Panasonic GH2 video setup Q's

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Panasonic GH2 video setup Q's
Jan 15, 2012

Looking to upgrade from my Nikon D3100 with something more geared towards video and I've decided on the Panasonic GH2 with the Driftwood hack.

I have a few questions and I'd like comments on the gear I've picked out to go with it.

Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Aspheric G- Series Lens ~ I'll be shooting low-light street and people portrait, is this the best lens? I could/would stretch to the Voigtlander f/0.95 25mm but people say it doesn't start to get sharp until f/1.4, but are we talking about 20mm f/1.7 sharp or in another league altogether?

I'll be recording on 176Mbit and need a fast SD card, is something like this Class 16 card going to be fast enough or do I need a 633x Delkin? ~ There is a huge price difference!

Pretec 64GB -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0KV05A0424
Delkin Devices 16GB Elite -

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/804734-REG/Delkin_Devices_DDSDELITE633_64GB_64GB_Elite_SDHC_633.html

What sort of adapter do I need to use my existing Nikon lenses, is there any benefit to the expensive ones?

Can I use a magnified viewfinder like one of these with the GH2? -

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HD3G6Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=AL7LHK6Q9LVTS

I'll also need a tripod, I've never had one solely for video so I'm not sure what to look for... here are a few I've picked out:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755484-REG/Manfrotto_MK394_H_Photo_Movie_Kit_Aluminum_Tripod.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687334-REG/Oben_AC_1400_BA_00_AC_1400_4_Section_Aluminum_Tripod.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/349250-REG/Davis_Sanford_PROVISTAIR18_ProVista_Airlift_Tripod_with.html

Lots of questions but I would appreciate any opinions and advice you may have.

  • Dan

Nikon D3100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
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