Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R II in low light – Speed Booster Shootout

When you have a Need For Speed there are two people you can call – Shane Hurlbut or Metabones.

The Metabones Speed Booster adapters give us apertures as fast as F0.64 from the rare Canon EF 50mm F1.0.

The XL 0.64x version fits the GH4 and turns the scruffy 2.3x crop 4K into a shiny Super 35mm unicorn. F1.2 becomes F0.88.

The Ultra 0.74x version for E-mount fits the A7R II and turns the Super 35mm mode into full frame, with the benefit of 1 stop gain in low light and a further 1 stop gain in noise performance over the pixel binned full frame mode.

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Optimising the GH2 for ISO 12,800 – a video tutorial

The footage here is shot with the EOSHD Intra-esting patch (AVC Intra at 88Mbit), which you can download here. Edit in Premiere CS5.5 on an AVC-Intra timeline for best workflow performance.

Myth busting time! Yes the GH2 really can do clean, detailed ISO 12,800 in low light, and it is the best current DSLR for low light shooting, with an organic fine grain noise pattern like the Canon C300. How? It all depends on picture profiles, as EOSHD shows in this video tutorial.

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Revealed – How to get clean ISO 6400 and 12,800 low light video on the GH2 and 5D Mark II

ISO 12,800 tips

1080p frame at ISO 12,800 from the GH2 – click to enlarge

The GH2 is the best low light DSLR. It is a myth it cannot compete with the FS100 or Canon C300. I am currently experimenting a lot with my GH2 and Nikon J1. I’ve seen some new opportunities with these… With the GH2 I am refunding my techniques for getting cinematic extreme low light at ISO 12,800 and F0.95. Due to the way CMOS sensors behave you are actually able to get a very film like ISO 800 grain over well exposed areas of an image and such is the F0.95 aperture on the Voigtlander Nokton and the high ISO, it is very easy to get an exposure in the dimmest of light. The noise is hideous in the lows and red / blue chroma channels, but you crush that noise out with a high contrast black and white picture profile and it solves the issue.

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Nikon takes lead from Canon in the APS-C high ISO noise race

DPReview.com’s most recent review is very revealing. They’ve benchmarked the Canon 60D, Panasonic GH2 and Nikon D7000 for RAW sensor noise.

Who takes the lead in the sensor race? Surprisingly, Canon is beaten to second place and Nikon now has the best APS-C sensor in terms of high ISO noise. But not by much.

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