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On 24 January 2020 at 3:35 AM, Goobster said:

it's a nice reminder that cameras like the GH5 could easily be an A camera on a production.

I think the GH5 is a sleeper camera, along with many others like the UMP, C100, etc.

These cameras are good enough quality so the images easily meet a professional standard, aren't fancy or odd enough to be bragged about, and aren't used on large productions that have interviews with the cinematographer.

People talk when someone shoots a feature film on an iPhone because the perception is it's not good enough.  People talk when someone shoots a project with a camera that is fancy or odd, or when the camera doesn't traditionally suit the project.  and if a film has a huge budget and wins awards then everyone gets interviewed and there are four paragraphs about the lens choices and the phrase 'colour science' gets mentioned.

But when someone shoots a documentary / ad / training course / low-budget series / short / or indy feature with a sensible and capable camera, there's no press about it.  That's the GH5, XT-3, UMP, C100, etc etc.  

I would be very curious to see what percentage of all edited content consumed is shot on these types of cameras.  I think it might be a quarter.  But that's the point - we'd never know, because it's not remarkable.  Therefore no remarks are made, and we don't hear about it.

These are the cameras of the people quietly working outside the limelight and delivering good quality content.

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I've posted the screenshots before but the video is out in case anyone would want to check it out. Guess which shot is the GH5 one 😄 

4k/10bit/100mbps HLG, graded with FilmConvert

rest of the cameras were the BM Production 4k, Sony A7 2 and Canon 600D (wild mix I know)

 

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So yeah, if you have not been to Cappadocia, it should be on your list. At lease you should've heard about it. Amazing place. Handheld GH5 Sigma 18-35 through all the video plus some drone shots. I went for a slow tranquil video along with the music. 

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Fun test made by Ted Harder on the Panasonic GH5 and GH5s Group on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/pansonicgh5/permalink/2299318990367796/

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Have a client that wants the most usable footage straight out of camera. He doesn't want to do any color work. Since I've been curious anyway, I pulled out the X-Rite color checker and shot a series of clips, changing the hue adjustment in the Natural profile for each. Thought you guys would be interested in the results.

GH5 with Sigma 18-35 and Viltrox EFM2, lit with 1 Westcott Flex 1x1. Used color checker to white balance in camera and to expose for middle gray. Bumped up saturation in post for easier viewing.

It seems that Natural with +4 HUE has the most accurate skin tones..

 

More tests and the full post linked above.

 

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49 minutes ago, Adam Kuźniar said:

Fun test made by Ted Harder on the Panasonic GH5 and GH5s Group on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/pansonicgh5/permalink/2299318990367796/

It seems that Natural with +4 HUE has the most accurate skin tones..

More tests and the full post linked above

That's a really helpful test! Kind of wish I shot my last thing with natural now haha. Selling off my GH5 again though, this is the second one I've owned so far.

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16 hours ago, Adam Kuźniar said:

Fun test made by Ted Harder on the Panasonic GH5 and GH5s Group on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/pansonicgh5/permalink/2299318990367796/

It seems that Natural with +4 HUE has the most accurate skin tones..

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Some time ago I looked at the skin tones from a range of demo videos from the camera manufacturers, including ARRI LF, Canon, etc and I found that the skin tones on those videos were almost always contained between the indicator line and the line of pure red.  Canon was the most red, and ARRI had a few tones slightly to the left of the indicator line, but it wasn't that far, and their tones were very yellow.

The profile above is very interesting to me because I can see that:

  • skin tones are pretty good
  • it's compressed in the G/M axis both through saturation as well as by rotating the colours towards those hues, which is common amongst film emulations that try and put more things on the orange/teal dimension
  • it's shifted warm, which you can see by comparing how saturated the red and yellow points are compared to the cyan and blue points are

Fun stuff, and great result :) 

I wonder if the client was happy with the results, I'd imagine so.

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