Photography and video with mirrorless mft and Fullframe Panasonic cameras

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Why the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 full format replaces the Panasonic GH5 and the mft system.

What happened? Why does the excellent Panasonic GH5 have to go and the Panasonic DC-S1 full-frame camera comes for the video area in my photo bag? Well, this has very special reasons, which has exclusively to do with my camera - field of application nature photography.

Of course, the more modern full-frame camera Panasonic DC-S1 also has technical advantages in other areas, full format, 24.2 MB sensor, V-LOG 4:2:2 10bit internal recording, lowlight range up to -6.5 aperture levels, switchable to APS-C format in the video area, autofocus with animal and eye recognition and much more.


But the main reason for my decision was that the mft system with the 20 MB sensor clearly showed me its limits when shooting in the July midday heat. During the monitoring of the Griffon Vultures in Paphos Forest, photo and video recordings with a very long distance to the subject were required. While the full-frame camera Panasonic DC-S1R delivered very good results in both the photo and 4K video range, the shots of the mft camera DG-GH5 were very blurry and spongy. Focusing in AFS and AFC mode was also almost impossible, in manual mode focusing was also severely restricted. I think this is due to the double crop of the mft system, the prolem became particularly visible in the midday heat at 35°C and strong heat-related air flicker.

On the GH5 the Panasonic Top Lens Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3 was mounted, for photo and video I only used the AFS focus, on the Pana DC-S1R the Sigma converter Mc21 with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary was in use, also with AFS focus. The difference in the results delivered is serious, so I have replaced the complete mft system with full format.

Since December 2019 I have the full-frame camera Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with 47 MB sensor, IBIS, L-mount bayonet in use for the photo area, which provides me with excellent full-format RAW recordings. I was surprised that the Pana DC-S1R with its high-resolution 47 MB sensor also delivered better results in all video recordings than the GH5 with the Sigma MC21 converter and the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary. The video quality of this combination was also very good in the shots with 1.6-fold crop connected to the camera.

Therefore now also in the video area the full-format system with the Panasonic DC-S1, which I have additionally retrofitted with the V-Log Update to save 4K video in 4.2.2. 10 bit recording format directly in the camera. The 24.2 MB sensor integrated in the Pana DC-S1 is equipped with special lenses on the sensor, which provide excellent and particularly low-noise shots in the LowLight range in the photo and video area. A great all-rounder.

For the Panasonic full-frame cameras I use the L-mount lens Lumix S 24-105 f/4 OIS, the Sigma L-mount 70mm f2.8 Macro, the Sigma L-Mount 24mm f:1.4 DG HSM and the Sigma Adapter MC 21 L-Mount in my photo bag. On the Sigma MC 21 adapter I can attach all EF+EFS mount lenses, at the moment the Sigma EF mount 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary.

The next lens with L-mount is the new Sigma 100-400mm f5-6,3 DG DN OS Contemporary L-Mount in the inlet, I will bring a report here in the blog.


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New year, new equipment - Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Fullframe replaces Canon

Panasonic will replace my Canon Equipment at the turn of the year.


Unfortunately, the first mirrorless full-frame camera from Canon EOS R has never delivered the one I had learned since it was purchased in October 2018. Neither in the severely restricted video area nor in the photo area could the EOS R provide the performance of the previously used EOS 5D Mark IV.

In the meantime, Canon has already announced a successor model for the EOS R (after 1 year) instead of upgrading the camera in terms of performance. If you don't want to miss the technical advances that other camera manufacturers have been offering for a long time, a further investment is definitely imminent.


But now in the DSLR - DSLM area you no longer depend on Canon and so I sold my complete Canon equipment and made a system change, towards Panasonic.

 

For 2 years I have been using the high quality Panasonic GH5 (mft) for my video work to my highest satisfaction. So I was informed about the new Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with 47 MB sensor, IBIS, full format camera with L-mount bayonet and tested the camera. On the basis of my tests, also regarding camera handling, the Pana S1R then bought to cover the photo area.

Until now, I have also used my Canon lenses at the GH5 for the video area, which I connected via a Metabones Ultra adapter. Now I use the native Panasonic lenses on the Lumix GH5 to take full advantage of all the technical possibilities of the camera lens connections. This is also about the fantastic cooperation of the internal 5-axis mounted image sensor - stabilizer with the stabilizers of the lenses. The Leica DG 100-400mm (KB = 200-800mm) f/4-6.3 OIS and Leica DG 12-60mm (KB 24-120mm) f/2.8-4 OIS have now been added for video use.

For the full format camera DC-S1R is the new L-mount lens Lumix S 24-105 f/4 OIS and the Sigma adapter MC 21 L-mount in my photo bag. All Canon EF-Mount external lenses can be connected to the Sigma MC 21 adapter. So I use the Sigma EF-Mount 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary for bird photography.

Further Sigma lenses of the ART series are already offered with L-mount and promise best recording quality. I will report on this on occasion.

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