1. This is my first test on my brand new Panasonic GH2 night test with Olympus 14-35mm F2.0 lens. Note: I did not use a rig or stabiliser!
    In this test, I wanted to check the variety of shots I could get with just this one lens on the DSLR. This meant that filming was done very quickly. I shot it as a homage to Kurosawa's Rashomon. The whole thing was shot in about 40 minutes.

    Footage recorded at 66mbps with GOP3 in Lublin, Poland. I kept the ISO at about 800 for most shots and all shots are at F2.0 to maximise DOF.

    Positives: Great sensitivity in low light. All one lens.
    I would have have liked a brighter lens for some of the wides to get more DOF. This is the big downfall for a zoom lens, but it is pleasingly shallow in many of the shots. It shows that even with a £1,800 lens there are still compromises to be made. But it's heaps better than my old Z1.

    Negatives: What this does show is the value of some form of stabiliser for a DSLR - it really is incredibly small. So this has to be my next purchase. Imagine if it was mounted on a steadycam...

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  2. This is the black and white version.

    This is my first test on my brand new Panasonic GH2 night test with Olympus 14-35mm F2.0 lens. Note: I did not use a rig or stabiliser!

    In this test, I wanted to check the variety of shots I could get with just this one lens on the DSLR. This meant that filming was done very quickly. I shot it as a homage to Kurosawa's Rashomon. The whole thing was shot in about 40 minutes.

    Footage recorded at 66mbps with GOP3 in Lublin, Poland. I kept the ISO at about 800 for most shots and all shots are at F2.0 to maximise DOF.

    Positives: Great sensitivity in low light. All one lens.
    I would have have liked a brighter lens for some of the wides to get more DOF. This is the big downfall for a zoom lens, but it is pleasingly shallow in many of the shots. It shows that even with a £1,800 lens there are still compromises to be made. But it's heaps better than my old Z1.

    Negatives: What this does show is the value of some form of stabiliser for a DSLR - it really is incredibly small. So this has to be my next purchase. Imagine if it was mounted on a steadycam...

    # vimeo.com/33597498 Uploaded 209 Plays 0 Comments
  3. My full documentary GH2 rig explores my parents' garden. I did this as a test: what kind of stuff can I get with no tripod, an average day and 30 minutes to get it in.

    All shot on one lens at F2.0 with Senneheiser 416 mic to record ambient sound. A Juiced Link DT454 provides pre-amp, monitoring etc.. and passes stereo signal to camera allowing in-camera recording. Recording in camera has been hacked to pro-grade 48khz.

    I am using a shoulder rig, follow focus and cage all by this manufacturer called "Skier" that is distributed in UK by Nomad - so judge for yourself its suitability as a stabilising rig.

    The lens is a Olympus 14-35mm f2.0.

    I used a Kenko NDX variable ND filter to keep the iris open at 2.0 the whole time at 50fps.

    Feedback welcome :)

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  4. Here is a quick run-through of my Panasonic GH2 documentary DSLR set-up when it has been de-pimped out and wants to be lower profile.

    There follows some footage of a Polish demo that I did in extreme covert mode.

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  5. This is the set-up I am using for documentaries:
    Panasonic GH2 DLSR body
    Sennheiser 416 rifle mic
    Sennheiser EW100 radio mic
    Olympus 14-35mm f2.0 zoom
    NDX Variable ND (1-10 stops of light)
    Skier cage, shoulder rig and follow focus
    SmallHD 4" monitor
    XLR breakout box - Juiced Link

    Don't expect anything this demo to be in focus or steady. It's a lightning overview I did in a few minutes not a pro demo or anything!

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