Panasonic GH4 field review at Luminous Landscape.

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Panasonic GH4 Sample Images from The Luminous Landscape on Vimeo.

Michael Reichmann from Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted an initial field review of the Panasonic GH4. The first conclusion is:

To summarize the GH4 in a single sentence, I would say that this is a MFT system camera that is fully competitive in terms of features, functionality and image quality with anything currently on the market. It leaves little undelivered for stills work. If a 16MP image size is adequate for your shooting (and it is for mine), then you’ll likely find the GH4 a very practical and enjoyable stills camera.
When it comes to video, the GH4 is in a class of its own. There is nothing currently on the market, or even announced from any manufacturer, that can trump the GH4 when it comes to video in a DSLR / CSC form factor. This is the only camera of its type that can shoot 4K to an internal card, and which also features variable frame rates in HD mode. Note though that a U3 rated card is needed for the highest video bandwidth. These cards are still very pricy.
Oh yes – and at $1,699 the GH4 is nothing short of a bargain.

That’s a good start for a first impression review ;)

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

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Samyang will launch new Cine 7.5mm fisheye MFT lens on April 28.

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What you see here on top is the teaser launched by Samyang Europe on Facebook. Rumors has it they will show their first AF lens. Well, that rumor is completely wrong. Dicahub posted an interview with Samyang and this is part of the translated content:

Q(=DicaHub): are you working on AF lenses?
A(=Samyang Optics rep.): we aren’t working on AF lenses.

Q: Is it difficult to work on AF lenses of open mounts like Micro Four-thirds or E mounts?
A: Open mounts like E mount also open only basic informations, so we need more discussion to develop AF lenses. In this case such issues weren’t solved also.

Q: Is same with Micro Four-Thirds?
A: Micro Four-Thirds also open only basic informations like aperture, so we need more discussion.

Q: Don’t you have any plan to support electric contacts like A(perture)?
A: We already have AD version for Nikon. We hope to support rest, but now we will prepare the lens supporing A contact for Canon because the share of Canon is still largest.

Q: What lenses will you announce on April 28th?
A: We are preparing cine lenses and other stuff also. (note: I don’t remember whether he said other stuff or stuffs.)

Q: I think the teaser image shows similar thing with 7.5mm F3.5 Fish-eye lens. If you can confirm, will you announce the cine version of 7.5mm F3.5 Fish-eye also?
A: This is… (he didn’t give any clear answer.)

In summary:
– It is true Samyang Optics had discussed with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Micro Four-Thirds.
– They aren’t working on AF lenses because there are some issues like licensing, even about open mounts.
– They want to support A contact.

Following lenses are expected to be announced at April 28th:
– Cine lenses(not lens!) → 2 or more. The cine version of 7.5mm F3.5 Fish-eye MFT lenses could be announced.
– Other stuff or stuffs → 1 or more. The lens supporting A contact for Canon could be announced.

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New GH4 video test roundup

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Aline au parc Montsouris avec le GH4 from Emmanuel Pampuri on Vimeo.

Quality difference there is between a GH4 4K and GX7 AVCHD video at Vimeo (Click here). But it would have been more useful to compare it on the same subject :(
Panasonic GH4: Fun with VFR; Slow/Fast-Mo in Shibuya, Tokyo (by Akihabara on Youtube).

Andrew:We got hands on with a gh4 for a few hours and shot this comparison video with all the cameras we could wrangle (gh3, gh4, 7d, 5d3, c100):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ASoxytKzfU
Then, for fun, i took 2 of the 4k locked-down static shots and did pan and scan in a SD timeline to see how much reframing I could do on a 4k image:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irrICbNcz38

 

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

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“expensive” GH4 listed on eBay. 12-35mm X for $999 and Olympus accessory deal reminder.

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BestBuy is selling the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens for $999 on eBay US (Click here). That’s $100 less than in any other major online store!
GH4 in Stock with high extra $$$ to pay on ebay US: auction one and auction two. Don’t buy unlike you are desperate. GH4 will ship this week in all major US online stores :)

Reminder: This weekend you will get 20% off on Olympus accessories at GetOlympus (Click here). Just use the code “SPRINGACC” when checking out! The rebate runs on very expensive accessories too like Water housings and Flashes!

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a little bit of everything…(with great GH4, GH3, 5d mark iii, 7D, C100 Shootout video).

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Music Video Camera Shootout GH4, GH3, 5d mark iii, 7D, C100

New New Russar+ M-mount lens at Lomography.
Panasonic 12-32mm pancake zomm tested at Photographyblog.
M.Zuiko 60mm macro for butterfly photography on the Pen E-P5 at Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews
LEE filters Little Stopper and HandlePod with the E-P5 for long exposures at Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews
Japanese E-M10 test at Itmedia.
Olympus OMD EM1 Review: Travel Photography by Daniel Cheung.
preliminary brochure for the GH4 at Panasonic.net.

Chris:celebration of 5 years of micro four thirds. Okay, it’s s a shameless plug for my blog. http://www.chrispattison.co.uk/a-bakers-dozen-13-images-taken-with-13-micro-four-thirds-cameras/

David: I have penned what will likely be my last blog/review of Oly gear for a while. The 12~40/2.8 PRO zoom gets magnificent reviews. I bought one and over-all, the
reviews are warranted. But the lens suffers from significant “Moustache” distortion. I have a review of the problem, and it’s cure, along with my other six Olympus reviews, at: http://www.FURnFEATHER.net/Reviews/ReviewIndex.html

Eric: This isn’t a rumor — but I’ve posted a couple of reviews lately on my blog that 4/3 Rumors readers should find interesting. A comparison of wide-zoom lenses:
http://www.seldomscenephotography.com/2014/01/23/wide-zooms-for-micro-43-cameras-compared/.
And a review of the 14-42mm EZ “pancake” lens:
http://www.seldomscenephotography.com/2014/04/08/the-olympus-14-42mm-f3-5-5-6-ez-lens-a-user-experience-review

Anonymous:Pretty impressive footage with cheap 9mm bodycap+Gh3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGTLyZeNJVY

Gami:Brokenman Trailer vimeo.com/92023803 GH3+voigtlander 25mm+tokina 11-16mm, thanks for sharing

Gnat:No rumor here, just a Panasonic GM1 impressions post blog as a bike touring and carry everywhere camera system. https://olyallthetime.squarespace.com/blog/2014/4/13/panasonic-gm1-impressions Paired with a Panny 14mm & 20mm and a the spectacular Oly 45mm it is really a super lightweight, compact and capable camera system.

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