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Jed Findlay
Buying a Panasonic AF-100 without much knowledge of lenses
on Sep 14, 2011 at 8:05:20 pm

I work in a University video unit and I have convinced the higher ups to let us buy a Panasonic AF-100. We have been using Sony EX-1and3's, so stepping into the Panasonic lens switching camera will be a big change. The camera is already around $5000 but I know I need to get some lenses too. Our unit does a variety of projects - news packages - ads for clients - documentary style pieces. We edit on FCP on a Mac.

I need advice on:

Where to buy... everything?
What lenses to look for.
Adapters for the lenses.
Shooting advice (lenses to always take - handheld lenses.
Workflow advice.

I know that is quite a bit for a single post - but we are just opening up this exciting realm of lens switching shooting!!

Any advice you can offer would be amazing.

Thanks!

Jed


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Richard Cardonna
Re: Buying a Panasonic AF-100 without much knowledge of lenses
on Sep 14, 2011 at 8:20:15 pm

B&H includes the vario lumix 14-140 zoom lens with the camera for $4795.00


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Jed Findlay
Re: Buying a Panasonic AF-100 without much knowledge of lenses
on Sep 14, 2011 at 8:22:23 pm

I was literally noticing that as your message popped up - thanks!! Would that be something equivalent to the EXlenses we have been using?

Jed


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Noah Kadner
Re: Buying a Panasonic AF-100 without much knowledge of lenses
on Sep 15, 2011 at 1:21:07 am

It's ok- but that camera truly shines with prime lenses if you want that glossy shallow depth of field lock. And the zooms are incredibly slow- especially if you're used to fixed lens cameras like the EX1/3- very tuned to low light work. This is a whole different animal. I definitely recommend some training for this cam. Lots of free stuff out there, here's an AF100 course I offer that's a bit more comprehensive:

http://www.callboxlive.com/collections/frontpage/products/af100-dvd

Noah

40% discount for Creative Cow users with code ccow2011 at Call Box Training.
Featuring the Panasonic GH2 and GoPro HD Hero.


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Jed Findlay
Re: Buying a Panasonic AF-100 without much knowledge of lenses
on Sep 15, 2011 at 2:27:43 pm

Noah,

So besides the free 14-140mm panasonic we would get, can you advise a few lenses to start with? I truly want to make use of the shallow DOF capabilities of these interchangeable lenses.

I have a ton to learn on using lenses - besides learning how to use the AF-100. Thanks for the link to the DVD.

Jed


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Brent Dunn
Re: Buying a Panasonic AF-100 without much knowledge of lenses
on Sep 15, 2011 at 3:08:33 pm

The stock lens isn't as good in low light.


Prime lenses.

24mm

50mm

100mm

Nikon or Canon L-Series lenses are great. You'll need an adapter to fit what brand of lenses you buy. My favorite lens is my canon L-series 24-70 and L-Series 70-200. This covers most ranges with an F-stop of 2.8

I have a prime 50mm with a 1.4. I also have a 50mm Macro at 1.2.

If you have the budget, Zeiss primes have a good reputation as good quality glass. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Brand_Zeiss&ci=274&N=4288584247+...

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Noah Kadner
Re: Buying a Panasonic AF-100 without much knowledge of lenses
on Sep 15, 2011 at 4:24:03 pm

Yeah I also like Nikon lenses as more of them have manual aperture controls that the modern Canon lenses lack. Either way- you'd need a lens adapter. I like the Novoflex adapters. Basically what I'm driving at is that of all the cameras to go and outfit blind, the AF100 would be one of the hardest. :)

Noah

40% discount for Creative Cow users with code ccow2011 at Call Box Training.
Featuring the Panasonic GH2 and GoPro HD Hero.


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Joe Barta IV
Re: Buying a Panasonic AF-100 without much knowledge of lenses
on Sep 20, 2011 at 6:15:26 pm

Check our Abel Cine for AF100 kits (camera, lenses and other things to get you started with the AF100)

http://www.abelcine.com/store/home.php?start=0&searchsubmitted=1&q=af100+ki...

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