This past weekend I shot a shot video for a client that called for a heavy amount of horsepower from the camera I would shoot with. I’ve been favoring my new HD DSLR lately, the Panasonic GH1. Although I love the GH1, it doesn’t quite meet all the needs of a full production just yet.
The biggest obstacle to overcome when shooting HD video on a DSLR for me is the issue of variable frame rates. I needed to shoot as high as 60fps, and the GH1 isn’t capable of a clean slow motion rate like that. I did however need the shallow depth of field for this shoot, which basically brought me back to the HPX170/35mm Lens Adapter combo. It’s big, heavy, and inconvenient, but it gets the job done like nothing else in the price range.
The shoot itself went great. Unfortunately the battery mount on my 8″ IKAN production monitor has completely stopped working, so i had to run power out to the set, but we got through. below is a screen grab from the video. The edit should be done in a few days, I’ll post it when it’s done!