Panasonic GH5 “Has Me Thinking” says Hugh Brownstone

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I know the GH5 is gradually working its way out to people around the world (tho strangely the USA seems to be last) and our friend Hugh Brownstone from 3 Blind Men and an Elephant has published some very interesting thoughts.

I also know he's had his hands on a GH5 for the last week and is working on a series of posts about his experiences with the new darling of the independent filmmaking world (tho I'm also seeing lots of reports of problems with Metabones – more on that soon).

Did you get a GH5? If so, let me know what you think!

The Panasonic GH5 Has Me Thinking, Episode 1: High ISO Noise

Latest GH5 pricing & availability:
Here's a different way of thinking about high ISO noise: start by listening. And then look at a big budget Hollywood blockbuster really closely.

Gear used:
Sony a6300
Sony FE 28mm f/2.0
RØDE SmartLav+
Zoom H1

The GH5 Has Me Thinking, Episode 2: Lens Selection

My head hurts from so much thinking. Lens selection is NOT as obvious for the GH5 as you'd think.

Some of the lenses discussed in this video:
Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2:
Sigma 30mm f/1.4: Sigma 30mm f/1.4:
Leica DG 15mm f/1.7:
Olympus 75mm f/1.7:
Leica 12mm f/1.4:
Olympus 300mm f/4:
Leica 12-60/2.8-4:

Gear used in this review:

Panasonic GX85:
Sigma 30mm f/1.4:
Aputure 120t:
Aputure Light Dome:
Zoom H1:

The GH5 Has Me Thinking, Episode 3: Autofocus, Loose Ends – and What Happens Next

Well, it certainly took long enough. Big realization: I don't need “the best” autofocus – I just need “good enough for me,” and sometimes that includes fully manual. Thanks for your patience – looking forward to chatting with and learning from you in the comments section below. [MORE}

Some of the gear discussed in this video:

Panasonic GH5:
Panasonic G85:
Panasonic GX85:
Panasonic GX8:
Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4:
Panasonic Lumix Vario G X 12-35mm f/2.8 (original):
Sigma 30mm f/1.4: Sigma 30mm f/1.4:
Leica DG 15mm f/1.7:
Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm: f/2.8-4.0
Panasonic Lumix Vario G X 12-35mm f/2.8 (series II, for use with Dual I.S. 2):

Gear used in this review:

Sony a6300:
Sony FE 28mm f/2.0:
Blackmagic 4K Video Assist:
Lexar Professional 2000x 64G SDXC:
Aputure 120t:
Aputure Light Dome:
Sony ICD-SX2000:

(cover photo credit: snap from video)


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  1. Wow… I kept trying to get through the first one. Trying to have you get to your salient points.

    Then I tried the second — and saw the run time at 30 minutes. And the example seemed just as obscure as the ‘noisy’ film sample in the first… a painting of an old man.

    I would LOVE it if you could make your points, possibly give us time codes where you make them, and then we could consider them. I had to give up here.

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