We got our GH2 today and had 20 minutes time to spend (for video and stilkls :-):
Video looks very good.
Please share your GH2 experience.
Looks really good. I like the feather detail I wonder if it would do as well in a darker setting?
tis t' season...GH2...COOKE SPEED PANCHRO SER III 25mm @ t/2.8±... Raw Developer. optimized for "Fire Fox"
must post video s00n ... AVCHD 60i shows potential.
One nice little add on the GH2 is the thumbwheel. This allows one to zoom or magnify by pressing the thumbwheel when using legacy lenses. This hardware feature was present on the GF1 but not on the GH1 (no thumbwheel).
Little things make me happy......
We are getting to like the GH2 (all images below are ISO 1600)
Looking very good Uwe. I'm more interested in stills vs video but still video does interest me a bit since I've had a taste with the GF1. I think there might be sufficient improvement to possibly upgrade from my G1 later this year.
Diane, you mean in the next 11 days?
Wow, beautiful serie Uwe! Nice diversity for first impressions. One of the kitlenses?
Looking good so far on the GH2....Panasonic seems to have done a good job pver the past two years refining the cameras.
I'm sitting here, waiting for the post office to open, so I can have fun also - my GH2 came in yesterday. What I have seen so far is overall very encouraging. For me it's the sum of the little things that justified the upgrade, like the one-button MF Assist, wheel on the back, faster AF, even better EVF. I read mixed things about the low light performance improvements compared to the GH1, so this is what I am most interested to try out. It's almost like Christmas
Handheld three shot HDR with 20mm f/1.7 (minor blended)
Uwe (and anyone else)... care to comment on how the files look (stills) at low ISO compared to, say, a 5Dii? I'm thinking about replacing one of my canon cameras with one of these, but I'm still not seeing any stills samples at 100% that tell me anything (mostly due to the lack of samples, not due to the lack of quality of the cam).
Anyone tried any low-iso long-exposures (say 30 seconds or so... longer if possible)?
During the short time I shot with the GH2 (actually side-by-side with my GH1), I felt that the GH2's AF is definitely more precise and faster, and consequently I ended up with more keepers of stills with the GH2. The sensor of the GH2 is capable to capture more details probably due to its denser pixel density and the new sensor technology. The ISO performance is better but is only slightly better to my eyes, definitely not 2-3 stops better. If you think you can compare the ISO performance of the GH2 to DSLR, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. The Panasonic sensor is not there YET.
I cannot really notice too much difference in video quality when comparing similar footage with my GH2 and hacked GH1. However, it is really nice to see the audio monitor bar on the GH2 LCD when I use an external mike. Personally, I think it is a good upgrade for ME.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Season's Greetings combined with my first outing with the GH2. And among a felt 12,000 people, I was the only one with a monopod... Pics from Honolulu Christmas lights. GH2 + Angenieux 25/0.95 at 1.3 or 2.0. Lens is a bit too unsharp at 0.95, but starts to produce nice pictures at 1.3. Some processing in LR, mostly contrast.
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Received my GH2 yesterday thanks to Robert (monza). Very pleased with it so far. My dad turned 71 yesterday:
ISO 1600, 45mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, LR3
Thanks, Uwe. I was very pleased to see that banding is a non-issue (at least for still photography) with the GH2. Here's an ISO 3200 shot where the OOF couch would have shown obvious banding with my GH1:
Another one at ISO 3200:
Both of those were processed in LR3 with '0' luminance NR, default color NR, and default sharpening.
Hi Amin, I'm also finding some astonishing improvements with my GH2, over my GH1. I can get some decent looking results at ISO12800 in decent light, but in low light, it seems best suited for B&W conversions. I really like the new grain structure though(tight). Both of these are ISO 12800.
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Clay, very nice - you've inspired me to try my hand at ISO 12,800. Willbe back soon...
Okay, just as a test, I took two snaps of my wife sitting in front of a small TV in an otherwise totally dark room. Both were at f/0.95 and ISO 12,800. The first was 1/25s and second 1/15s, so there's probably some handshake going on. Converted in LR3 with default NR/sharpening.
[Images removed per spouse request]
There's a touch of banding here, but at ISO 12,800 and underexposed, I'm not mad about it.
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Well, Amin, the first one looks pretty good. I think if you get a little light on the subject, it can be useable. The grain, when converted to B&W, sort of reminds me of the GRD, which I kind of liked at ISO 400.
Actually from what I saw a bit everywhere, I wasn't very pleased with the IQ. As more pictures coming like yours, I am getting reassured of what this camera is able to produce.
So thank for your pictures, keep sending pls.
The results look pretty appealing so far.
Could anyone comment on the EVF (compared to the EP2 EVF)? Better, equal, less good?
One of the last shots in 2010 (GH2 + 14-140)
Happy New Year Everyone !
I was browsing thru the GH2 pics on this thread. The ISO 1600 and above shot looks to have very pleasing film-like grain. Anybody care to comment ?
GH2 + 14-140mm
Uwe....a nice series of photos. I particularly like this one:
I find that this is one of my more underutilized lenses. Is one of your deciding factors the economy of having a single lens covering a fairly wide focal length range for stills or the fact that you can interlace video and stills (and cover both bases)?
Just curious as to your thoughts on that lens with the GH2.
>Just curious as to your thoughts on that lens with the GH2.
In the past I did not use too slow lenses. But having usable higher ISO and small camera made me re-think.
Good daylight street lens and also essential for video.
Nice shots Ryan and Amin.....
Louis.....those last two shots of yours are pretty amazing.....crisp, saturated, nice corner to corner sharpness......very nice little lens. I wish Panasonic would make a few more primes like this one.
Those look really good biglouis! You're making the GH2 seem very tempting. I really liked the G1 body, which I have heard have the same image quality as GF1, but wasn't at all happy with the JPG quality (especially white balance which could be way off when I least expected it). Do you think JPGs from GH2 are noticably better (if you have tried it)?
I'm more and more impressed with what I'm seeing from the GH2. Its on my list right now for upgrade but I'm not in a hurry so can wait to see if there's anythng else coming down the pike but I believe I would be happy with th GH2.
There are some great photos in this thread. The color, esp. is phenomenal!
I'd like to replace my Canon 30D and lenses with something (much) smaller for when I just have to have an SLR-type camera (I mostly use, and enjoy, my M8 and DLUX4 for digital). I have a used Leica V-LUX 1 on the way from the B&S forum here, in order to try a superzoom as an DSLR replacement, though I know the ultimate quality will suffer. I'm also sort-of considering the Sony A33/55, or one of the m43 offerings. I must admit I haven't been a m43 believer, but these photos are starting to change my mind.
One question I have for those who are familiar with the format and the offerings: why aren't there more constant-aperture zoom lenses available for the format, say f/2.8? Seems the sensor size is small enough to allow a reasonably small zoom with such a design, at least given a reasonable zoom range (at least compared to my giant 17-55mm Canon EF-S). In my looking around, I seem to see pretty slow zooms. Is it a size thing, where the makers want to keep everything small?
Maybe I've missed something when looking around (?). Educate me.