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clyde villegas
Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 10, 2011 at 10:08:07 am

When shooting video, can you get sharp focus by looking through the GH2's electronic viewfinder?

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Jason Jenkins
Re: Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 10, 2011 at 6:11:09 pm

[clyde villegas] "When shooting video, can you get sharp focus by looking through the GH2's electronic viewfinder?"

Yes, you can... but I've had my GH2 for about a month and I have yet to use the viewfinder because the articulating LCD screen is so nice.

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clyde villegas
Re: Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:43:28 pm

Is there a focus assist on the articulating LCD where you can enlarge the image to get critical focus? We're using that feature on our Sony FX1000 and never bothered to buy a high definition monitor because the built in LCD is already working for us.

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Jason Jenkins
Re: Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 11, 2011 at 1:06:23 am

[clyde villegas] "Is there a focus assist on the articulating LCD where you can enlarge the image to get critical focus?"

Yes. You can tap the touchscreen to zoom in and drag your finger to pan around the image, or there are other buttons to accomplish the same thing.

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Flowmotion Media
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clyde villegas
Re: Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 11, 2011 at 1:58:15 am

Now, I'm having 2nd thoughts of buying Canon 60D. I think the GH2 is better. The only problem is the GH2 is not available here in Panasonic Philippines.

Can the GH2 inexpensively make a similar bokeh to a Canon 60D with 50mm 1.4 lens (regular 1:1 lens)? The 60D has bigger sensor so I'm thinking it would blur my backgrounds better.

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Jason Jenkins
Re: Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 11, 2011 at 5:29:40 pm

[clyde villegas] "Can the GH2 inexpensively make a similar bokeh to a Canon 60D with 50mm 1.4 lens (regular 1:1 lens)? The 60D has bigger sensor so I'm thinking it would blur my backgrounds better."

I've used my Nikon 50mm f1.4 with my GH2 (among other lenses) and I'm very happy with the results. The GH2 does not have a full frame sensor, so the 50mm ends up with a field of view similar to that of a 100mm lens.

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clyde villegas
Re: Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 12, 2011 at 12:32:03 pm

What can you say about the bokeh, are the similar?

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Jason Jenkins
Re: Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 13, 2011 at 6:28:16 pm

Here's a few pics I took over the Christmas holiday. Panasonic GH2 with Voightlander Nikon adapter w/Nikon 35mm f2 lens. Available light only.





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clyde villegas
Re: Panasonic GH2: focusing through the viewfinder
on Jan 13, 2011 at 11:34:12 pm

They're beautiful.

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