Consumer 4K is on the way, it is now as inevitable as the first 1080p stickers were on your TVs and cameras of 5 years ago. In an interview with DPReview, Nikon’s Tetsuya Yamamoto says that the Nikon J1’s (Aptina produced) sensor is already capable of a 4K horizontal resolution in video mode (although he doesn’t reveal the vertical resolution which I suspect would be lower than 2K).
The Lumix 14mm F2.5 pancake is currently my favoured option on the GH2 but there are some more affordable alternatives for budget filmmakers.
The Pentax 6mm F1.2 c-mount lens is the cheapest fast wide lens for DSLR filmmaking currently available. To use it you will need to have a Panasonic GH2, and to enable 1080p Ex-Tele mode (commonly known as 1:1 crop mode). It gives a feel similar to 8mm or 16mm film on the GH2.
Wide angle lens meant for smaller sensor sizes,or Super 8 have never been much good on Micro 4/3rds.
They still aren’t!
I’ve written an introductory article over at Converge on exploring some of the nice zoom lenses which can come into play thanks to the Panasonic GH2’s crop mode.
EOSHD.com reader RichST who picked up a Japanese GH2 this week (production retail model) has been showing me some useful shots demonstrating the look of different picture profiles on the GH2, including the new Teleconverter mode. Seemingly Panasonic listened, because this is a feature the community has long been dreaming of. No line skipping, no pixel binning, no scaling – just the ability to take an unscaled 1080p 1:1 crop of the centre of the sensor.
I recently walked into an old junk store in Manchester (UK) and they had a bundle of CCTV equipment on a shelf. They also had some old c-mount TV lenses from Canon, two identical zooms.
Usually zoom c-mount lenses vignette on the Panasonic GH1 and this does too – but remarkably, much more of the frame is covered than usual. What you see here are some actual full-frame GH1 shots from a 17-102MM F2 (constant) lens that cost £10 / $16.