Originally Posted by BrianSiano3
That all sounds very good. The only thing I'd want to adjust during shooting would be focus, actually-- take advantage of that shallow depth-of-field if I can. All the rest, I'd generally want to establish before recording.
So far, it seems that the only minus on the GH2 is the lack of 30fps at full hi-def. If I continue to use my TM700 alongside of this, I can get around that limit if I need to (because the TM700 does full hi-def at 24, 30 and even 60 fps).
Sadly, the big price breaks at Adorama may have expired, so...
Brian, did you read what I wrote about the (any minute now) new GH2 update? Supposed to bring 30p to the table.
If you're near Ohio you can stop by and fiddle with my gh2 if you want. There are other negatives to the GH2:
No fast prime zooms. All I want is about 14-70 in F/2.8. Panasonic makes a 14-50mm F/2.8-F/3.5 lens which gets you about 14-22mm @ F/2.8. But it does flicker a bit at the widest end even if you set it to f/3.5 and zoom in and out. Plus the OIS is very noisy with that lens. It also "breathes" quite a bit; meaning if you focus on something and zoom in a tad closer or pull out it will come out of focus. Autofocus for pictures is slow, but the image is fantastic.
Olympus makes a 14-35 F/2, but it's $1700-$2300 and also has iris glitches while zooming. Plus it's heavy.
I did finally track down a Sigma 4/3rds 17-50mm F/2.8 (the entire range) and I'm using it now. It "breathes" as well, but does not have the IRIS flicker problem, but there is no OIS.
The 14-140 is only F/4-F/5.8 so it's very slow for any shallow DOF; you won't get much close up; only mid-telephoto range.
Here's the other problems with the GH2, and I've owned 3 of them:
There is a noticeable gamma shift on the LCD once you hit "record".
Skin tones are tough to get correct no matter what color profile you use.
There is no focus peaking like on higher end professional camcorders (like the AF100).
No "in body" image stabilization like the Olympus cameras have, so it's in lens only. It's ok, because the Oly cameras only shoot 1080 60i and not 108024p.
But, overall, nothing beats a GH2 for shallow DOF for the money. Nothing. The Canon's look amazing but have moire/aliasing/12 minute record limits etc.