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Old September 14th, 2012, 04:05 AM   #16
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The general theory is that the intensity of light reduces according to distance, as I've written here.

However, this is almost negligible for still camera lens adapters - which are just a few millimeters in depth. I've yet to see any difference with the adapters I use. Nothing to worry about.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 01:23 PM   #17
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With the GH2 and most adapted lenses there is no additional barrel length involved. The m4/3rds design makes the body lens flange to sensor "thinner". To maintain proper focus adapters must have a certain length.

There is no exposure increase necessary.

A better idea with the GH2 would be a couple of "prime" lenses made for it. The Lumix 20mm f1.7 (FAST GLASS!) and the Olympus Zuiko 45mm f1.8 would be wise choices. Both are sharp performers, quite lightweight and compact and much sought after. Even the "much maligned" 14-42 "kit" lens is a far better performer than most give it credit for.

The BIG advantage to "native" m4/3rds lenses is that just about all features of the GH2 work with them.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 02:09 PM   #19
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With the GH2 and most adapted lenses there is no additional barrel length involved. The m4/3rds design makes the body lens flange to sensor "thinner". To maintain proper focus adapters must have a certain length.

There is no exposure increase necessary.

A better idea with the GH2 would be a couple of "prime" lenses made for it. The Lumix 20mm f1.7 (FAST GLASS!) and the Olympus Zuiko 45mm f1.8 would be wise choices. Both are sharp performers, quite lightweight and compact and much sought after. Even the "much maligned" 14-42 "kit" lens is a far better performer than most give it credit for.

The BIG advantage to "native" m4/3rds lenses is that just about all features of the GH2 work with them.
Got the kit lens and the 20mm to start out. All I could afford right now...
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Old September 14th, 2012, 02:48 PM   #20
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That's a good start. That 20mm is like a slightly "wide" normal and can be a very useful general purpose prime lens. The f1.7 aperture is very handy in low light level environments.

You can add others later.
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Got the kit lens and the 20mm to start out. All I could afford right now...
Great choice, you'll be happy with it. Now you can quit worrying about gear and focus on shooting the documentary! All the best.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 02:30 AM   #22
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How about the Canon 60D since it is also weather resistant?

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How about the Canon 60D since it is also weather resistant?

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Same thing as the T3i. However, the weather resistant feature is not particularly helpful unless you are going to purchase the expensive weather resistant L lenses...(I cannot afford them!)

{edit} the 60d is NOT the exact same as the 60d...but close enough

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Old September 17th, 2012, 04:17 AM   #24
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strange that you think the XA10's low light performance is 'abysmal'. i actually bought one on the strength of its low light performance as well as audio capabilities.... so far i am extremely happy!

the great thing about the T3i is that you can use the 3x crop with video with minimal if any image degradation, giving you two lenses in one. if you have a 17-55 (27.2-88 on the T3i), you also have a 51-165 (81.6-495 if my math is right...). all without the hassle of changing the lens! i think that's why Canon discontinued that feature- bad for lens sales.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #25
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I guess it depends upon what you compare it to...compared to lower priced prosumer camcorders, and consumer grade camcorders, yes it has good low light performance. Compared to the VG 20, or DSLR's, its low light performance is "abysmal." Its sensor is the exact same sensor as in the lower end Canon camcorders, and its low light performance is very similar.
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