More Tests On The Way
Following up on my field tests of the Leica Nocticron and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, I'm currently in the process of shooting with the Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95. Even at a distance of a few feet, shooting at f/2-f/2.8, the depth of field is razor thin, so, of the lenses I own, it's going to... Continue Reading →
Field Test II: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN for MFT
Just as in my previous tests, this clip was shot on Book Street, near the Saigon Central Post Office in Vietnam. This time, half the shots were made with the Zhiyun Crane brushless gimbal stabilizer, the rest with the camera mounted on the Edelkrone Slider Plus Small and iFootage Wild Bull T7 carbon fiber tripod.... Continue Reading →
Field Test: Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 DG Nocticron
When I did a search on YouTube, most of the 'tests' I saw of the Nocticron were of weeds and garbage (literally), with shutter speed set at 1/000 second (because the uploader didn't want to shell out for an ND filter); or set exclusively at f/1.2 (WTF?), when stopping down to f/2.8 gives you 30... Continue Reading →
Field Test: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN for MFT
When I was younger, I used to collect classical music, and I'd buy records based on reviews in publications like the Penguin Guide to Classical Music and Gramophone magazine. When I'd get home and listen to their recommended recordings however, I was often dismayed by what I'd heard, and ended up throwing away a lot of money... Continue Reading →
Calibrating the Zhiyun Crane Gimbal
Balancing a camera lens combination like the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 on the Zhiyun Crane is a simple task which even most novices can accomplish in a matter of minutes. Nevertheless, when the gimbal is exposed to extreme changes in temperature, it is still possible that during operation, the... Continue Reading →
Field Test: Edelkrone Slider Plus Small
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMy31fpMs7s&feature=youtu.be Free background music from JewelBeat.com.
Panasonic: Shitty Color Science?
I'm tired of reading comments in the forums that Panasonic's color science is crap. I am not a professional colorist, but I find the colors of the GH4 to be quite pleasing. Perhaps if I'd used Filmconvert, the results would have been even more impressive.
Hands-On: Lumix GH4 + Metabones Speed Booster XL + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
When I first heard about the Metabones Speed Booster, I was still shooting with the Lumix GH3, and while the idea of using an adaptor that not only increases the speed but also reduces the crop of full frame and APS-C lenses on micro 4/3 cameras appealed to me, there were several factors holding me... Continue Reading →
Lumix GH4 + Metabones Speed Booster XL + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
I've been testing the Speed Booster XL 0.64x Canon mount with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 for the past week or so and resolution is incredible. I might have purchased a Metabones focal reducer back when I had the Lumix GH3, but without focus peaking, it would have been very difficult to use in dim light,... Continue Reading →
Lumix GH4 + Osiris Jugo LUT
A year ago when I posted a video shot on a Lumix GH3, many viewers expressed an interest in the Osiris Jugo LUT I'd used. So I thought readers might like to see how the same LUT looks when applied to footage from the GH4. The screen grabs below are from the timeline of a... Continue Reading →
Saigon Central Post Office
Though nothing particularly exceptional, this video marks several firsts for me: believing it to be defective, up until now, I have hardly used my wide zoom since picking up the GH4; this is also my very first video with an architectural subject; and it also happens to be the first time I've shot a video... Continue Reading →
Faces III (extended cut)
http://youtu.be/xcT71HtywPY Free Background Music From JewelBeat
Another short clip shot with the Lumix GH4 and the Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 lens. Minimal color correction in post and no added sharpening. Settings: ISO 200, Natural, Sharpness -4, Contrast -4, Noise Reduction 0, Saturation -2. http://youtu.be/9n2mjBW_JA4 Free background music from JewelBeat.com
Lumix GH4 Test: Faces II [Updated]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FkpIWS6v5c&feature=youtu.be I wanted to get this up as soon as possible, so I'll be adding more information about the clip at the beginning of next week. Here are the settings used for the test: C4K, Natural Picture Profile, Contrast -4, Sharpness -4, NR 0, Saturation -2, Luminance Level 0-255, ISO 200. Because I was carrying... Continue Reading →
The 1st Lumix GH4 in Saigon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxGekOHEPuc&list=UUpPnsOUPkWcukhWUVcTJvnA It's almost a year to the day that I waltzed into a shop in Kuala Lumpur and purchased my very first micro four-thirds camera, the Panasonic Lumix GH3. At the time, I'd been researching for the best video camera for the money and was still struggling between the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera and... Continue Reading →
4K Storage: How Fast is Fast Enough?
I'm still patiently waiting for DigitalRev to notify me when the Lumix GH4 will be available in Hong Kong. According to 43rumors.com, the only cameras which have shipped have been sold in the U.S. This represents a shift in strategy by Panasonic, which aims to increase its presence in the North American market. To kill... Continue Reading →
LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2
In preparation for editing the huge 4K files from Panasonic's Lumix GH4, I've already gone ahead and placed an order for one of the new 27" iMacs equipped with a 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M 2GB graphics card, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive. But much more than... Continue Reading →