a little bit of everything…(Seb Farges video, Panasonic converter test and more)


The video on top has been made by Seb Farges. He used the GH2 with the super new (and not on market) SLR CINE lens 50mm T 0.95. The anamorphic shots were made with this lens and the baby Berthiot Hypergonard 1.75X (here on eBay) fix on it.

A first review of the new Lumix converters at Mynichi (Click here).

The movie “Serbuan Maut” has been entirely shot with the AG-AF100

The new GF5 star filter in use at DSLRmagazine (Click here for the translation).

Olympus converters tested at DC.watch (Click here for the translation).

A new case for the GX1 at DC.watch (Click here for the translation).

Readers mail: “Hi admin, this is not a rumpr but check out this trailer to an upcoming feature film that was shot on the GH2.
You can read about it on this thread over at dvx user. The cinematographer said a lot of times it was just him and the sound mixer in terms of crew.

Nik:For your readers roundup, here is another video that I photographed with the GH2 and Olympus Zuiko 50 f2: https://vimeo.com/40191194

Patrick: “Another GH2 macro video! This time with a 20mm f1.7 and a reverse mount adapter from ebay. https://vimeo.com/40166049

  • Ahh, no comments yet. I can go on about a pistol grip.

    For the E-M5. why not have a pistol grip with 2 stage trigger, fn buttons and maybe even the wheels operating through the HLD-6 connectors. Then add a forward adjustment setting (lockable slide?) on the pistol grip to compensate for longer lenses. It would suit both left and right handed users and be instantly adjustable for short and long lens balance.
    OK I have said all this before. Yes. I will continue until some one makes it.

    Sorry, but this is a prominent position.

  • DonTom

    Fantastic. I recently bought the 14/2.5, and the wide converter will be great. Now I don’t need to buy the 9-18mm from Olympus.

  • Camaman

    It is of course a great idea that needs to materialize. Even without electronic connections.

    And what is this SLR Cine lens? SLR magic?

  • I found an old star filter (49 mm) in a local camera shop. Great fun! Initially could only use it on an OM50/1.4, but found a 46-49 adapter for peanuts, so now can use it (and others) on my 14/2.5 & 20/1.7. Since found a 49mm ND filter, and already had polarizers in that size, so I only need to carry the one set for 3 primes.

  • Atle

    I wonder if the 14mm with wide angle converter (11mm), is a better choice than a Olympus 12mm? Cheaper and lower aperture-number. How will it work when it comes to in-camera-correction?

    • MichaelKJ

      Panasonic claims that the converter “is designed to offer guaranteed image quality when the zoom position of interchangeable lens is set at its wide-end.”

      • Yes! But “Guaranteed image quality”. What does that mean? Guaranteed equal to the original? Guaranteed better than the original, Guaranteed inferior to the original.
        Its a nice marketing term that can allow the reader to make anything they want to make of the statement.
        “Goes further on a tank of petrol” How far is further? Tank size seems to have no relationship. Further than what?
        Read facts not motherhood statements. Marketing is full of them.
        However a test of these things is long overdue, pity the outcomes cannot be read unless one reads Japanese.

    • I’d save up and get the 12mm for US$700. The colours will be worth it. It is an amazing lens. It’ll be faster too :) just be patient.

    • Voldenuit

      I’d recommend the SLR Magic 12/1.6 over the Oly 12/2. It’s a stop faster (actually closer to f/1.4 in practice), focuses closer, has great image quality and is $250 cheaper (~$540 online). Downside is no autofocus (which may actually be a plus if you shoot a lot of video), but that is not a necessity for a wide angle lens. It’s considerably larger than the 12/2, however.

      The 14/2.5 doesn’t have the image the quality of the other two lenses, but it’s also another $250 cheaper than the SLR magic. That’s hard to ignore. It’s also much smaller than either lens, so is a good choice if pocketability is a factor.

      The MSRP for the DMW-GWC1 wide angle converter is $129, though, narrowing the price gap. If you already have the 14/2.5, get the converter. Otherwise, I’d go for the SLR Magic 12/1.6.

  • V4Vendetta

    Admin, the GH2 was Cam B in that movie; ‘Serbuan Maut -The Raid: Redemption-‘

    An interview with Matt Flannery the DOP of this film:


    • P4INKiller

      That wasn’t the movie he referred to.

  • Olda

    I also think about to have Lumix 14mm f2,5 and wide converter as replacement of Olympus 12mm f2.0. I am waiting for them many weeks and no one know when they get them to store. Is there anyone who could help with pictures in full resolution in order to compare aberation and resolution? It would may not be as good as Oly but for a half price and just a bit bigger then olympus.

    • V4Vendetta

      Safe? When I open the link of the admin -‘Serbuan Maut- in IMDB opens ‘The Raid: Redemption’, which is the translation in English of this movie. And if you go to the data sheet that is really the same DOP and also put out the Panasonic

  • Neon123

    Really tempted by that wide-angle converter. The 12mm F2.0 is a bit outside of my pricerange, so spending ~£100 to bump the 14mm down to 11 is actually pretty good! Any idea of a releasedate for these coverters admin? :)

  • Hi admin, this is not a rumpr but check out this trailer to an upcoming feature film that was shot on the GH2.
    Quote from the linked forum thread:
    I really love the image that the GH2 puts out, but I’m going to shoot my next project on the C300 because of the increased dynamic range, the ability to use the fantastic 70-200 IS II w/ stabilization, the great codec and post workflow, and better highlight handling.
    I’m not sure what it is more: advertisement of what GH2 can or what it can’t. :)

  • Mark

    Maybe not the best place to post this, but I received shipping confirmation from Amazon USA for my Olympus OM-D silver body-only. I pre-ordered within 15 min of availability back on Feb 7. Supposed to receive it tomorrow. So, I guess the silver bodies are coming!

  • Yun

    Good review on lumix lens converter , thanks Admin . I’m going to get it .
    Not sure if is available , will check it out on morrow .

  • MichaelKJ

    Did you realize that the video competition you are promoting is run by an anti-abortion group? I think one can assume that a video with an anti-abortion message will have a better chance of winning.

    • I’m gad you pointed that out, this isn’t a creative video contest, it’s a political organization.

    • admin

      Uh! Didn’t notice that!!!

  • TGIF

    curious. how do we think of a necessity of GH3 from the great footage taken by GH2.

  • Josef

    Sweet! Thanks for the contest info! I am all in!

  • As MichaelKJ says, that video competition is a religious group sponsoring a video contest with the theme as “natural family planning” which is religious in nature and a thinly disguised political attack. It is an anti-abortion, anti-choice, anti-woman’s-right-to-choose video contest.

    • Josef

      Religous???? It’s about sex without pills… Anyway, thanks again!

    • admin

      I removed the video! I don’t agree with the vision of that religious group.

      • Josef

        Yikes! I guess we Americans have a better sense of the harmony between faith and reason.

        Thanks for the info though, I am in. Some of those tutorials are pretty legit.

        • C

          Depends on which Americans you speak to.

  • Gabe

    Admin, Thanks for the contest info. My wife actually uses NFP and she loves it. I will enter the contest too.

  • cherwitty

    $1000 gift card to BH? That’s crazy! I will check it out. I have been looking for a chance to make a short film. Keep us posted to any other contests you cone across. Does anybody know if StillMotion is still doing contests?

  • Dave

    The link to dcwatch is not about the Olympus converter. It is a test of the Kenko closeup lens no 2 with step up rings. The author mentions the converter is equivalent to this setup, but doesn’t test the olympus converter, at least not at the link you provide. And google translation totally blows for japanese to English. Not even worth reading as it is all gibberish. Lots of test shots to peruse and judge for yourself though.

  • nicwalmsley

    Admin, good move taking down the link, thnx

  • rubits

    That film looks great! I’ll definitely give it a watch when I can get my hands on it. The acting and the shooting are seriously legit, and while it is great that it was shot on a GH2 and all, mad props to the makers and the cast for going through with it. That is what is really important, after-all. camera is moot.

    I am looking forward to this.

  • The Kenco addon lenses are quite sharp. The download shots seem fine and then when magnified they are very good with the lenses stopped down a bit.
    I would like to see more than the studio shots, some outdoor stuff would be nice.
    I use Kenco zeta filters I like them as well.

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