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Old June 5th, 2015, 08:03 AM   #31
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Re: Lens for Panasonic GH4.

So, (sorry) just to get this right.

This is the new one Noa was thinking of.

Panasonic 42.5mm F1.7 (£303)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-Lu...ic+42.5mm+F1.7

and the other is the Olympus 17.5mm 1.8 (£359 . was £300 first time I looked)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-M-ZU...8+Olympus+lens

Any preference.

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Old June 5th, 2015, 08:24 AM   #32
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Like I said before, depends on what you will be using the lens for, 17.5 and 42.5 mm are very different focal lengths. Do you have a zoomlens at this moment that covers 17 and 42mm? In such a case you can set it to those focal lengths to see how the field of view both lenses will give you will work for you.
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Old June 5th, 2015, 08:27 AM   #33
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Like I said before, depends on what you will be using the lens for, 17.5 and 42.5 mm are very different focal lengths.
OK, thanks again Noa.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 05:20 PM   #34
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Re: Lens for Panasonic GH4.

I use the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 with OIS with our GH4.
its compact, light and the OIS is great when doing hand held.

It can be used fully manual but lacks focusing ring hard stops.

We have set picture profiles on the GH4 to shoot with Sony F3, EX3 and PMW350, all with IR filters and when all camera are correctly white balanced we get great matching pictures. Although the panasonic lens is a bit slow in comparison to the other cameras lenses, we usually tweek the luminance of the GH4 footage in post.

I have also used PL prime lenses, for certain static T/pod shots, which give fantastic image and bokeh, but shooting moving subjects at f1.9 with primes give you a very limited in-focus area. And they are bigger and heavier than the micro four thirds native lens. These are very difficult lenses to use hand held especially if your shooting video

I have also experimented with old 24m 50m 110mm canon FD (35mm) lenses which i have had since 1986 with MTF adapter, and get great results, but these do not have image stabilization.

Having used a variety of lenses, for the type of work we do, I prefer the panasonic lens.

Noa's mentions some other good lens options.

Check out Sol's web site below, for details on other GH4 lens option.

4 Reasons Zoom Lenses are Awesome for the Panasonic GH4

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Old June 7th, 2015, 04:36 AM   #35
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I use the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 with OIS with our GH4.
its compact, light and the OIS is great when doing hand held.
Would you use auto focus much with this lens Andy?

Thank you for all that info and the link was very informative, a great help.

Thanks.
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Old June 7th, 2015, 05:17 AM   #36
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Hi Anthony

I never use auto anything, I always shoot manual focus and manual exposure.

Although the camera does have a number of focus assisting buttons which I personally don't use, but what is a great help for me in the type of work I do is focus peaking. I use it every time.
The intensity of the edge peaking and colour can be customised in the menu to suit your shoot.

Check out Dave Dugdale's web site, he does a great tutorial on shooting video with the GH4, informative, to the point and will save you hours in menu surfing.

If you're shooting on t/pod, the sigma 12-35mm f1.9 without image stabilisation is worth considering.

Body only price emailed to you earlier


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Old June 7th, 2015, 06:24 AM   #37
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Hi Anthony

I never use auto anything, I always shoot manual focus and manual exposure.

Although the camera does have a number of focus assisting buttons which I personally don't use, but what is a great help for me in the type of work I do is focus peaking. I use it every time.
The intensity of the edge peaking and colour can be customised in the menu to suit your shoot.

Check out Dave Dugdale's web site, he does a great tutorial on shooting video with the GH4, informative, to the point and will save you hours in menu surfing.

If you're shooting on t/pod, the sigma 12-35mm f1.9 without image stabilisation is worth considering.

Body only price emailed to you earlier


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Thank you again Andy.
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Old June 9th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #38
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So, down to these two lens.

17.5mm 1.8 Olympus. Ian used this one in the link he provided in another post a few days ago.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 Lens - Black: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

and this one a few of you recommended.

LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8

Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH.: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo

I suppose you cant got wrong with these two :) ?

As you know, the zoom lens speed on the RX10 is very slow.
Those two lenses, would the zoom on them be as fast as a video camera?
I like to zoom in, adjust focus and them come out to frame the shot, it only takes a few seconds with my .pmw320.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:22 PM   #39
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Panasonic 42.5mm F1.7 (£303)
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and the other is the Olympus 17.5mm 1.8 (£359 . was £300 first time I looked)
These are the two lenses I use most often. You need to have both. This brings us back to my very first post here, a wide and a portrait lens that are fast enough f-stop to work in lower light are essential IMHO. Again, just my opinion, but f/2.8 is not fast enough and makes for a sterile image.

I suggested the 12mm f/2 instead of the 17mm f/1.8 because it allows you to get those wider landscape type views. I wish I had bought the 12mm first instead of the 17mm. The 17mm is a bit too standard of a view and kind of boring to me when shooting in 4K. The 42.5mm will give you the beautiful portrait and close up images you need. With a 12mm and 42.5mm you have everything you need and lack almost nothing.

The beauty of filming in 4K is that you can then crop in to get additional fields of view for your final 1080 output.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 06:23 PM   #40
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Old June 11th, 2015, 07:55 AM   #41
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Shooting on primes with a shallow depth of field is great if every shot is precomposed/staged. If you intend to shoot live events then having moving subjects constantly going in and out of focus and not being able to re-frame shots from one position with a zoom will be a huge bear with those other lenses. To maximize the things you can shoot the 12-35 can't be beat. You can get a shallow dof with it by separating foreground and background elements, zooming in/getting up close, etc. If you need a longer range, engage ETC. Have a manual prime for the lower f stop and manual focus barrel. Perhaps a Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4 for $100.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 07:57 AM   #42
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Also, autofocus and IS are invaluable for live event shooting. You can always turn those off, but you can't turn them on if they don't exist.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:28 PM   #43
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Re: Lens for Panasonic GH4.

Thank you Patrick for that advice, much appreciated.

Thinking ahead :)

What screw on filter would advise for this lens?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...ilpage_o00_s00

Its just I wouldn't want to get the lens scratched.

From reading these forums, I see a lot of don't bother with filters.

As usual, thanks in advance.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 07:46 PM   #44
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If you're shooting in a dusty/dirty/damp environment, or into the sun, a UV filter is what you're looking for. To minimize reflections in glass/water and to bring back richness in the sky, a polarizing filter is good. To maintain shallow depth of field while maintaining low f stop and 180 degree shutter in bright environments, get a variable ND. Those are the three main ones to get. A lot of people will jack their shutter sky high to maintain shallow dof, but it makes the image strobe-y. When you're shooting live events where every second counts, a lot of people don't fiddle with filters. It all comes down to what you're shooting. When you have plenty of time in a controlled environment then yeah, change lenses, change filters, etc.
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Old June 13th, 2015, 03:29 AM   #45
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Re: Lens for Panasonic GH4.

I shoot alot of weddings and currently use 3 lenses for the GH2

20 f1.7
14-42 3.5-5.6
nikon AI 50 1.8

12-35 is great in some ways, but I've been in plenty of venues where f1.7 is barely enough. 2.8 would be too slow for sure. I would say a fast prime <25mm is pretty critical.

I also think 35 @ 2.8 is too short and slow for a lot of beauty shots. Canon FD and Nikon AI lenses are cheap, especially the fast 50s.

To me the 12-35 is sort of good but not quite in a lot of ways. Still, I'd love to add it in if I could afford, I would just consider a faster wider lens and longer lens to be more important.
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