GH2, 100-300 stills compared to Nikon D3s, 600 f4.0

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Bill Hollinger
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GH2, 100-300 stills compared to Nikon D3s, 600 f4.0
Dec 12, 2010

Here are some GH2 jpegs taken at the 300 mm setting (600 mm on a 35 mm sensor). I noticed a fair percentage of them were just a tiny touch off, and at 300 percent I could see the smallest bit of movement blur. I’m not sure why. It may be my touch on the shutter release, or possibly it is because I left the image stabilization setting on? It was set to one - I think there are three settings for it. Also, with large Nikon lenses I use a Wimberly II head - which is fantastic - and even at high magnifications (600 f4.0 VR and 1.4x) and fairly slow shutter speeds I do not encounter this issue. Maybe the video fluid head and the fact the GH2 is so light was a factor?

I think if viewed alone, the GH2 prints would probably look fine to most people, but when I compared them to a couple of similar images taken with the D3s, the Nikon shots were better. For example at 100 percent I can see the veins in the eye of the D3s squirrel photo below. I assume this is because of the lens quality differences, but perhaps the AA filter in the GH2 is also a factor? The camera arrived Friday afternoon, and I looked at some stills of a painting I took with both the hacked GH1 and the GH2, using a Voitgländer 25 mm f0.95 lens and my 14-140 zoom. The GH2 video resolved more than the hacked GH1 video, and the Voitgländer was sharper than the zoom.

These web size jpegs lose a lot of detail which is visible in the Tif.

GH2, ISO400, 100-300 at 300mm, f6.3,

GH2,ISO400, 100-300 at 300mm, f5.6

GH2, 100-300 @f5.8, ISO1600

D3s, 600 f4.0 plus 1.4x at f11

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