to have a steady hand to shoot hand held  videos like these.

I got the 25mm F1.4 from H and B digital last week. They had great customer service and their next day air shipping was a reasonable price. I got the 45mm F1.8 from Samys.com. They are an equally good company for customer service but their next day air shipping is more expensive since they are on the other side of the country from me. It was well worth the $1060 for these lenses though. They really legitimize the m4/3s format because they now have almost a complete set of lenses across all of the necessary focal lengths.

How the GH2 is still top dog for video quality (EosHD).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 review (TechRadar).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 Review (Photographyblog).

Some pics taked with a G1 (for land pictures) and a GF1 (for underwater pictures) at www.toukan.fr.

A triple PEN and GF review at Colorfoto.de: E-P3 test, E-PL3 test and GF3 test.

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  • first time i see a gh2 video which has so much of a VIDEO look

    • mpgxsvcd

      Yea it was meant to have a more video look. It was shot in 720p and rendered to 30 FPS. Also it was shot in vibrant mode to make it look more colorful. I know this is not the way people typically shoot with the GH2. However, it was just the way the scene felt.

      It was more about some kids having fun than a real cinematic experience. If the weather holds out tomorrow I am going to shoot a more cinematic outdoor bouldering competition. That one will be 1080p @ 24 FPS with a few 720p @ 60 FPS videos for slow motion. It will be rendered to 1080p and color graded to look more like film.

      • sparedog

        everybody is so scared of making video look like video. sometimes it suits it.

        its fairly obvious something like this wouldnt be shot with 35mm film, so i am glad it looks like television footage, it is appropriate.

        its about getting the message across and not just applying ´film effect plugins cos you can. mpgsxvid, it looks good.

  • Brod1er

    The EosHD article is relevant for stills too, especially regarding the minimal difference in crop factors between the variable aspect mft sensors and APSC. If the GH2 is this good, I can’t but help think the GH3 is going to be a landmark camera. I am holding out for it. Shucks, I will just have to spend my money on new lenses in the meanwhile!

    • andy

      There is no comparison on the stills side…NEX 5n shoots VASTLY better stills…The GH2 shoots terrible stills. GH2 is a great video camera.
      Dont know where eoshd gets his theories as ive found there to be a very noticable difference in crop between my GH2 and 5N.

  • Jim

    I would love a GH2 but because I will only get a camera body every 5yrs or so – I will have to live with my EP1 (which i still love) and await the GH3… because I feel slightly improved ISO + DR, a global electronic shutter and 120fps 1080p @ 30-50mbps might be on the cards (with the hack anyway). and would make me want for nothing – I feel these aditions would mature the system fully!

  • Bruce

    It appears focus hunting is not an issue on the GH2 with the Panasonic 25mm F1.4 lens. When I use this lens to shoot video with my GF2, it’d lose focus momentarily as it tries to continuous focus on even a slow moving object. FYI, I’m a newbie at video shooting and have only used it iA mode to shoot video so far.

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