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Old March 6th, 2011, 08:35 AM   #16
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Re: Advice on using GH2 as a locked off wideshot video camera?

In the Movie Mode 24p Cinema setting you can set your ISO, shutter speed and f-stop ahead a time.
I have not seen any spot mode.
To have a floating iris you would need to be in 'S' to lock the shutter and would be shooting at 1080i.
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Old March 6th, 2011, 09:22 AM   #17
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Re: Advice on using GH2 as a locked off wideshot video camera?

I wonder, would it be better to have ISO on auto, and exposure set rather than the reverse? I guess it would depend on the scenario, wouldn't it?
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Old March 8th, 2011, 11:39 PM   #18
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Thanks to all for answering my additional questions on the GH2....extremely helpful and much appreciated...John
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Old March 9th, 2011, 02:52 PM   #19
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John, there is no SPOT type feature that I know of on the GH2. I shot a high contrast theater piece in just such a situation, dark on the sides, main talent spotlighted, with both a GH2 and my Sony FX-1 HDV camcorder. The GH2 was somewhat contrasty in parts and I got some blown out highlights and noisy darks. That said, it still looked pretty good.

I would be wary of using auto iso, at anything over 800, iso gets noisy and I did get most of the noise in the darker parts of the frame. I used the kit 14-42mm f3.5 lens, and I've quickly learned that indoor lighting and darker shots really need a faster lens. I've seen other indoor and contrasty footage from the GH2 and it looked great, I clearly don't have a great understanding of the camera yet. It's a different beast then a video camera! (And FWIW, I engineer video multi cam sytems, matching cameras for live switched shows, so I do know my video.)

This post may not help a whole lot. Just letting you know my experience. It will give you great images and it's a very good camera. It can be used for lock-off shots, but was not really designed for that in mind.

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Old March 9th, 2011, 08:22 PM   #20
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Re: Advice on using GH2 as a locked off wideshot video camera?

I am in the same situation. I have the NX5 an was wanting the GH2 for a second cam and for bridal prep work. How is the low light for reception work? Is there an adapter for Nikon lenses?


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Old March 9th, 2011, 09:50 PM   #21
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Re: Advice on using GH2 as a locked off wideshot video camera?

Eric,

Thanks for your input regarding your experience in shooting a theatre show with spotlights. One of the issues I face in running an unmanned wideshot video camera is can the camera compensate for the varying lighting conditions, especially high contrast work and low light. A camcorder like the Sony CX550 and 560 apparently have some real flexibility here based on posts in the NX5U forum...using AE shift and the "spotlight" function. So it sounds as if the GH2 may be limited in this respect for compensating for varying lighting conditions on it's own as an unmanned camera, though for an evenly lit scenario, say, a wideshot of a press conference, I think it would definitely excel there. Thanks again for the info you contributed...it is very helpful on my end...John
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Old March 10th, 2011, 11:08 PM   #22
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Re: Advice on using GH2 as a locked off wideshot video camera?

John, at this point, I basically agree. Easier and possibly better overall with a dedicated video camera in this particular situation. However, if I were to use a faster lens, like the f1.7 pancake lens, I might be giving you a whole different review. This is one of the big differences. People have made suggestions about using not only low contrast filters but even pointing to lower/higher contrasting lenses.

It's not so much that the GH2 might not do a good job being a lockdown camera, but I'm just not sure how it's done yet.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 01:04 AM   #23
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John, an ideal camera for you would be the FX1000. I was too quick to endorse the GH2 for your work. You cannot depend on a f/4.0 kit lens, probably, and with a prime you'd have no zoom ability. It would be probelmatic, I would think.

The GH1 I received yesterday is a nice camera, but in low light it doesn't quite compare to the GH2, so I was mistaken to endorse it so fast...unless you can use a fast prime lens, and know what size you need, cool.

I am considering an FX1000 (I've owned two in the past) to give me what I need from the rear, maybe use it in conjunction with a prime lens on the GH1.
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