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3 hours ago, Adam Kuźniar said:

IMO not, but for a different reason that you might think - it's not EF. The amount of times I rented/borrowed my EF glass to friends, 2nd shooters and even rental places made the lens not only free but it also earned me some cash. 

 

The amount of times I was asked to borrow/rent m43 glass? zero 

That’s fair. I’m not advocating one way or the other. If you do that and it works, great.

For people who don’t have or want to muck around with adapters this is an option.

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1 minute ago, Video Hummus said:

That’s fair. I’m not advocating one way or the other. If you do that and it works, great.

For people who don’t have or want to muck around with adapters this is an option.

Yeah yeah full agreement here, just wanted to show a different point of view :)

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Just arrived.

Going to test it out this evening after work and when I get some free time.

First thing I noticed after snapping it on to my GH5S...its so wide that my 82mm Nd filter (with a 77mm to 82mm step-up ring) heavily vignettes at anything below 12mm. Bummer.

Also, the 50-200 has better build quality. They really tried to control the weight of this lens. Which, btw, is nicely balanced on my GH5S with cage.

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45 minutes ago, Video Hummus said:

Just arrived.

Going to test it out this evening after work and when I get some free time.

First thing I noticed after snapping it on to my GH5S...its so wide that my 82mm Nd filter (with a 77mm to 82mm step-up ring) heavily vignettes at anything below 12mm. Bummer.

Also, the 50-200 has better build quality. They really tried to control the weight of this lens. Which, btw, is nicely balanced on my GH5S with cage.

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Whew that lens is more expensive than a GH5. I hope it's worth the price

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So a small update.

After having played around with the lens on firmware 1.2 and now after updating to 1.3 I honestly think there has been an AF performance regression with 1.3.

I was getting acceptable AF performance at 4K 24p prior to 1.3, now its noticeably non responsive in the same shooting scenario (5 mins apart).

When shooting 60p, however, the AF is very snappy and accurate—more so than I remembered.

DfD really likes a higher sample rate.

On first impression the lens is great, like many have said. I can definitely hear and feel the AF motors compared to some other lenses.

The parfocal-ness claims I’ve seen are strange. It doesn’t hold focus when zooming in or out at all.

Focus breathing is non-existent however.

Hoping to put together a video soon. 

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5 hours ago, colepat said:

Not sure if this is the best place to post...

But, here are some frames from a shoot I did today with the GH5 as my b-cam (A-cam was a C200- not pictured here). Love this little camera. 

Open to critics as well if you guys have any. 

Cool shots.  The first one looks a little higher exposure on the skin tones than the others, but that's easily fixable.

The GH5 is a real gem, still relevant many years after its release, and even has features that some new release cameras do not (eg, 4k60, or, you know, not overheating).  The 10-bit is a pleasure to work with, even if you don't nail exposure (which I definitely don't).  I really like mine :) 

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1 hour ago, kye said:

Cool shots.  The first one looks a little higher exposure on the skin tones than the others, but that's easily fixable.

The GH5 is a real gem, still relevant many years after its release, and even has features that some new release cameras do not (eg, 4k60, or, you know, not overheating).  The 10-bit is a pleasure to work with, even if you don't nail exposure (which I definitely don't).  I really like mine :) 

Thanks for the feedback! Its from the same take as the other on the bottom so maybe I messed up the grade on it. I'll have to take a look. Great catch. Thank you! 

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Hi, I usually make night shots in the night, in the forest or large areas in the villages where people dance. I always use a small led lamp on my GH5 camera. Often it is insufficient and I need more light. I'm thinking about a LED Front Lamp to put on my head. I noticed a lot of lamps of each invoice but for trek and running. I don't know if it can be useful for me too. I need a front lamp with zoom and with a large floodlight. Does anyone here have experience in this regard? Maybe I do a stupid thing to buy and use a LED Front Lamp? I found some LED Front Lamps with 6000K but I could add a filter to make the light a little warmer. I always travel alone and I also need to optimize weight. Thanks for some precious news.

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10 hours ago, FoxAdriano said:

Hi, I usually make night shots in the night, in the forest or large areas in the villages where people dance. I always use a small led lamp on my GH5 camera. Often it is insufficient and I need more light. I'm thinking about a LED Front Lamp to put on my head. I noticed a lot of lamps of each invoice but for trek and running. I don't know if it can be useful for me too. I need a front lamp with zoom and with a large floodlight. Does anyone here have experience in this regard? Maybe I do a stupid thing to buy and use a LED Front Lamp? I found some LED Front Lamps with 6000K but I could add a filter to make the light a little warmer. I always travel alone and I also need to optimize weight. Thanks for some precious news.

I'm not sure if you already know this, but one of the key aspects of lighting is how well it renders colour (bad lighting will distort colours and make things look strange) and it called CRI with 100 being perfect.  They recommend that you get a light about 90 or so.

I mention this because the CRI of cheap LED lights is typically lower than 90, so they are not recommended.

I can recommend the Aputure brand for their smaller LED lights, they're small, light-weight, and charge from USB, and have high CRI ratings.  I'm not sure that this meets your needs though as they are more like a video light rather than a spot-light.

Maybe someone else knows of something that might help?

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These have always been good sources for me regarding flashlights/headlamps.

For purchasing... I'd strongly consider AliExpress and eBay.

Nitecore is amongst the best established brands in the flashlight game (also more high-end/expensive); Fenix is up there as well (at least... when I was into that kinda thing years back). Nitecore's also good with powersupply/charging (they recently even entered the mirrorless camera market with 'smart batteries' for cameras (Sony) and even cinema optics now! Kinda boggled my mind a little, having known them for their flashlights). The best flashlights need run offa good high power reliable sources. The most common and recommended battery type is the 18650 (same sort of batteries you'll find in a laptop, Lime/Bird/Xiaomi scooter, Tesla, etc). Personally in terms of safety, quality/performance and price I think the Soshine brand is the best way to go. Get a good and safe charger as well. Too many horror stories with cheap nameless or shit brand crap, both batteries and chargers blowing up causing havoc. There are a bunch of 'Intellichargers'. Again, here as well Nitecore knows their stuff. Also: Sysmax, Jetbeam (pretty much same thing). There are sometimes diffusors availlable for various lights should you want to soften it up. There's also 'CREE COB' which are like worklight-type LED strips giving you a little bit of flat lighting (not very bright).

What kind of bin? XM-L/XM-L2 (T6 BIN) used to be the popular type. Multi-LED (like 3x... 5x... you name it) as well.

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These days it's all about the XHP LED source (XHP35/XHP50/XHP70) though.

Maybe start your adventure over at AliExpress, browse around and maybe it will lead to something useful for what you're trying to do. There's also tons of flashlight/EDC channels over on YouTube to check out... once down that rabbit hole you'll probably end up wanting to buy something like that floody Fenix... or how about that Imalent:

 

 

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On 10/1/2019 at 7:59 PM, FoxAdriano said:

Hi, I usually make night shots in the night, in the forest or large areas in the villages where people dance. I always use a small led lamp on my GH5 camera. Often it is insufficient and I need more light. I'm thinking about a LED Front Lamp to put on my head. I noticed a lot of lamps of each invoice but for trek and running. I don't know if it can be useful for me too. I need a front lamp with zoom and with a large floodlight. Does anyone here have experience in this regard? Maybe I do a stupid thing to buy and use a LED Front Lamp? I found some LED Front Lamps with 6000K but I could add a filter to make the light a little warmer. I always travel alone and I also need to optimize weight. Thanks for some precious news.

Maybe go for a head lamp / head light - the one that runners use when they trail run. Those are pretty light

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14 hours ago, buggz said:

New low price: Panasonic GH5 now sells for $1397 only

https://www.43rumors.com/new-low-price-panasonic-gh5-now-sells-for-1397-only/

Adorama, Amazon, and B&H Photo

Even a couple of years after launch, the GH5 is a heck of a video camera. Yes, it is noisy above ISO1600, but the video quality, stabilization, etc. make it a great choice for a lot of projects.

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3 hours ago, drm said:

Even a couple of years after launch, the GH5 is a heck of a video camera. Yes, it is noisy above ISO1600, but the video quality, stabilization, etc. make it a great choice for a lot of projects.

I've found 3200 iso is very usable. I am seeing them easily had now on eBay for $1000

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On 10/7/2019 at 10:31 AM, BjornT said:

Recent video I made with my GH5. Shot on the Leica 12-60 lens using a Ronin SC Gimbal. Graded in Resolve with Filmconvert and shot in Cine-D profile at 50fps with a Tiffen Black Satin 1 filter attached.

Two years going and still think this camera is amazing.

 

It really shines in capable hands 👏 

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I shoot with fully-manual lenses, so every time I turn on the camera it asks me what the focal length is for the IBIS.  Is this recorded anywhere in metadata that I can search for in my NLE (or even better - in OSX)?

I'm having one of those "let's look at all the shots I made with lens X" type of moments.... :) 

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