Anyone using manual focus lenses with the Panasonic S1/S1R?

Started Mar 29, 2022 | Questions thread
OP Sjak Veteran Member • Posts: 7,644
Re: Anyone using manual focus lenses with the Panasonic S1/S1R?

Off The Mark wrote:

I will say though that I find it better to use than the S5 due to the better EVF and LCD panel, plus it has better IBIS. Another nice feature (if you wear glasses) is that you can "shrink" the view in the EFV so that you are able to see the whole frame, even if your glasses keep your eye a bit further away from the viewfinder.

The viewfinder is indeed 1 of the big plusses of the S1 & SL line. In addition, good to know about the "shrink"-option; I normally dont wear glasses (except when driving) but this can also be useful when earing sunglasses.

If you are serious about video, the S1 is definitely a good camera. The GH6 might be a better option for truly serious video production needs, IF you don't need the better dynamic range / low light / high iso performance of a full frame sensor.

Thanks for all the details about the advantages of the S1 re video. I don't have much experience with video (yet) but all your input is very helpful to make a better decision between the S1 and the S1R.

Haven't used the Sony a7 IV, nor the Canon R6. I am sure they are both great. The potential overheating issues of the Canon R6 mean that I am not seriously considering it as a viable 4K video camera for my needs. The a7 IV lacks some video features like internal 6K and waveforms, and the 4K 60fps is only available in an aps-c crop mode.

I was at the store again today (just to handle a small return) and tried a Sony A73 and A7R3. I did not feel the body as comfortable, and my thumb was more or less pushing 2 buttons, and the space between the grip and the lens can be tight, depending on the lens of course. When wearing gloves, these issues will be magnified. In addition, the EVF of the Sony is not nearly as good as on the S1-series. So I'm much more confident that the S1 is the way to go.

I've downloaded and compared Raw-files from both systems, and differences, if any, are really insignificant to me.

On the other hand, if adapting Canon EF-lenses, they work better on the Sony a7 IV with the Sigma MC-11 (or metabones adapter) than they do on the S1 / S5 line with the Sigma MC-11.

I never owned a Canon (except a few cheap compacts) so EF-compatibility is nice to have, but no disaster if not great.

Anyway, hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

It helps a lot, thanks so much!

I will rent an S1soon, so I can see whether I will find the photo-files limiting in actual when compared to the S1R (for some uses, the hi-res is an advantage, think macro and long tele) but in maybe 80% of my photography it's not really relevant

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