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1 All EOSHD Shooter’s Guides are now half price for 7 days

I reduced the price of the Panasonic GH4 Shooter’s Guide last week to just $9.99 and it has sold well, therefore I am extending the half-price sale to the entire range of EOSHD Shooter’s Guides for the next 7 days only. If you’re looking to dive deeper into your camera knowledge or are even just curious about what the books offer – now is the perfect time.

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0 EOSHD Panasonic GH2 Shooter’s Guide on sale

The EOSHD GH2 Shooter’s Guide – on sale [more info here] Since launching my series of books a couple of years ago, the titles have together sold over 7000 copies. To celebrate for the first time I’m putting one of the titles on sale. Even if you just want a taster of what these guides are like or have a passing interest in the GH2 this is the time to…

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0 Panasonic G6 Review – the GH2 Redux

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/70830474[/vimeo] Buy the Panasonic G6 on eBay The G6 achieves a certain yin-and-yang. With the GH3 now occupying a higher position in the line, the G6 has moved up to occupy the position once taken by our much loved GH2. It shares the same sensor which of course was always pretty special for video, yet adds a lot of significant new features like 1080/60p, a faster processor, high resolution LCD…

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0 Metabones Speed Booster for Micro Four Thirds – First Look and GH3 images

The Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster for Leica R is now in stock at Metabones! The Speed Booster for Micro Four Thirds gives cameras like the Panasonic GH2, GH3 and Blackmagic Cinema Camera a Super 35mm / APS-C sized sensor using clever optics, in the same way that the E-mount version turned cameras like the Sony FS100 and NEX 7 into valid alternatives to full frame. As well as shrinking…

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0 Forum hot topics – Anamorphic, Metabones Speed Booster, raw GH3 footage and more

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/60401188[/vimeo] “They each have their own unique character. Which image do you prefer?” Iscorama VS Iscomorphot 8 2x VS Iscomorphot 8 1.5x by QuickHitRecord. This is a new weekly series on EOSHD. The forum is really booming at the moment. A while ago on the site I decided to redirect the article comments system into the forum and that has seen a big increase in the number of people using it not…

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0 Nikon D5200 review

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/59832019[/vimeo] UPDATE: The HDMI output on this camera is uncompressed 4:2:2, for a leap in image quality over the internal 24Mbit codec! Check the forum for my ProRes noise grain sample shots The Nikon D5200 is the best mid-range Nikon yet for video. What is more of a surprise is the relish in which it takes on the much more expensive 5D Mark III, Panasonic GH3 and Nikon’s own flagship…

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0 Shooting a feature with the Panasonic GH2 and LOMO anamorphic lenses

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/40844162[/vimeo] A guest post by director Roberto Miller. Andrew asked me to write a brief article for EOSHD about the experience of making my feature film, Mandorla, now in post, with a pair of GH2s and LOMO anamorphic lenses. I’m happy to do so because, truth is, it’s Andrew and the EOSHD community that inspired me to go the GH2-anamorphic route, which achieved a cinematic look and vibe that I never…

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0 Panasonic GH3 – my short test “Civilian”

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/54266780[/vimeo] At the moment I am using the Panasonic GH3 like a bit of a director’s viewfinder. But the advantage is, it is a rolling one. You can then put a draft cut together of the concept you’re thinking of shooting – like a live action storyboard, see if it gives you an emotional response and if it succeeds – hire actors, and go back out and shoot it fully.

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0 The EOSHD Blackmagic Cinema Camera Shootout

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/53821829[/vimeo] In a joint shootout with Slashcam in Berlin, EOSHD put the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a bear pit against all rivalling cameras between $500 and $4000. It was a clear day and the results are just as stark. Download the full 2.5K shootout video. Here’s my verdict on which camera you should buy – based purely on image quality. The following cameras are in this test: Blackmagic Cinema Camera (retail) Panasonic…

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0 Introduction to LOMO OCT 19 cinema lenses on the GH2 and FS100

Above: Lily & Niklas magic hour amour, shot with OCT 19 LOMO 35mm anamorphic The OCT19 mount is a Super 35mm cinema camera mount from Russia, essentially was their equivalent of PL mount. Long time EOSHD readers will know I am in love with the look of OCT 18 mount lenses, but mechanically speaking they are very basic. OCT 19 lenses are improved mechanically, much more solid.

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0 Shooting with the new SLR Magic 35mm T0.95 and T1.4 prototype lenses

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/50210718[/vimeo] One of the highlights of Photokina 2012 was meeting up with SLR Magic, the small but nimble optics company based in Hong Kong. They brought out one of the first proper fast wide lenses for Micro Four Thirds (the 12mm F1.6) by listening to demand and acting swiftly. Now they are building high end super-fast primes which are optimised for filmmakers as well as photographers.

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0 The Panasonic GH3 calls to explorers

Above – the new GH3 (click image to enlarge) First sample videos will be uploaded here – https://vimeo.com/groups/gh3 The GH3 will be revealed on Monday September 17th at a Panasonic press conference in Cologne, home of this year’s Photokina 2012. EOSHD will be there when the show opens on Tuesday to get all the juicy hands-on details.

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0 Light for free using natural light sources

Imagine if every photo was lit using a flash gun, well the same goes for cinematic scenes. Often some of the most interesting and varied light is already right in front of you. Not everything has to be studio light rig based. I don’t think of ‘lighting a scene’ as always directly controlled, often it is wild. Lighting you can control is only half of the cinematographer’s job and so…

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0 Revenge of the Zacuto Shootout 2012 – Part 3 review

The third and final part of Zacuto’s debate provoking documentary on cinematography and cameras is out. Part 3 is to me kind of like Revenging the Revenge because it goes back to a non-creative scientific (empirical) test of the cameras. They appear in order of cost from the $700 iPhone to the $70,000 Sony F65 and each are treated with the same lighting, similar settings and the same grading to…

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0 Mac AVCHD gamma issues – the fix

As I recently found with my FS100 Macs really seem to hurt your AVCHD footage from Sony cameras and the Panasonic GH2… But especially the Sony FS100. It is no wonder these cameras often get a bad reputation for limited dynamic range, crushed shadows and blown highlights – when you are only seeing the middle part of the full 8bit range of luma. This Rec.709 portion of a 601 space (16-235…

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0 Watch the first five minutes of GH2 feature film Musgo (warning – NSFW)

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/45596420[/vimeo] Warning – this video contains content some viewers may find disturbing. Not suitable for work. One of the best looking trailers I’ve seen on Vimeo from anyone has been for a tense Spanish thriller called Musgo. It now appears the feature length film itself could as thrilling as many were expecting. This looks like being a real breakout hit.

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0 Zacuto Revenge Shootout 2012 Part 2 shock – Francis Ford Coppola and majority prefer Panasonic GH2

Francis Ford Coppola gives his answer in the new Zacuto Shootout, choosing in order of preference the Panasonic GH2 (lit by Colt Seaman), Alexa and Epic Get the most from the GH2 – Read the EOSHD GH2 Shooter’s Guide The results are in from Zacuto’s Revenge Of The Great Camera Shootout 2012. The majority of those at the cinema screenings – including Francis Ford Coppola preferred Colt Seaman’s lighting and…

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0 Two great low budget music videos shot on the GH2

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/43188144[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/42592241[/vimeo] I hope these inspire some shooting action. I sometimes get a accused of being a bit of a GH2 cheerleader, with pom poms. But the results from a $700 consumer camera speak for themselves. To me it will always be big news that aspiring filmmakers have access to this kind of image quality for $700, regardless of how much effort and money is required for good content.

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0 Revenge of the Great Zacuto Shootout Part 1 – Review

Above: one of my favourite scenes from the episode, click it to enlarge to 1080p, the colour on this shot is ‘early Technicolor’ and ‘Hitchcockian’. But I am not 100% sure which camera was used to shoot it (although I have a gut feeling!) – and that tells you a lot about how evenly matched cameras like the FS100 and GH2 are with much more expensive offerings (if viewed at…

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0 How the GH2 and FS100 were setup for Revenge of the Zacuto Shootout

Above: GH2 on a heli rig Today the first episode of Zacuto’s 2012 shootout is aired. (Update: it is now live – watch it here). This isn’t really a shootout in a technical sense rather a subjective and less scientific comparison whereby each camera is made to look as good as possible. Several leading cameras were used including the Alexa and Sony F65. Zacuto have revealed in a technical document…

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0 Audience reaction to Revenge Of The Great Camera Shootout puts GH2 in 3rd place behind Alexa and F65

The Revenge Of The Great Camera Shootout is Zacuto’s antidote to pixel peeping camera tests. It airs June 15th online, but preview showings have been taking part around the world. It aims to show how any camera from the very top (Alexa, Sony F65) down (to the iPhone) are viable filmmaking tools. Whilst I agree with Steve that creativity is overlooked too often and gear gets all the attention, I…

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0 Shootout in extreme low light – 5D Mark III vs FS100 vs GH2

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/42091083[/vimeo] This is a torture test of the low light abilities of 3 cameras. There are three test scenes in a battered old ex-factory in the east of Berlin. The first consists of a completely pitch black room with glowing pearl lighting. The next one is in the roof is lit using a single iPhone 4S torch with the cameras ramped up to ISO 12,800. The third scene is again…

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0 A chat with filmmaker Jeff Gibbs, Michael Moore’s producer on Bowling For Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11

A few days ago I spoke to Jeff Gibbs, a lifelong friend of Michael Moore, a composer, a producer and a filmmaker in his own right. Most significantly of all, Jeff is also an EOSHD reader!! So last week we had a long transatlantic chat on the phone about filmmaking, DSLRs, 4K and Jeff’s new film. Currently in the edit suite, this is a wry but thoughtful documentary called Planet of…

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0 5D Mark III vs GH2 vs NEX 7

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/39509327[/vimeo] Get the 1080p frame grabs here There’s a large difference in the image from these 3 cameras. See how they compare in this test video. Later in the video there is also a test of the Contax Zeiss 300mm F4 in Ex-Tele crop mode (1:1 1080p from the centre of the sensor) on the GH2. In this mode you can see into people’s windows from 2 miles away sat…

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0 Which to get as a low budget shooter – 5D Mark III or GH2?

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/32520456[/vimeo] Above: the Olympus 12mm F2 in action on the GH2 Here’s a gear guide along with a round-up of footage for low budget shooters. There’s a big difference in price between the very capable Panasonic GH2 and the new 5D Mark III. One is $800 new and the other $3500. All the discussion so far has been about the camera – is it worth $3500? Well unless you’re going to drill…

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0 Panasonic GH2 vs 5D Mark III

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/39171656[/vimeo] Today I shot this comparison between the 5D Mark III and hacked Panasonic GH2 with EOSHD Unified Patch. The results are all in the video. Now you just need to factor in overall aesthetics to your decision, which are important. Personally I’d say that full frame sensor aside there is no reason why I like the 5D Mark III’s cinematic image more than the GH2’s. But I do need a…

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0 Which digital cinema camera to get now?

Disclaimer: I usually say don’t wait – shoot with what you can get now, the best you can afford. But March 2012 is an unusual month because NAB 2012 is around the corner in April. The picture may change somewhat. Bear that in mind! The candidates are:

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0 The Shires – SLR Magic CINE 50mm T0.95 first look – the Leica Noctilux for cinematographers?

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/38339934[/vimeo] The Leica M Noctilux which costs $11,000 is a full frame F0.95 photographic lens. The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE T0.95 is a full frame F0.92 lens designed for cinematographers with Leica M mount which retails for $3,000 – a third of the Noctilux. It is quite a different lens to the Voigltander Nokton 25mm F0.95 for Micro Four Thirds. It covers a full frame sensor and APS-C mirrorless cameras like…

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0 Sony NEX 7 – Review

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/36845339[/vimeo] Minimum viewing recommendations: 40″ TV. Download the MP4 file. The NEX 7 is a beautifully designed high end mirrorless camera with probably the most advanced CMOS sensor Sony have ever produced. As a stills camera it is superb (if you don’t mind adapting glass and manually focussing – because the current E-mount lens range is somewhat limited). But does it topple the Panasonic GH2 and Canon 5D Mark II…

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0 Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 – official!

UPDATE: De-clicked aperture ring is on the lens for video, according to 43Rumors whom I am sure can read the original German better than I can! Good news! This came out of the blue. Cosina are releasing a sister lens for the 50mm equivalent Micro Four Thirds 25mm Nokton F0.95. The new lens will be equivalent to 35mm on full frame and features the same incredible aperture of F0.95 for…

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0 Sony NEX 7 video mode – first impressions review

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/36117747[/vimeo] Thanks mainly to the unexpected success of their NEX line of consumer mirrorless cameras, Sony are probably the only company to realise the truth about mirrorless and its future direction. Namely that it is the future, especially for video.

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0 GH2 split screen versus RED Scarlet

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/35543622[/vimeo] David Cole of BeamPath (3D rig builders) kindly shot this footage. This comparison is just for fun. This is for informational purposes to show what the GH2 looks like with this particular scene, against a $10,000 digital cinema camera. I have set the video to stream in 1080p if you full screen it, but for best results download the original and play it back on the best display you have…

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0 RED Scarlet versus Panasonic GH2

Download the full 2K sample shots and view full screen David Cole of 3D rig builders Beampath have a new 3D rig based on the Panasonic GH2 and RED Scarlet, which has also given him an excellent excuse to put the GH2 and Scarlet into battle. Says David “I gotta say that the hacked GH2 should not be embarrassed to be on the same bar”. How exactly does the Scarlet and GH2…

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0 Optimising the GH2 for ISO 12,800 – a video tutorial

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/35275238[/vimeo] The footage here is shot with the EOSHD Intra-esting patch (AVC Intra at 88Mbit), which you can download here. Edit in Premiere CS5.5 on an AVC-Intra timeline for best workflow performance. Myth busting time! Yes the GH2 really can do clean, detailed ISO 12,800 in low light, and it is the best current DSLR for low light shooting, with an organic fine grain noise pattern like the Canon C300.…

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0 Dispelling the myths, is the Canon C300 worth $15,999?

Whilst I still prefer the small size and ‘tourist’ stealth factor of DSLRs for the kind of shooting I do, I can recognise why a great many want a Canon C300. The handling, EF mount, image quality and low light performance – as well as built in ND, audio monitoring and build quality are worth the money to many professionals. But actually there are some myths flying around about the…

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0 Revealed – How to get clean ISO 6400 and 12,800 low light video on the GH2 and 5D Mark II

1080p frame at ISO 12,800 from the GH2 – click to enlarge The GH2 is the best low light DSLR. It is a myth it cannot compete with the FS100 or Canon C300. I am currently experimenting a lot with my GH2 and Nikon J1. I’ve seen some new opportunities with these… With the GH2 I am refunding my techniques for getting cinematic extreme low light at ISO 12,800 and…

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0 Panasonic talk hacking, committed to video on cutting edge GH3

Above: Panasonic GH2 with Zacuto EVF and Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 (constant aperture) The GH2 is the only true hybrid video DSLR. Video on all other DSLRs is an add-on but on the GH2 it is a core feature. It is an approach Canon will eventually take with the 4K Cinema EOS DSLR in what is going to be a very exciting 2012 – hopefully it will have an EVF and…

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0 Panasonic GH2 in Shanghai – Part 2

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/34535367[/vimeo] This footage is using my Vanilla patch which is a steady 44Mbit for high reliability on the hacked Panasonic GH2. The title of the video is from a disturbing Cultural Revolution era poster showing a Red Guard crushing a Buddha and book with a hammer. “Destroy The Old World, Forge The New World” is the heading.

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0 Shootout reveals Panasonic GH2 resolution at Canon C300 level

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/34279033[/vimeo] Mr Philip Bloom of Richmond has done a revealing comparison shot of the Canon C300 versus Panasonic GH2 with hack and Driftwood’s high bitrate patch. You can watch the test above but I recommend downloading the file (as a Vimeo Plus member) and watching it on TV for best quality.

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0 A bit of Christmas fun – mini shootout and name the camera!

You might remember last week Philip Bloom posted shots from the C300, F3, GH2, 5D Mark II and 4 other cameras as a prelude to the test he is doing and that is the inspiration for this bit of Christmas fun. Here I’ve put 5 cameras up against each other for how well they resolve detail and the clarity of their video output. The results may surprise you. And not only am…

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0 Shootout in the snow – Sony A65 vs Panasonic GH2 vs Canon 600D

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/33927560[/vimeo] Note: the Sony A65 shares the same sensor, image processor and viewfinder as the NEX 7 and Sony A77. Image quality is 99% the same on all 3 models. As part of my series of reviews on the Sony A65 I shot this comparison yesterday near Manchester, city of Oasis and Frank Sidebottom. The A65 represents the latest generation of Sony’s technology – 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, ExmorHD image…

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0 Canon 5D Mark II price dips under $2000

Get the Canon 5D Mark II at Adorama for $1999 This is really tumbling now. I think there has been around 4 price drops in the last week on the 5D Mark II. Now it is at $1999 for the first time. That is cheaper than some 2nd hand bodies on eBay.

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