Manual Lenses with the Panasonic GH-1 — Video Version

If you subscribe to our YouTube Channel, you have probably seen some of our videos we make with our Sanyo Xacti or Panasonic GH-1 with the 14-42mm kit lens.  Lately, we have been mixing it up a bit.  We have been trying out a Canon 50mm 1.8 FD lens to shoot some of our videos.  For instance, this video below was shot entirely with the Canon 50mm 1.8 and the Panasonic GH-1.

I really like the look it produces with the smooth background.  I find that I need to set a custom white balance every time I shoot, especially indoors.  Otherwise the picture will look a little too much yellow for my taste.  I don’t have this problem with the 14-42mm kit lens.  The whites from the kit lens look good whether I am shooting indoors or outdoors.  I may invest in a white balance card in the near future to streamline the setting of custom white balance.  Or maybe I will continue to use a white sheet of paper! 🙂

Also, the crop factor takes some getting used to. I am not used to being so far away from the action.  I have not been in a situation yet where it is unusable, it just takes some getting used to.  One way to remedy this is to pick up a speed booster for the Canon FD lens.  I actually own one of these for my Nikon F lenses.  I just don’t have one that worked with this Canon FD test.  I will be adding a few more posts in the future about using the speed booster with my Nikon Lenses.

Manual focus is a piece of cake for me so far.  My eyes are not what they used to be, but with a combination of using the viewfinder and the LCD, I can usually nail focus well.  I think this speaks to the features of the GH-1.  I would often miss focus on my Olympus and Panasonic cameras that had smaller LCDs and no viewfinders.

Please check out the video and let me know what you think.  This video had no color correction. In fact, it was edited in iMovie on my ancient Macbook, so it was just cuts, arrangement, and adding music. Just so you know, I try to use Adobe Premiere on other larger projects, but these short YouTube videos are just so easy to put together in iMovie.  Maybe I finally need to look at a Mac upgrade and Final Cut Pro X?  I don’t know, I think I will continue to stick with what works for us now.  I don’t want gear to get in the way of us making videos.

This weekend is senior picture weekend for me and my lovely daughter.  We will be doing the DIY route as usual.  What you ask? You can DIY your senior pictures.  Yes you can!  We even have a Kindle book that tells you how!


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