Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Imaging Resource posts first Panasonic GH4 studio images.





Imaging Resource has posted their first studio images shot with the new Panasonic Lumix GH4.   Not sure why, but above ISO 3200, the GX7 actually looks to provide cleaner images then the GH4.  Not sure if they have a final firmware yet or not.   While they shot RAW images and made them available, there are not RAW convertors yet for the GH4 that I have found.

Here is the link to Imaging Resources studio JPEG and RAW.
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/04/08/the-panasonic-gh4-has-landed-in-our-lab-first-shots-now-posted

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Brief test video of the Panasonic GH4 at ISO 1600 and various settings.

Amadeusz Andrzejewski has posted a short video showing the Panasonic Lumix GH4 at ISO 1600 and with various noise reduction settings as shown in the video itself.  This short video does demonstrate the effect that various noise reduction settings have on the final video.  

This is rather quick and not well defined, but it does show how the noise reduction settings will affect the final video image.  Shot in 4K definition.

EOSHD posts a comparision of the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7s


Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7S compared – who wins the 4K battle on paper?

The good folks at EOSHD posted a short introductory comparison between the Panasonic GH4 and the newly announced Sony A7s hybrid  still and video camera.   They address the pros and cons of each system.   The new Sony A7s, with its 12mp full frame sensor will surely be the King of very low light and high ISO video, but beyond that there are several important differentiations.  

This should be a must read for those wanting to hop on board the 4K video train.  Expect both to have strengths and weaknesses, depending on use.   Click the title link above to go to EOSHD

"In my opinion, I expect the GH4 to be the nimble and quick go everywhere do everything Photographic Ninja, that draws upon a diverse skill set to get the job done regardless of odds.    The Sony A7S however looks more like a hardened low light warrior, a specialist that does a few things extraordinarily well, but does not try to do everything.  Both have their place.  - Lightweaver" 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Panasonic GH4, still photos from Osaka Japan - by Wasabi Bob

Click the Link below to visit Wasabi's Flickr account and check out the Panasonic GH4 photos.

Wasabi Bob posted some Panasonic Lumix GH4 still shots on his flicker account.  Taken in Osaka Japan, they at ISO from 200 to 1600.  Looking pretty good to me.   Looks to be firmware version .04 or .05.  

The GH4 still looks like the camera to beat so far this year for all around flexibility, durability and high quality, detailed images in both video and stills.   

Check out Wasabi Bog's GH4 images on Flickr.   

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Panasonic GH4 - EOSHD demonstrates how much improvement 4K brings to video and how the Panasonic GH4 fits in.


In my previous blog entry, Panasonic Lumix GH4 - More then just a Pretty Face I raised the idea that the future of 4k video lies not only with the entertainment and enthusiast producers but equally so with the technical (military, industrial, scientific, biomedical, surveillance) industries.  The GH4 is so far proving to be a real detail monster for any use.  So while some gearheads, argue whether 4k video is worth it or not, take a look and decide for yourself.   4k video is the future to replace Full HD (1080p).   Panasonic GH4 is the first hybrid (stills and video) camera to make it cost effective and user friendly.

The good folks over at EOSHD have posted "Panasonic GH4 4K Production Diary – Day 3 – EOSHD Shootout" which clearly shows both the esthetic and the technical detail improvements that 4K brings to the video world in general.   The also address very briefly the Panasonic GH4's cost advantage over other current products.

The image below (from EOSHD) shows a brief glimpse of the Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K quality and detail.    Click the link above and go directly to EOSHD article and be sure to read Day 1 and Day 2 articles as well.

Image is from EOSD "Panasonic GH4 4K Production Diary – Day 3 – EOSHD Shootout"  Visit their website to get all the nitty gritty details.  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Andrew Reid and Frank Sauer of EOSHD, shoot with the Panasonic GH4

Andrew Reid and Frank Sauer  (Professional Videographers) have started a Panasonic GH4 Production Diary over at EOSHD

http://www.eoshd.com/content/12319/andrew-reid-frank-sauer-shoot-panasonic-gh4-production-diary-day-1


So what are their initial impressions with a pre-production Panasonic GH4?

“So the big question has arrived – is the GH4 worth kicking your girlfriend out of bed for at 5am to catch the magic hour light? The answer is yes and we are putting our new girlfriend through her paces with a week of action packed shooting, featuring free-runners, drones, gimbals, abandoned theme parks and apocalyptic Berlin factories.”

“Image quality in 4K is out of this world. It really feels like the full capability of the lens is right there in your images. If a lens is low contrast wide open you know about it. If a lens is sharp and punchy you see this no holds barred. No more fuzzy 1080p – this is the real deal. It looks and feels like a moving DSLR still. Detail is so crisp and smooth when you view 4K at 2.5K on a 27″ iMac. I don’t yet have a 4K display. For one thing I don’t feel I need one. 4K looks WAY better than 1080p even on my iMac screen.”

“The EVF however is all-out mega. I used it a lot and didn’t miss the Zacuto Z-Finder one bit. A new option – Monochrome Live View – can be enabled to help further with focus.”

“The GH4 is one of the most exciting cameras I’ve ever shot with. The whole ethos of this camera I love. Feature after feature packed into it, the convenience factor of an efficient 4K codec and no more huge file sizes or bulky external batteries – not to mention the accessible price for the masses and astounding image quality in 4K – both of us were in awe of it.“


Great stuff.  They have some good B roll stills up, and state they will have some video soon.

GH4 ballade a Causeway Bay HK - 1080P



Ballade avec le GH4 à Causeway Bay avec le GH4 (modèle de pré-série)
1080p50 ALL I 200mb/s
Lenses :
Leica R Summicron 50mm f:2
Leica R Elmarit 24mm f:2,8
Metabones Speedbooster Leica R to M43
Panasonic Lumix 12/35 f:2,5
Color with Filmconvert


Hong Kong - Ballad by Night - Panasonic GH4, 4K



Here is another excellent sample of GH4, 4K video at night.

By Emmanuel Pampuri. This really shows off the low light capabilities of the Panasonic GH4. Quite excellent! 

Ballade à Honk Kong avec le GH4 de nuit (Camera de pré-série firmware beta 0.4c)
Hong Kong ballad by night in 4k with Panasonic GH4 Pre-Production Camera and Beta Firmware 0.4c
4096x2160p24 All I mode 100mb/s internal recording
Cinelike D
Lens : Panasonic 12/35 f:2,8
ISO 800 to 1600
no grading

Can also be viewed on Vimeo  https://vimeo.com/90388069 which will provide less compression then on YouTube.





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Panasonic Lumix GH4 - 4K 4096x2160 24p - day and night videos, Krabi Thailand



Repost of two early Panasonic GH4 videos, shot in 4K cinema mode with a pre-production model. For more information visit the producers site: https://www.youtube.com/user/2011peopleasia

Published on Mar 23, 2014 by 2011peopleasia

Night Street Walking, Krabi, Thailand



Per the Poster 2011 peopleasia: "I had tested shooting Panasonic GH4 4K at night time in available light. I walked around the night time local market with Panasonic GH4 firmware version 0.4, shooting without any additional light.

Camera setting : 4K 4096x2160 24p 100mbps
ISO : 800ASA
Shutter : 172.8 degree
Lens : Samyang 16mm F2.0
Camera Profile : Natural, Contrast -5
Camera Gamma : Normal
White balance : 4000k


Daytime tour, Krabi, Thailand - Added 3/27/2014



Everything shot hand held. I used normal gamma curve because I wanted to know how far the sensor and the new encoded h.264 codec could handle.

I put the original footage in to Adobe Premiere Pro CC at native size. No color changed just only adjusted slightly high light, shadow and contrast.

Camera profile : Natural, Contrast -5
Gamma : Standard
Firmware Version : 0.4
Internal record : 4K 4096x2160 24p 100mbps to SDXC MicroP2 card
Lens : Lumix 7-14 F4.0, while shooting the F-stop varied from F4.0-F14
ASA : 200
White Balance : 5600k
Shutter : Variable from 11-172.8 degree



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Panasonic Lumix GH4 - More Than Just a Pretty Face


Photography blogs across the net are talking about the new Panasonic Lumix GH4, micro four-thirds hybrid camera with 4K video that comes in at a new more affordable price then most (if not all) other 4K video cameras to date.

Already, discussion and gear forums have erupted with the time honored tradition (if you can consider 15 years, of consumer digital a tradition) of weighing the pros and cons of necessity and success.

Before I continue, a little history about me and my background:   I am an old school photographer, having started in film while still a teenager in the 1960's.    I studied photography during 2 years of college and then went into the US Navy and became a Naval photographer specialized in still photography.    My professional background in photography during the next 15+ years was more technical oriented then creative, involving military, industrial, biomedical, surveillance, legal and other various technical forms of photographic imaging.    For that kind of work, 35mm was still considered "insufficient" and most of our work was done with large or medium format and/or VHS video cameras with long zooms on the rare occasions I shot video.   There was no autofocus, no high speed drives, no auto-exposure and photographers still managed to get the photos without all the modern bells and whistles.   High ISO (then called ASA in the United States) was Black and White Tri-X (400) processed in something like Accufine to provide grainy and detail lacking ASA 1200.
Now, lets move forward a few decades and we find the entire photography world has changed.   Small cameras are replaced by cell phone cameras and a significant portion of the population in more affluent countries carry some kind of imaging device, most of the time.    Photography no longer only the domain of professionals and enthusiasts, contributes for better or worse to modern societies information overload.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Photo of the Day - Butterfly Profile

Westminster, Colorado Butterfly Pavilion - Panasonic GH1 with Pan-Leica 45mm F2.8 Macro.


Photo of the Day.  Butterfly Profile with Panasonic GH1 and Pan-Leica 45mm F2.8 macro.
Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80020, USA

Trying to get myself geared back up to publishing on a regular basis again.   Hopefully the next month will see a freeing up of my time to get back  to the photography I love.  Have a new article in the works already.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, September 7, 2013

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Olympus shows Teasers for new Olympus camera model - OM-D E-M1


Olympus today showed an advertising Teaser for a new camera, probably the already seen Olympus OM_D-EM-1 that was leaked this past week.   They have also announced a show in Tokyo for people to see all their latest equipment including the newest camera and lens, and to get hands on with the entire Olympus line of photographic products.

At the very least it is expected that they will show the EM-1 and the new Olympus Zuiko 12-40 F2.8 lens (angle of view equivalent to a 24-80 F2.8 on Full Frame)   Despite the many leaks, it is expected that these will be officially introduced around  10 September 2013 or 13 September 2013.

Likewise Olympus Europe has also provided their teaser.