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Studio scene comparison (RAW)

For a (more) level playing field for comparison we also shot our studio scene in RAW mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera RAW. Because Adobe Camera RAW applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras (this confirmed) we use the following workflow for these conversions:

  • Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW (Auto mode disabled)
  • Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings default)
  • Open file to Photoshop
  • Apply a Unsharp mask: 100%, Radius 0.6, Threshold 0
  • Save as a JPEG quality 11 for display and download.

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Note: this page features our new interactive studio shot comparison widget. Click here to find out more.

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Looking to maybe buy the GH2 for some outdoor/travel and adventure filmmaking. Simple stuff I guess because I'm not that knowledgeable about any of this yet. But I have to start somewhere and I want a camera that is capable of growing with me as I learn.
My main question is, I can get a "Body only" for around $400 used. Or I can get it with the kit lens 14-42 mm for around $560. Is that the best use of that $160, or could I get a better all around lens, for cheaper? Or a combination of a lens and something else..Appreciate the suggestions and expertise! Thanks for all the reviews.