Taking the Lumix GH cameras to the next level Panasonic have opened up the camera with the ability to use a lanc remote to control one of two power zooms.
In the custom menu 7/9 you will find the POWER ZOOM LENS button which takes you to menu A where you can choose various zoom modes including zoom speed (menu B) the choice between Photo and Video is interesting but choosing Video (menu C) allows you to choose High, Medium and Low speeds but remember whatever you choose you still get a level of control over your zoom it is only limited by the top speed i.e. H,M,L.
I had the Manfrotto MVR 901-ECPL for my Panasonic PX270 and works a treat with the GH4, you get variable speed up to the limit you set and REC on and off.
Once again I can’t stress the need for a good set of tripod legs and capable head like the Manfrotto 505 HD.
As you can see the lens is very small and is an internal focus so the front element does not move. Here are two shots taken with the Lumix 45-175 f4-5.6
It’s a major bonus to have a servo zoom facility on a camera like the GH4 the only restriction being the maximum aperture set at f4 and the 4x zoom ratio, this does not compare with my PX270 at f1.6-3.2 with a huge 22x servo zoom.
Maybe this will promote Fujinon to produce a micro 4/3 power zoom 14x lens starting a f1.6 !
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