Handling the new GH2 25p footage and FAQ

GH2 - Firmware V1.1

It has been a great week for the GH2, with the new official firmware update. It adds a ‘HBR’ mode which is high bitrate 25p or 30p depending on if you have a Euopean / PAL or US / Japanese NTSC GH2.

Here I’ll take a hands-on look at the new firmware in FAQ form, and whether you should use the official ‘hack’ or the unofficial one.

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Zeiss – “We’re Back in the Anamorphic Lens Business” and new Compact Zooms “for HDSLRs”

Zeiss 2x T1.5 Anamorphic

Zeiss are to release a set of new 2x T1.5 anamorphic lenses according to the Film & Digial Times via Hot Rod Camera’s Illya Friedman on the EOSHD Forum

From the magazine:

“Christian Bannert took great pleasure in asking me to guess the third surprise coming from Carl Zeiss. An 1800 mm T1.3 lens perhaps?…I had no clue.

“We’re back in the Anamorphic Lens business,” he said.

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GH3 around corner at CES?

GH3 at CES?

Find out how to get a GH2 body for $499 in the US at Adorama on the new EOSHD forum

Ethics statement: holding off buying a camera due to a rumour is silly. Anyone who wants to shoot and is not currently shooting with a GH2 especially with the hack and current discounts is missing out on a fantastic camera.

Whilst the GH2 discounts continue today I received an email from a guy in the Netherlands who had a sneak at MediaMarkt’s stock list. MediaMarkt is one of the biggest consumer electronics retailers in Europe and actually there is one near me in Berlin where I double checked the stock list. The news here is that the GH2 is showing as EOL (end of line).

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New Official GH2 firmware out, adds 25p, early findings

Mandorla - a feature by Roberto Miller shooting on the hacked GH2

Mandorla – a feature directed by Roberto Miller in production now on the hacked Panasonic GH2

The new official GH2 firmware is out now, you can download it at Panasonic here. Please be aware when you install it that any hacked firmware is overwritten and lost although one forum member at Vitaliy Kiselev’s site said he was able to roll back the hacked version 1.0 firmware again just fine with PTools and the new firmware doesn’t block anything. Take this with a pinch of salt until more people have tested it and if you need the hacked firmware for an important upcoming project don’t install this update.

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Zen – Shooting anamorphic in Shanghai with an Iscorama and $20 lens

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Find out more about anamorphic shooting in my book, the EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide 2nd edition

I was in Shanghai for most of November. Shanghai is a monstrous megapolis of concrete really and not quite what I was expecting. It is FAR rawer than Tokyo or Taipei and a lot of the old cultural relics have been swept away – but it was a very interesting place to visit and to film footage in. Down the road there was the Jade Buddha Temple in Jing’An district which is part tourist destination part temple of worship for the local Chinese, I took a look inside…

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Samsung starts production of touch screen that can ‘see’ like a CMOS sensor

This is big. Samsung has begun mass-production of a new screen technology which is also sensitive to light like a digital camera. It has hybrid pixels which display an image as well as sensing it. It represents the start of a complete merging of display and imaging device.

The surface of the 40″ panels contains optical sensors in every pixel. The panel is not just a mix of sensor and display, it is both at the same time.

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