Buyer’s Guide – Canon 5D Mark II or Panasonic GH1?

One of the biggest ownership dilemmas I ever had was between these two cameras. I loved the silky smooth shallow depth of field image from the 5D Mark II and the fun factor of the very usable Panasonic GH1. The low light performance of the 5D Mark II was completely absent of banding and colours looked incredible on a big screen. The GH1 had a significant cost and handling advantage plus some ‘interesting’ lens options. Hours spent hunting down old Canon FD lenses and C-Mounts!

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Isco Centavision – Extreme HD Anamorphics (2160×720) – Part 2

I was lucky a few months ago to find a rare Isco Centavision lens, which is a high quality 2x wide anamorphic lens. It has it’s own focus ring and it gives quite a Cinemascope-a-like 3:1 aspect ratio on the GH1 with it’s quirky native 16:9 sensor.

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The Obvious Question – and why there is NO conspiracy at Panasonic


Above: Ichiro Kitao, product planner for Panasonic Lumix.

Panasonic did a fantastic job on the GH1’s hardware, and it’s software is an impeccable creation, with really easy to use functionality. Now Tester13’s software PTools allows us to change a limited set of variables in the GH1’s firmware. It doesn’t recode anything complicated, create any new functionality or restructure anything. It’s simply doing this:

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50Mbit 1080p MJPEG on the Panasonic GH1

The results are finally in and EOSHD.com has found settings that give you the best possible quality from your GH1. There will also be improvements and updates still to come. Please read on!

The GH1 can now do 50Mbit 1080p MJPEG and the quality is astounding. It isn’t quite 100% robust yet, certain types of shot can halt recording. But it’s very usable as you can see from the video above.

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