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Moved from Canon 5DMkII to GH2

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by oldsweng, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. oldsweng

    oldsweng Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 21, 2011
    Oregon
    About a month ago I started replacing all my Canon bodies and lenses with u4/3. I already owned an EP-1 and had the Olympus E-M5 on order. My Canon gear was selling fast and the bodies went first so I was left with just the EP-1. A couple weeks ago B&H had the GH2 body only for $599 for a few hours and I was getting tired of waiting for the E-M5 so I ordered the GH2 figuring it would make a good second shooter. I am so happy with the GH2 I canceled my E-M5 order. Frankly, the GH2 is easier to configure and has more features than the Canon 5DMkII I sold. I shoot a lot of HDR and being able to do 7 exposures with 1EV between exposures is terrific. The 5DMkII only let me do 3 exposures with a maximum of 2EV between exposures. The image quality is not the same but most of the people viewing my photos wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The images from the GH2 even fooled some experience photographers. I am so happy having all my gear in one shoulder bag instead of three bags, including a rolling case. It has allowed me to get out and shoot more than I used to.
     
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  2. Sawfish

    Sawfish Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 11, 2011
    Denmark
    Welcome. Looking forward to see some of your pictures.

    Sf
     
  3. Old Picker

    Old Picker Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 19, 2012
    Cwmbran Wales UK
    Well that makes me a happy camper today!
    OP
     
  4. ckrueger

    ckrueger Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 16, 2011
    I did the same thing. I won't deny my 5D2 has better IQ, but it's WAY too small a difference to justify carrying. I used to carry a 5D, 17-40, 24-70, and 100-400 around most days out. Add a 100/2.8, MT-24EX, and tubes onto that if I wanted to do macro. It took my ThinkTank UD40 bag to even handle that kit, and the bag alone was almost 3lbs. Carrying an 14lbs bag on my shoulder was not worth the IQ. And don't even get me started about the 300/2.8! :)

    These days I can actually pack a comparable M43 kit into a winter coat. Perhaps I should break out the old photo vest this summer to complete the retro photog look.

    I've still got my 5D2, but it has been relegated to chasing my daughter around the house with my 24-70 and 580EX. I'm still waiting on that M43 14-35/1.4. ;)
     
  5. oldsweng

    oldsweng Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 21, 2011
    Oregon
    Here an image from today. It's been edited with LR and OnOne plugins, including some softening.

    St_Johns_Bridge1000.
     
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  6. Sawfish

    Sawfish Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 11, 2011
    Denmark
  7. JohnHC

    JohnHC New to Mu-43

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    Apr 25, 2012
    I am holding onto my 5dm2 and d700 for now. I have taken the G2 and recently the G3 by themselves on several trips and the convenience is nice (I have the 7-14 and 14-140). But I like to shoot wide and the distortion on the micro 4/3 lenses are terrible and the battery life and the shutter lag is not that great either. In low light the micro 4/3 are catching up but they need some faster and more choice of lenses (I am using the Oly 17 and 45) In great light the difference is negligible but its no substitute especially if you are using a tripod or you want minimal depth of field. I just recently got the G3 and the bigger sensor is great but I like the controls on the G2 better. I think I should have gotten the GH2 instead.
     
  8. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    I can imagine you say that for the 14-140. How do you think about the 7-14? Personally I can see distortion, barrel/moustache at 7mm and cushion on 14mm and next to nothing on ~10mm, but altogether I think it's not that bad. When needed I correct distortion with a very old PTLens plugin in Photoshop.
     
  9. JohnHC

    JohnHC New to Mu-43

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    Apr 25, 2012
    Actually I can live with the distortion on the 7-14, I was surprised by the amount of distortion on the Oly 17 and the 14-140. That said I probably should start using the available lens correction plugins that are available.
     
  10. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    The 17 I can understand. But the 14-140 has less distortion than any of the other superzooms I've used. The 14-45 is quite a bit better at 14mm though.

    Of course this presupposes you're using a supported RAW converter that applies the corrections specified in the m4/3 standard.

    DH
     
  11. ckrueger

    ckrueger Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 16, 2011
    John, I highly recommend making use of distortion-corrected RAWs. I don't know what processor you use, but Lightroom does it automatically, and I know some others do too.

    The distortion on some M43 lenses is pretty offensive if left untouched, but the good news is that the automatic correction does a really good job straightening things out.

    For overall output my Oly (micro) 9-18 measures up very well against my old Canon 17-40, Tokina 12-24, and Olympus 21/3.5. Distortion and sharpness are very similar, and the 9-18's wide aperture corners are much better than any of the full frame lenses.

    I put my money where my mouth is some time ago for UWA--my 9-18 is my only UWA lens now. It was a bitter pill to swallow to "downgrade" from UWA on my 5D2 to my M43 cameras. The 5D2 was a camera born for landscapes if there ever was one. But I can still get good 24x36's with my M43 kit. I don't print larger than that, so anything beyond that is pixel peeping for me.

    But yeah, you gotta kill that distortion. Straight OOTC you might confuse some of the lenses for a fisheye crop!