The death of full frame in video land?

As the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D3S show, full frame may be winning now – but do we really need it?

Rise of the compact High Sensitivity sensors

Recently I was comparing sample photos from the Canon G11 to the Panasonic GF1, I found that at ISO 3200 the G11 was almost matching the GF1 for resolution, detail, colour and noise simply through virtue of having a very sensitive imager and very intelligent noise control… from a sensor the size of a baby’s pinky finger.

Back in video land I rested easy… but then yesterday came episode 2 of the Great Zacuto Shootout (spoilers ahead)

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German precision versus Japanese ingenuity – Zeiss Flektogon 35mm F2.4 meets Canon FD 35mm F2

Two of the ‘must-have’ bargain lenses for the Canon 5D Mark II and Panasonic GH1 are in the 35mm range. The GH1 needs a good fast portrait lens around the 35mm mark because the Lumix pancake is a bit too wide at 20mm, and a 50 is too much like a telephoto. 35mm is the perfect compromise and gives you shallower depth of field than the pancake for half the price. Remember 35 on the GH1 = 70 on the 5D Mark II in terms of your framing and field of view.

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EOSHD Shootout Part 1 – 5D versus GH1 in Low Light

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If possible please watch the test footage on a proper display via DVI or HDMI, not a laptop screen. It makes a HUGE difference in perception.

The results of EOSHD’s low light shootout between the mighty Canon 5D Mark II and the Panasonic GH1 are in! This is a real-life natural light test, this is what happens when you take out the cameras and shoot. There are no test charts. No technical waffle in the video (I left it for this article!). But I have selected the shots quite carefully to show a range of typical low light challenges.

I’ve also made sure that on-camera picture profiles are taken into account. They’re set quite neutral and to match the other camera as much as possible. I also included shots which compare different picture profiles and settings so you can get an idea of their effect on the camera’s footage relative to one-another.

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What makes a good HDSLR film?


(Above: Bella regrets buying a 7D so close to the launch of the 550D)

People have many varied opinions on the HDSLR revolution, some criticise the hype. The most regular line is that a good camera by itself doesn’t make a good film and that ‘content is king’.

That’s easy to say. But I don’t think it’s that black and white.

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Sending the GH1 into space for £500

A quick glance above and you’d think the photo was shot by NASA using a rocket, costing millions. Or maybe shot by an astronaut clutching a Nikon D3X orbiting earth from a space shuttle!

In fact, the snap above is from a Canon Powershot A560 in a polystyrene box attached to a balloon.

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The EOSHD Shootout GH1 versus 5D MK2 – GH1 Picture Profiles

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Welcome to Part 1, Video 1 – Low light and the GH1’s film modes

I’ve been conducting a shootout between the Panasonic GH1 and 5D Mark II, using everything I know about setting up the cameras and everything I have learned from others such as Philip Bloom. In the Zacuto shootout, Bloom said he couldn’t quite set up the GH1 as he wanted, and it’s clear the 5D Mark II has a less contrasty look with slightly more latitude (but not as much as 35mm film!)

I was determined to find the ‘perfect’ match-all situations film mode on the GH1 before starting the shootout.

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Fuji, Kodak, Sigma, Sanyo join Micro 4/3rds consortium, plan HDSLR and video cameras

The deal is done.

April 1st is a strange news day by all accounts and it’s good to have some fun, especially as the HDSLR news is a bit slow right now. But some of the real news today has been buried amongst the flurry of joking.

Well, out of the blue has come this –

After lengthy talks with Panasonic and Olympus, 4 new manufacturers have signed up to produce Micro 4/3rds product lines.

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Rivers – A New GH1 Short

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I’ve always had a thing for how skies slowly change.

When I was young, my father used to take me out for bike rides. We’d ride the same paths and see the same sights every time. Our bike ride route seemed like something unique to us, that nobody else could imitate. Now as adults, people pound the same old roads and pavements every day and its clear their paths aren’t unique, and the roads don’t belong to them (unless you drive a 4×4 Audi). I remember looking at the clouds with my dad and feeling incredibly sentimental as it changed, and as clouds formed and separated. As you can see, sentimentality seems to be the order of the day in terms of this blog!

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