Exilearts’ Panasonic GH2 Rig
So here I am going over and cleaning equipment, and have decided to share my thoughts about the components that make up my camera package. First off, let me say that this is not the first iteration of the package, not by any means. This is about the fourth iteration and it took some time and some minor inconvenience to get here. For now, I am satisfied with the overall functionality of the camera package. Although, I would change a few things – I will get to those things at another time.
First up, let me begin with the Panasonic Lumix GH2. I must say right off the bat and that in my opinion the Panasonic GH2 is the best bang for the buck buy out there for any kind of image acquisition. Of course, the Canon 5D MKII is an awesome camera and Canon glass is always superb. These things are given. Nevertheless, dollar for dollar, the GH2 will run circles around the 5D MKII with its superior “un-hacked” video quality and stereo audio capture.
However, the straw that breaks the MKII back is that with a hacked GH2, so many features are opened up to improve the quality even more. For instance… How does AVC-Intra sound at nearly seven times the bitrate as the MKII? Improved low light options such as 12800 ISO, the ability to use classic Canon FD lenses and with more and more companies jumping on the Micro Four Thirds format, even more high quality glass is to come from companies like Zeiss and Voightlander.
To be honest, this is not a contrast and compare article. Many other shooters and writers have already done that. This article is to let other independent filmmakers know, if they are looking into buying a new DSLR or video camera and are looking for high quality image acquisition that can rival even a Red Scarlet or Canon C300, the GH2 is definitely worth your consideration. Besides, with all the money you save, you will have enough to buy more lenses or even a few lighting kits for your kit rental. In the end, it really comes down to purchasing equipment that is going to allow you to get out there and shoot with confidence so that you can represent yourself and your talent professionally. I believe the GH2 will help you do that. Good luck out there!
Here are a few pics of the rig.
Notice the customized Cinevate Folow Focus Gear Ring for the "Pancake Lens"
SmallHD DP4 Awesome little monitor!
Sexy little GH2 and Berkey System rig!
Stay tuned, more equipment articles to come!