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  1. Lurking the forum for ages...and used the GH4 for ages, but haven't commented for quite some time. But I cant resist the urge to comment here...I downloaded all the files and looked at them. Honestly...especially the colors are just crazy good The Wall and The Field AF tests...perfect!!...color wise!! I would love to see those tests without the AF, just nice smooth focus and filming. Panasonic seem to have nailed it, the color depth is great, perfect balance of reality with a touch of saturation and pop to my eyes, Canon gets that too, but for me sometimes the Canon colors move into
  2. Long time GH4 user here...I was GH5 hesitant at first...BUT I Gotta say, I have recently seen a few GH5 vids on vimeo and youtube that have blown me away. The GH5 Welder video for example the colors are just great, some of the best I have seen...many people in the comments too have stated that they cant believe this was done on a GH5, to me they are very Alexa like. Another I saw recently, just a sunset, no special postwork or anything, but I swear tho the colors ...I could never get those out of the GH4,and I am pretty proficient in Premiere and using Lumetri. There is something about t
  3. I know who Breidbart is, I know who Steve Bannon is, I know who Robert Mercer is ...I am not going to argue about this or that person. I will say perhaps you may like to read what really happened in Libya, Hillarys war (everyone agrees on this on both sides of the fence) Read about Libya under Gadaffi...what the laws where etc...its out there and confirmed on many blogs (cant really lie about this stuff) The what happened after Hillary intervened...Point being she has a lot of blood of innocents on her hands, I seriously doubt wether Bannon, Trump or Mercer could even get close to her
  4. @Flynn Jeez I have to agree with you. Just impartially reading this thread ...and FilmMan...sounds like he has a bit of humor about things, but Damphouse and TigerBengal are more or less rolling out the insults and sound hateful and a bit unhinged ...capsLock paragraphs etc...calling Trump "F├╝hrer" etc...All right for some tho I guess. Funny thing that Hillary just stated that she will destroy any conservative website that puts forward views that she doesn't approve of.. Her direct quote "They dont have a right to exist" does that make her a "Facist" I wonder? I guess not (according
  5. I have already seen footage from the GX85 that I like, (there is a new link on Personal Views that is very smooth and filmic looking, also have a look at Paul Leemings reel GH4 and Red Epic...some really nice stuff there (I just dont agree all Panny Mirrorless have a non filmic look...I have seen too many exceptions to that statement), having said that there are some GX85 clips online that I don't like (for the same reasons you don't. But Softness and filmic is a combination of the lens and the shooters skill, plus you can wind out the in cam sharpening in the GH4 and I assume the GX85.
  6. Yep I have used the Gh4 for a long time...while everyone else was obsessing about noise in the shadows, dynamic range, low light etc.. I was obsessing about the jitter or strobe when you panned the camera, it kind of drove me nuts for a while...it was my single biggest beef with the GH4...so I did countless tests. Heres what I found, its at its worst in 4K at 24P or 25P (especially in high contrast scenes) ...medium pans are the worst, slow pans can be acceptable, fast pans also can be OK. Its not there in the higher frame rates at 1080P 30/ 50/ 60 It improves greatly at 30 frames PS i
  7. I love the look of some of the footage I have seen from this camera, just the colors seem to have extra pop and some extra detail than the GH4 has.No AA filter maybe? I have had the GH4 for a long time now (I still really love it) I always felt the whole noise...low light thing about the GH4 had been really overblown IMO If you use it right, with a fast lens. its not an issue at all. BUT somehow the GX85 has something in the image that seems to be a step up...poses a problem...GX85 or wait for GH5?...GX85 or wait for GH5?...Jeez I dont know.
  8. Yep I've done countless tests with the VLog, and most of the conclusions of Aaron Chicago and others are pretty much spot on. What I found was if you shoot in very good light, either outside or inside with decent video lights and overexpose with zebras set at 65 and 80 approx, then the noise especially and also the magenta blocking wont be a problem really and it does produce some wonderful images, best I've seen from the GH4 in many cases, but its definitely a double edged sword. As its been said by others if you shoot where there are a lot of midtones and softer shadows in mid light, you wil
  9. Well I was going to buy it, but after everything I read and some of what I saw...I became doubtful and not in any rush. But I decided to try it out since they overlooked the image app activation, and at first I was really underwhelmed, then later on I started doing some serious tests with video lights and just filming a guitar with highlights on the neck and stuff. I reset the Zebras to 75 and 65 respectively so I can get a good exposure etc...with the 79 IRE rolloff. I then did a ton of A/Bs with Natural, Portrait and other settings...shooting the same scene under lighting, the difference is
  10. Astro

    GH4 V-Log $99

    An interesting post from Illya Freedman For the record, 8-Bits can absolutely be enough for log space. What matters most is the quality of your bits, and what you attempt to make those bits do. Here's the thing, and this is absolutely something you won't hear from anyone else, V-Log-L on the GH4 is not the last significant update for the GH4! There's about 3x people outside of Panasonic that actually knows how much power is lurking under that hood. I have no idea if future updates will be contingent on this upgrade, but this camera is already producing more apparent resolution that several top
  11. Interesting article and thanks Andrew for these tests. I have had the GH4 about a year now, I had thought of selling it and getting one of the newer Sonys, but after quite a bit of reading and deliberation I decided to keep it and not go with the current flavors of the month. The thing is Panasonic are a bit like Canon, a bit more cutting edge and obviously geared towards the hobbiest and film maker with not a lot of money, but they basically have the same conservative approach as Canon, point being when they build a camera its pretty much reliable and works well without a lot of add ons and c
  12. Interesting!!! It seems Panasonic are going well...50% jump in profit with car technology http://recode.net/2015/04/28/panasonic-sees-fourth-straight-year-of-profit-gains/ http://www.businessinsider.com/r-panasonic-sees-fourth-year-of-profit-gains-on-auto-electronics-growth-2015-4 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-26/panasonic-sees-tesla-cells-housing-fueling-8-year-high-profit Article also says that Sony is now showing some signs of a long awaited turnaround
  13. Yep Generally agreed, but lets wait and see (and wait and wait and wait.......) what the V-Log brings to the GH4. Everyone thats used it has said the color science is vastly improved, Jordan dropped using the A7S as his B Cam when he got the V-Log GH4... Panasonic can do it, So can Sony....I am sure of that. In Panasonics case its probably a good move to get the V-Log out and stop sitting on their hands.
  14. Umm Yeah...Taken them long enough, better late than never tho...or is it too little too late maybe. One thing tho Jordan from the Cam store says he now mainly uses it as his B Cam to his Sony FS7 He prefers it over the A7S now (his older B cam), judging by some of his posts he seems to really love it. So it may hold up against the A7R 11...maybe, obviously the A7R will kill it in a lot of areas, but maybe ease of use, price, gradability etc..will give it some air.
  15. I actually thought the article was brilliant and very funny, well written and very witty...jeez some people need to loosen up a little...honestly some people get so precious about this stuff.
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