VARY-i for the GH4 (278 euros)

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VARY-i

Love this kit from VARY-i its a self contained loupe for the GH4 and works a treat.

Me with VI

You can purchase VARY-i from www.vary-i.com for 278 euros.

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GH4 Crew is no longer updated frequently

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Due to work commitments I can no longer update GH4 Crew regularly, please refrain from posting questions as I won’t be able to reply to them. As you can see I still use the GH4 but the YAGH has been sold onto a good friend of mine.

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Panasonic GH4 deals with Production Gear (Ends 31st March 2015)

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GH4 Firmware v2 is now avaliable

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You can get the link to the new FW by clicking on the “firmware” tab above.

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Panasonic GH4 Best Product 2014

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Now why does this not surprise me, having 2 GH4’s I know only too well how good these cameras are for both video and photographic work.

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The “Bits I left out” the GH4 User Review

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Video reviews can not only take a while to produce but editorially you can’t include everything, my reasons for leaving some information out like future features and flaws are this blog and making the review watchable.

I decided this time to let you see a variety of shots and situations and leave the nitty gritty to a blog post.

Flaws

Strangely the YAGH stops the LCD from swivelling and can cause your tripod locking mechanism problems though Manfrotto do give you the ability to overcome this with a locking nut you can adjust.

The sound monitor output is set to REC SOUND only when a micro HDMI or the YAGH is attached causing a small delay in the sound, this may be fixable in a future firmware upgrade. (This was explained in the video).

The rolling shutter is worse in 4K mode, this does not surprise me as the chip is at its outer limits of its own technology in order to deliver an internal 4K recordable image.

The GH4 is noisier in higher gain than my previous Canon C300, once again in my opinion you are asking a lot of the technology to record fantastic pictures at 4K without something suffering. I do realise the Sony A7s with its full frame sensor does exceed low light expectations but is flawed like the C500 by not recording 4K internally.

The micro 4/3 sensor is by its nature not as good as a full frame sensor for shallow depth of field but the inclusion of the 42.5mm f1.2 Leica lens is hard to beat.

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Future features

As a video tool it would help if you could disable the back thumb wheel or have the ability to lock the shutter, the GH4 like it’s sister the GH3 is all buttons and wheels with your thumb hitting most of them at the least appropriate time.

I would like a smoother more responsive aperture, adjusting the exposure during a live production is a nightmare. Unlike a professional video lens the GH4 uses photographic lenses that are made for photography rather than video so racking up or down the aperture is very noticeable.

I would prefer some indication from the back of the camera that I was in record mode, how easy would it have been to add a front and back tally light to the YAGH.

A definite feature for the 10bit GH5″ must be a second SD card slot this would be very useful and the exclusion of the tiresome 30 minute record restriction.

With 2 SD card slots you could also copy your cameras picture profile allowing you to use it on a second “GH5″ saving a ton of set up time while using 2 cameras.

A major pain is the cameras lack of information during record mode, please stop the LCD information from timing out after 19 seconds in a firmware update.

Like all DSLRs the GH4 being no exception the lack of ND filters is a major pain during a sunny day especially as you want to keep your shutter to 1/50th of a second. Panasonic could take note by adding a slot behind the lens as was used in the 16mm Eclair during the 1980s.

HDW : These were scripted and recorded but not used as I decided it would extend the video beyond 20m and would make the back end rather boring.

 

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Panasonic GH4 User Review (18m)

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The opening sequence was filmed with a 7-14mm f4 Lumix lens at the 14mm end making sure all the action is in silhouette. This has taken an age to film and edit and I only concentrate on the video capabilities of the camera.

98% of all footage was shot with 1-2 GH4′s and the odd cutaway shot with the GH3. Although the camera is more than capable viewfinder wise, sunny daylight shots are certainly improved with the use of a loupe, something I was not in favour of before I saw the “light”.

On the whole we used a Cambo loupe which was a pre production model that needs some tweaking to fit the LCD screen.

It’s finally here the Panasonic GH4 User Review…enjoy

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Feature request for GH4

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Feature

1. The thumbwheel at the back of the GH4 controls the speed in manual mode, I would like Panasonic to update the Firmware (FW) to allow me to lock this at 1/50th preventing me moving this to another speed accidentally as has happened.

2. Could we also have the ability to switch on the LCD display rather than the present mode where it switches off at about seven minutes.

3. Can we also have the ability to buy an upgrade FW package that gets rid of the 30m record time.

4. A menu mode to allow us to view 4K as 1080 via the SDI connectors the same as you offer with the HDMI output.

5. Can you make sure that the GH5 has 2 SDXC slots please.

 

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Data speed not fast enough at 200Mbps on Transend SDXC Class 10 speed 3 cards ?

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While shooting at the weekend with my 2 GH4’s I got an error message twice (same camera) using Transend SDXC Class 10 speed 3 cards telling me that “RECORDING HAS STOPPED  DUE TO THE REC SPEED NOT KEEPING UP” this was filming at 1920 x 1080 50p at 200 Mbps.

This only happened twice out of about 100 shots so my question is why and is it a bug, or a faulty card.

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My new Lumix 7-14mm f4 lens

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This completes my full range of lenses for my GH4 User Review, the 7-14mm f4 WA Zoom is a cracking wide angle zoom lens, a must for landscape and interiors.

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I decided in a fit of madness to drive the 370 miles down to Norwich to the WEX showroom and buy the final lens in my GH4 collection.

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The 7-14mm is indeed the superstar of wide angle zoom’s in 35mm terms it’s 14-28mm and at f4 constant aperture. WEX have a very impressive Lumix display apart from the lack of GH4s on display…hard to come by.

Me-2-GH4s

I have started my GH4 User review filming shots with one GH4 and producing PTC with my other GH4 at 1080 50p 200Mbps All Intra and it looks stunning…way beyond my 720 50p 50Mbps Canon C300.

GH4-YAGH

One interesting fact I learned by mistake is that the GH4 with an internal L-Ion battery acts as a silent cutaway camera, in other words the camera functions as a video/photographic camera even with the YAGH attached but in video mode with no sound.

You need to power up the YAGH via the 4 pin power XLR to get all the sound functions.

At-14mm At-7mm

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