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Correct Tripod Mount Alignment with GH3 / GH4 Battery Grip
April 17, 2014


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The Panasonic GH3 camera pretty much runs me all day on a single battery. In fact we covered several products at NAB 2014 without ever having to swap out a battery during the conference. Still if you think you need to use the Panasonic GH3 battery grip for extra battery life, you’ll quickly find that [...]

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Kamerar QV-1 M LCD View Finder for Mirrorless Systems
March 13, 2014


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For mirrorless shooters the built in EVF works wonders for photography. Still many will prefer to work with the rear LCD display and an LCD View Finder Loupe for video work. The problems is trying to find one that fits since typical mirrorless bodies are so compact. The new Kamerar QV-1 ‘M’ is a spin [...]

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Mounting 15mm Rails w/ Baseplate on Fhugen GH3 Cage
January 14, 2014


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If you’re shooting video with the Panasonic GH3, I highly advise you take a look at the Fhugen GH3 Video Cage. It’s compact enough that you can leave your camera in there the entire time, and will give you more mounting points for adding on those necessary accessories. One question that comes up often is [...]

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Mitakon Lens Turbo Focal Reducer MFT M43 Micro Four Thirds Adapter Review Samples
December 14, 2013


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Here’s a side by side video test showing samples from a Panasonic GH3 with and without the new Lens Turbo Focal Reducer. We used a newer Rokinon 85mm T/1.5 Cine Lens [Nikon Mount] + and old Nikon 50mm Pancake. With the Lens Turbo adapter we were able to achieve a wider field of view and [...]

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Mitakon Lens Turbo Nikon to MFT M43 Micro Four Thirds Adapter
December 12, 2013


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I’ve had this Mitakon Lens Turbo MFT Adapter for a almost a week and I am just getting ready to publish a video showing some examples from this. Recently I noticed an increase of questions and the amount ‘buzz’ picking up around the Internet, so I wanted to quickly provide some additional important information. THIS [...]

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First Impression – CAME 5000 3-Axis Brushless Motor Gimbal Video Stabilizer
December 11, 2013


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I’m sure everyone is aware of 3-Axis Gimbal Video Camera Stabilizers surfacing on the Internet. Some people think this is going to be the future of hand held stabilization in cinema. There are literally dozens of versions available today, and here’s one of the inexpensive versions that was sent over to me – the CAME [...]

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Aftermarket Panasonic GH3 Battery Grips
September 19, 2013


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OEM Panasonic Battery Grip will run you $199 dollars (as seen here). The good news is now there are aftermarket battery grips available for the Panasonic GH3 camera starting around $65 bucks. The bad news is that they still have the tripod mount located offset from the optical center, which mainly sucks if you’re trying [...]

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Field of View 5D Mark II vs. GH3 vs. BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera
August 21, 2013


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If you caught my recent video shot entirely on the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema, you’ll probably find quite a few wide angle shots. That’s because I tried very hard to include only native MFT lenses especially the Panasonic 7-14mm & Rokinon 8mm Fisheye.
For anyone looking to adapt non-MFT Lenses (without a speed booster) to the [...]

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Fhugen (Fusion) GH3 Video Cage Officially Available Today
August 5, 2013


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Newsletter went out today. The first Fhugen GH3 Video Cages are officially on sale along with teaser images of an upcoming Top Handle & HDMI Lock accessory. I’ve had my GH3 stuffed inside the Fhugen cage ever since I first mounted it.

The Fhguen cage is super lightweight and compact. I’m not sure how to [...]

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$200 OFF Panasonic GH3 Camera
July 4, 2013


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Not sure how many of you are already working with the Panasonic GH3 Camera, but I enjoyed working with this camera so much I ended up with a second one just a few weeks after. I was never a big MFT shooter, until I started working with the GH3. For the price, It’s hard to [...]

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Panasonic GH3 External Battery Kit with DC Coupler
May 7, 2013


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Need a way to power your GH3 longer? I showed an example of a GH3 in a video cage using an external power solution. For those who might be interested in the same solution, here’s another fairly popular external battery kit originally put together for Panasonic GH2 shooters, but now states it has recently been [...]

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Sale on Panasonic 45-150mm O.I.S
April 20, 2013


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Today there’s a deal on the Panasonic 45-150mm lens, which is an equivalent of a 90-300mm lens if you’re looking for extra that reach and offers built in Image Stabilization. This a micro four thirds lens that should work with the active mount of the newly announced BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera as well. Today this [...]

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Aftermarket Panasonic GH3 Battery vs OEM Battery
March 20, 2013


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The Aftermarket Panasonic GH3 Batteries arrived about a week ago. It took just a little over two weeks for shipping, and the first test was to see if there was a battery meter displayed in the GH3. As you can see below there is a battery meter being displayed.

The second thing I did was to [...]

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Panasonic GH3 with 12-35mm F/2.8 Moisture Resistant
March 16, 2013


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Shot this a while back, but I thought I’d share one experience I had while visiting a rain forest exhibit. Temperature was cold outside and then stepping into the exhibit the camera immediately fogged up. Even though I wiped the lens down, it continued to fog up. It actually took about 15 minutes before the [...]

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More Panasonic GH3 Camera Bodies In Stock
February 28, 2013


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If you’re still on the hunt for the GH3 camera, it’s still out of stock on Amazon, out of stock at Samy’s, and still on back order status with B&H Photo Video. [Update] GH3 Cameras are now in stock via B&H Photo Video today. LINK: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892456-REG/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_GH3_Mirrorless_Digital.html.

Panasonic GH3 Camera Body (Black) – via B&H [...]

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Aftermarket Panasonic GH3 Batteries
February 26, 2013


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I’ve had decent luck with aftermarket batteries with my Canon DSLRs and even with my smaller point and shoot cameras. Now with two Panasonic GH3 cameras, i’ve been looking to add a few extra batteries to the kit. I’ve been hesitating because the OEM batteries run about $80 dollars each (found here). So now i’m [...]

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