The Panasonic GH5 is now officially announced after the Photokina preview phase. Shipping starts end of March 2017 and now Panasonic have released all the details of the camera. Some of it a little bit controversial.
First bit of news – the highly anticipated Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM ART now has a price. Lower than expected at $995. Early reviews say this lens is close to the $3.5k Zeiss Otus in performance terms.
This will be an exceptional piece of glass to use on the GH4 with Speed Booster. Pre-order the Nikon mount version at B&H for $995 if you plan to use Speed Booster. The Canon mount version is also available. If you prefer to buy from Adorama you can order the Nikon mount version here as well as the Canon EF one for the same price.
Now onto the GH4. The above shot by EOSHD forum member Julian confirms that Panasonic have now completed the final production firmware for the GH4 (version 1.0). The unit pictured above was loaned to Julian but it is a good sign the camera will be shipping on time from stores – possibly by the end of this month in less than 2 weeks.
This much anticipated ‘Chinese Alexa’ basic kit has been officially priced for pre-orders at a shocking $6300.
All is not well behind the scenes at Panasonic.
The GH2 continues the aggressive approach to video for Panasonic and it’s a great camera. Just how great, I’ll determine shortly. I have the challenger in the house – a Canon 60D (taking a ride in Philip Bloom’s luggage straight from Japan) which is fantastic and now I’m awaiting the GH2, any moment now.