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  1. I like that a lot. Verb affordable too. Just yesterday I was explainibg to the classroom teacher why it's good to rig up a camera and attach accessories like Follow focus. We don't have much of a budget, but with stuff like this maybe we could venture into it.
  2. I would like to try that! The classroom teacher and I talked about trying to make something similar to that but weren't exactly sure how to approach it.
  3. That sounds promising. I don't have total control of spending here but if you come up with a good solution I'd love to support you.
  4. I thought those prices are high too, but I hate to complain when I know that there is value to the skills and tools it required to make specialized products like this. We are in USA. However, it's tricky for us to purchase anything outside of our approved vendor list (Amazon, BH Photo, etc) unless it comes out of our own pockets. I don't think the riser needs to be very tall. One or two inches would be plenty.
  5. I bought a Panasonic G85 and a Manfrotto 502 head/tripod for some students to use for school projects. I did not consider the fact that this head is much too large for a small camera with this form factor. It's impossible for us to operate zoom and focus rings on our lenses unless we mount the camera very far forward on the tripod head. But then I can't reach the EVF with my eye. I imagine some kind of riser that lifts the camera above the tripod head would give me the clearance I need. Something like this seems like it would work: http://www.filmtools.com/cameradept/spreadtripca/tripod-accessories-93/risers/arri-canon-5d-riser-for-mbp-1-337151.html or: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1044142-REG/cambo_99211106_compact_camera_tripod_mount_riser.html Any simple and more inexpensive solutions recommended?
  6. I was hoping somebody would respond, as I'm having the same problem getting enough volume from the Rodelink wireless system to anything, including a Zoom H6, a tascam Dr-2d and Panasonic G85 (and GH2). I don't have problems with the other gear I have (Rode shotgun mics and some stereo cardioids with a preamp built for loud live music.
  7. I'm having trouble finding an adapter and DC coupler to continuously power the G85 with AC power from an electrical outlet. I suspect the adapters that people use to power the G7 will work, since it's the same battery. Is that a correct assumption? Is there a notch in the battery cover that I can feed the wire through? High school students will be using this camera for work with a green screen, among other things. We'll be doing audio through a Zoom H6 with a splitter/attenuator (to deal with lack of headphone output of the G85). I'm open to suggestions if anybody thinks I'm making bad choices here. We're open to the idea of using something with a camcorder form factor, but I'm not thrilled about the tiny sensors in everything that costs less than $2000.
  8. brentil

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    I shoot video with a GH2,but it I don't care for it as a stills camera. A friend gave me a nice deal on a 5D classic with a 70-200 f2.8 IS (version 1). I need at least one fairly wide lens for it. It seems my Nikon mount Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 that I use on the GH2 could actually be useful on the 5D with only a little vignetting between 28-35mm. But I can't find an easy way to attach this lens to the 5D without losing control of aperture. Or if I can't make the Sigma work... Is it worth trying the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II for the 5D? I've seen that the focus ring is terrible and it's not very sharp wide open. Any suggestions for a very affordable 50mm or wider lens for the 5D that's at least F1.8? Is it difficult to adapt the aforementioned 50mm Planar or Pancolar to the 5D?
  9. Thanks for the help guys. I was able to unlock the other ISO choices by following the instructions on page 202 of the manual. The camera lets you choose between two ISO selection modes: 1 EV or 1/3 EV. You can also turn on an "extended" ISO feature. I was able to assign the live preview mode for photos to one of the Fn keys (I chose Fn2). Unfortunately, I have to press the Fn2 key after every photo I take. I wish I could make it stay on all the time like my GH2. Sometimes it's nice to boost the preview image so it's easier to focus and frame your shot (like when I do long exposure night/sky photographs I accomplish a similar effect with my GH2 by popping up the flash. While the flash is up the preview image brightens while I focus and frame. Then I put the flash back down, set my exposure, and take photos. *The G6 manual says the live preview mode can simulate shutter speeds between 8 seconds and 1/1000. The possibility of using the wifi app for wildlife photos/videos is kind of cool. It's one of the reason I decided to try this camera. Also...I've never used an external monitor with my GH2, but often wished for one. I thought this camera might be able to use an iPad as one to a certain extent. While I think it may work with auto focus (I didn't try yet), it doesn't work well with my Lumix 20mm in manual focus mode. Every time I adjust focus the app freezes the video feed and says "camera busy". Video (and control) does resume after a couple seconds or so. I'm going to experiment more with old manual lenses. Photo and video quality seem nice so far. I look forward to trying it at shows this weekend. EDIT: I tried the G6 at a show last night. The colors and shadow detail in videos look better than the GH2 to me. However, taking photos with this camera is a terrible experience compared to the GH2...for one simple reason; accurate photo preview. I hate pushing a Fn button every time I want accurate preview. And the photo preview mode isn't smooth like video preview. It stutters (to simulate shutter speed?) and is very distracting. My budget only allows me to have one camera for video and photo. The G6 is not that camera. I'll just stick with my GH2 until I can find a better fit for me.
  10. I've been shooting with an unhacked GH2 for just over a year (50/50 photo/video). I usually shoot either live music in small clubs or nature/wildlife. I've struggled with getting images I want of live music. Colors often don't seem appealing. Bright areas blow out very easily while darker areas of the stage are too dark. When lighting is good and even I love it. I've hesitated to hack my GH2 because I didn't want to deal with instability and larger files. I've been hearing great things about video and photo quality of the G6 and thought it might give me the extra edge I need. The addition of time lapse functions with electronic shutter and the ability to control the camera with a tablet/smartphone with wifi made it seem like a smart move. I was going to sell the GH2 while used prices are still good. My new G6 arrived in the mail today, and although I haven't had much time to shoot yet, I already have some serious concerns. 1) There are much fewer ISO choices compared to my GH2. 2) The click wheel that I frequently use to change shutter speed and aperture is much more difficult to adjust than my GH2. 3) Although I have accurate live view in video mode, in photo mode the EVF and screen do not represent what the photo is going to look like. They always preview a brightly lit image, regardless of my exposure settings. If I'm overlooking some settings regarding ISO and live view, please let me know. Otherwise, I'm afraid this camera will need to be returned. I suppose my next step will be trying to find a GH2 hack well suited for live music.
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