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    GH2 for ambient dance & gym

    I hate single-on-camera-flash pictures - high contrast, dark background... but you can use room light as fill.

    Someone has to do it, and this Saturday I will be photographing dancing girls and gymnasts... mostly posed, but some moving or not very stable in a pose.

    I would like to avoid having to set up the H4D-60 and studio flash, and I have 4 big Metzes I might use (I have the SCA adapter for the GH2)... but I was hoping to get some nice "natural light" pictures with the GH2... the 20mm f1.7 arrives tomorrow, but it is a bit wide... but the pictures are only for my wife's Web site...

    Is the stabilization so good I do not need a tripod for the static shots?

    Colour accuracy is not very important, so what ISO is usable?

    Thinking of single-on-camera-flash for low fill, it seems that the GH2 will not work upside-down?

    How good is the sport mode?

    With the depth-of-field problem, for web work, will the GH2 produce better pictures than the H4D-60?

    I used the H3D11-50 in the gallery in the same hall with the Elinchromes for static poses, but, in the main hall, the Elinchromes might be more trouble than they would be worth - but I could just blast them all off the ceiling as additional fill?

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    Re: GH2 for ambient dance & gym

    Quote Originally Posted by dick View Post

    ... the 20mm f1.7 arrives tomorrow, but it is a bit wide... but the pictures are only for my wife's Web site...

    Is the stabilization so good I do not need a tripod for the static shots?

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    GH2 does not have in-body stabilization and the 20mm 1.7 lens does not have stabilization either.

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    Re: GH2 for ambient dance & gym

    Quote Originally Posted by curious80 View Post
    GH2 does not have in-body stabilization and the 20mm 1.7 lens does not have stabilization either.
    The 14-140 has stabilization, does it not? what about the 14-42?

    The 14-42 is a little wider at F3.5 instead of f4, but the 14-140 is a better lens at all focal lengths?

    The 20mm f1.7 would not need very fast shutter speeds to make camera shake tolerable, would it?

    I am going to a gym class this afternoon to try it out, but the 20mm still has not arrived.
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    Re: 20mm f/1.7

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    The 20mm f1.7 would not need very fast stutter speeds to make camera shake tolerable, would it?
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    Or shutter speeds ...
    No, seriously, also bear in mind that the 20mm is one of the few lenses that you can use at its maximum aperture with excellent results:





    Both with G1+20mm f/1.7 @ f/1.7

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    Re: 20mm f/1.7

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    Or shutter speeds ...
    No, seriously, also bear in mind that the 20mm is one of the few lenses that you can use at its maximum aperture with excellent results:





    Both with G1+20mm f/1.7 @ f/1.7
    Thanks - what shutter speed and ISO were you using?

    Does the colour look not too bad at ISO 1600 or what?

    (My 20mm f1.7 has just arrived - and I am out to use it on gymnasts soon.)

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    Re: GH2 for ambient dance & gym

    1/30th of a second or thereabouts at ISO 100. ISO 1600 on a G1 is a total waste of time; I don't go above ISO 200, that's why I'm looking to buy a G3.

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    Re: GH2 for ambient dance & gym

    Quote Originally Posted by m3photo View Post
    1/30th of a second or thereabouts at ISO 100. ISO 1600 on a G1 is a total waste of time; I don't go above ISO 200, that's why I'm looking to buy a G3.
    Thanks...

    Today I found that 1/500th was about OK for cart-wheeling gymnasts, and (without uploading to the computer) it seems that 400 or 800 or 1600 ISO is usable... but I need to look at them in PS.

    DOF is limited at f1.7, even with micro 4/3.

    It seems that 20mm f2.8 on 4/3 gives you about the same DOF as f11 on 120mm on 645 at 3 meters.

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