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Olympus E-M5 II Interview with Ray Acevedo
Last Saturday while I was at the Kenmore Camera Anniversary Sale I had a chance to talk to Ray Acevedo from Olympus Imaging about the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II micro-fourthirds camera. I like so much that I bought one. Flickr Set.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Arrival
Saturday was the Kenmore Camera Anniversary Sale. Olympus was on hand with the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. As turns out, they supplied Kenmore with some of the first cameras in the country. The official release date I was told was Feb. 27th. I bought one after putting it through it’s paces in the store. I took it home with me and opened the box and this is what I found. Flickr Set.
The Lumix 35-100mm F2.8 is Updated
Sorry for being away for so long. I had a very busy fall. A new important firmware update is available today from Panasonic. It address a problem that has had many owners unhappy. Some have returned the lens. I like my lens, but have noticed the micro-jitters people are complaining about. I even tested another lens at Kenmore Camera. The new firmware update for the Panasonic Lumix G X 35-100mm F2.8 O.I.S lens improves the stability of O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) in Motion Picture recording. An important update when using Panasonic DMC-GH3 and the 4K video recording DMC-GH4 mirrorless models. Details are at Panasonic support page. The … Continue reading
Silverdale Whaling Days Fireworks.
Here we go again. More fireworks shot with the Lumix GH4. This time the fireworks were shot in 4K and edited with Final Cut Pro X at 1080p Full HD. The lens used was the New Lumix 14-140mm at f5.6. The ISO was 1600 and the shutter speed was at 60th of a second. The sound was recorded with the built-in microphone in the camera. Editing was done FCPX we had no trouble dealing with the 4K video. Audio was offset a little because light arrives before sound at a distance. The image above is a frame grab from the 4K. … Continue reading
2014 Neighborhood Fireworks at 96fps
Over the Forth of July here in these United States there are lots of fireworks celebrating our Independence Day. I decided to take the Lumix GH4 out and shoot some of our local fireworks at 96 frames a second. One of the nice new features of the GH4 is the ability to shoot slow motion in the camera. That way when I play it back it plays in slow motion. I set the iso of the camera at 1600. I used the new Lumix 14-140mm lens. I am real happy with the results. I hope you enjoy them.
GH4 Firmware Update
Panasonic has released a firmware update for the GH4. The improvement is: 1. Improved the reliability of video recording performance. It was issued today, 2014/07/01. Also the lustrous Leica G 42.5mm f1.2 Nocticron got an update as well. The lens is know as to Panasonic as the H-NS043. The improvements are: 1. Improved the motion picture quality under high sensitivity in use with GH4. For those of you who have a Lumix GM1 there is an update as well. The improvements are: 1. Connection problem with Apple iOS devices via Wi-Fi is fixed. The update can be found here: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index.html
The GH4 Users Report Part 1
The Lumix GH4 has become a very popular camera. Most of this is because of the 4K video feature at a reasonable price point. Some other bloggers are discovering the joys of using these 21st Century cameras that I have already known. Here in Part 1 of my user review I will explain some of the reasons why I like this camera. Even though they are very similar in many ways, the Lumix GH4 is a major improvement over the Lumix GH3. As regular readers of this blog will know I am a great fan of the GH3. For Panasonic … Continue reading
The GH4 does a Parade
Here is the 2014 Sequim 119th Irrigation Festival Parade in all it’s glory shot in AVCHD 1080/60p. With the limitations of YouTube the video was reduced to 480p at 30 frames a second. YouTube does not do 60p. I reduced the video to 480p because the parade video is 105 minutes to keep the file size down. The lens used is the New Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.6 O.I.S. Doing long form video on the Panasonic Lumix GH4 is wonderful. Number one: Unlimited Recording. There is no limitation on how long you can record, unlike most other HDSLR’s. The bigger the SD … Continue reading
GH4 4K Fireworks
Took the new GH4 to the 119th Sequim Irrigation Festival Fireworks. I thought it would be good to use the Cinema 24p at 4K on the camera. That’s right, the camera records at 24 frames per second just like a film motion picture camera. None of this 24.976 stuff to NTSC. Just set the camera to 24.00Hz (CINEMA) in the Setup menu under System Frequency and the camera will only record 24p. Now we really have a motion picture camera. This is the first 4K test with the new camera that I am publishing. I recorded the footage at 100mbps … Continue reading
Slow Down GH4
For my first test of the new Panasonic DMC-GH4 I decide to see how the variable frame rate works. Answer: It works real well. I am very pleased with the slow and fast motion. The way they have set it up is very straight forward as you will see. To have these capabilities in a camera so small and reasonable in cost is amazing. Just a few years ago it cost thousands more. Panasonic has really given us a lot to work with. Looking forward to actually use this feature on a paying shoot. I feel my clients will be … Continue reading
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