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    Exclamation A new forum section dedicated to video discussions

    Now that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 and the Olympus Pen E-P1 feature video modes, I'm sure there will be much discussion in the future concerning the complex world of video standards, format conversions. editing and shooting of video.

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    Re: A new forum section dedicated to video discussions

    Would it be limited to micro 4/3 or include all video cameras? No harm in trying it.
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    Re: A new forum section dedicated to video discussions

    Quote Originally Posted by bilzmale View Post
    Would it be limited to micro 4/3 or include all video cameras? No harm in trying it.
    I expect (although I have no privileged info) that video will be part of the future of Four Thirds, not just Micro Four Thirds.

    Anything that will be of use or interest to Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds users is welcome here

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    Re: A new forum section dedicated to video discussions

    I'm a photographer who's relatively new to video. I'm beginning to integrate this into my work and have done a few jobs shooting both photographs + video. Fortunately my partner (and nephew) is an experienced video cameraman and I'm getting a lot of help.
    We have been using a Canon 5DM2 since January & while the quality is undeniably terrific there are some operational problems. The GH1 will solve a few of those problems - e.g. full manual control, swivel screen etc. but seems to be creating a few of its own e.g. poor battery life, slow write times to card with long takes, microphone socket non-standard etc.
    I'm trying to learn fast, both shooting & editing. While my nephew is working with premiere I'm still using iMovie on my iMac.
    These are a couple of examples I've tried with the GH1 so far.

    The first is shot with the 14-140 lens, which I think is a remarkable piece of technology.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDElQEVkubo"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDElQEVkubo[/ame]

    The second one is a little more ambitious and has been shot with a summilux 25mm F/1.4 lens. (This has already been posted on another thread)

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPaS8EezZzc"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPaS8EezZzc[/ame]

    Comments would be most welcome.

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    Panasonic F100 camcorder

    I'm pre-ordering the Panasonic AF 100 HD video camera. Of course, it is utilizing the 4/3" format and I'll have to select one lens to start with. Various adapters will allow me to use slr lenses, Zeiss primes etc but I'm going to start with an affordable 4/3" capable lens.

    I shoot video mostly indoors under constant lighting (Arri 650's, softboxes etc) I'm just wondering if the lumix 14-140mm at f4.5 will be fast enough for video applications. Some shooting will be under available indoor lights.

    There are some gain settings with the AF 100 but generally, with video, I don't like to push electronically.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated before I order the lens.

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    Re: A new forum section dedicated to video discussions

    interesting to see footage shot with the 14-140. That may be the lens I'll purchase for the AF 100 video cam. If you're on a Mac, think about graduating to Final Cut Express or FCP Studio. FCP is awesome - you'll learn to be a good editor on that program.

    Welcome to video!

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    Re: Panasonic F100 camcorder

    If it's any help I was trying out video on a GH1 + 14-140 in Exter Catherdal last weekend. Available light - and had to put the ISO up to 1600 with 1/30th and max aperature to get decent esposure. Didn't have a tripod so all the footage has a severe case of wobblecam - It's not easy hand holding the GH1.

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    Lenses for video

    I actually found a list of 4/3 candidate lenses for my panasonic AF 100. There are some f2.8's that could work nicely I suppose.

    http://www.four-thirds.org/en/fourthirds/standard.html#i_014-054mm_f028-035ii_olympus

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    Re: A new forum section dedicated to video discussions

    Well, I purchased the Lumix 14-140 lens for my AF-100. A great lens for outdoor use but really is way too slow for shooting indoors under available light. Even when I light a set, it is still way too slow. I use my Nikon 35-70 f2.8 indoors mostly. My Lumix 20mm pancake is fast indoors as well.

    But with good light outdoors, it is awesome and the 14-140 has great range.

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    Re: A new forum section dedicated to video discussions

    Quote Originally Posted by okcpicker View Post
    Well, I purchased the Lumix 14-140 lens for my AF-100. A great lens for outdoor use but really is way too slow for shooting indoors under available light. Even when I light a set, it is still way too slow. I use my Nikon 35-70 f2.8 indoors mostly. My Lumix 20mm pancake is fast indoors as well.

    But with good light outdoors, it is awesome and the 14-140 has great range.
    At our sibling site e-group.uk.net we have a lens hire service featuring Olympus lenses - we have several AF101 users hiring Four Thirds Zuiko Digital super high grade lenses for use with their camcorders using Micro Four Thirds lens adapters. These are f/2.8 and f/2.0 lenses.

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