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Old July 31st, 2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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as i just mentioned in my previous thread about possibly getting a gh3 for video recording 1080p30 or p24, my biggest question is how good would this camera be at shooting video in very low light with fast lenses that fit this camera? I am talking like interviews and some b-roll in some home at night time with an available table lamp. Not the typical city night time shots with all the streetlights and store windows all lit up. Like a quick interview in a bar or hotel lobby with no lights and, again, using a fast lens. I think I saw a 2omm f1.7 for this cam which gets me up to around a 40mm full scale lens if there is a 2x crop with this cam. good for what I need to start. or, I also like this Panasonic H-HS12035 LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH X Series Lens

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Old July 31st, 2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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IMO, the GH3 rocks in low light. I use it with the f/1.7 20mm pancake lens at dark wedding receptions, and the results I get are amazing.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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Thanx Corey. I just started looking again at maybe getting the GH3 after trying a couple of Canon's the last couple of weeks. I like how the GH3 uses OLED's, has a headphone jack and shoots continuously. And the lenses seem to be lower cost than most the Canon lenses I wanted but I cannot afford. I need to wrap my head into this micro four thirds stuff. The sensor is a bit smaller in size which makes me wonder about low light and good DOF. Can you still get that good DOF like the larger sensors on Canon's with the nice soft out of focus backgrounds? And , are the audio controls easy to use with no AGC?

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Old August 1st, 2013, 09:18 PM   #4
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I have used the H-HS12035 LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 lens extensively for documentary work and it performs well in low light. Not like a full frame Canon for either light or DOF with similar lens but very nice. I don't like to push past about 800 ISO but up to there I find noise levels quite acceptable.

Unfortunately you can't bypass the AGC without and external work around (Beachtek or Juiced Link) I use a Tascam DR60D and Premiere Pro CC to record and manage second source audio and am very happy with the results.
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Old August 1st, 2013, 11:38 PM   #5
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Michael,

Thank you. Good info. This is the first I heard about the AGC. I did not know it had that problem. My Canon EOS-M has selectable Auto or Manual.

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