BVE 2017…Show offers announced

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Here we go again, BVE 2017 will open at the Excel Centre in London on Tuesday the 28th of February.

One of HD Warriors blog sponsors Production Gear will be at BVE, visit their stand and get 50% off the 7″ Black Magic Video Assist

50% off the seven inch  Black Magic Video Assist is a bargain, I bought one last year and it was a bargain.

Sadly I won’t be there this year so poor Bradley at Production Gear can’t photobomb me like he did last year.

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GH5 open day at H. Preston Media

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Today was the turn of H. Preston Media to hold an open day with almost 100 pre-orders for GH5s things are looking well for this family business in Malvern.

Here we see Dan Wheeler from Holdan showing off the Lumix GH5.

Preston’s are one of the few video retailers giving customers excellent trade in prices for their good condition second hand camcorders.

So thats the end of another open day at Malvern with a further 7 orders in the bag for GH5’s.


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Why I choose the micro 4/3 system

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Lets start with lens cost, with the Sony FS7 I had a bank of Sony lenses that covered me from tight to wide but the servo zoom lens 28-135mm f4 was not wide enough.

With much criticism Sony finally brought out the 18-110mm f4 lens at a cost of £3,299.

So what eventually put me off the FS7, not the quality, but its sheer weight, having used it on the Gadget show hand held, I was knackered after one days shoot.

I looked into getting an Easy Rig but decided the extra expense and the amount of use it would get was not worth the money.

If truth be told, I could not wait for this 18-110mm f4 Sony lens to appear nor was I able to finance it, plus the older you get the less weight you want to carry on your shoulder plus my recent stroke played a big part in my decision.

My options were Sony E mount or Panasonic micro 4/3…as I was already using two GH4s  for photographic and video work it was an easy choice…stick with one lens system…micro 4/3.

Thats why I got the JVC LS-300 as it natively took micro 4/3 lenses but remember its got a super 35mm sensor.

I also got a sniff of the GH5 running at UHD 50p which is going to be the camera of 2017, don’t take my word for it, Panasonic have already mentioned how overloaded they are with pre orders to meet the initial demand.

All my lenses bar two are now micro 4/3. I have the 18-35 f1.8 Sigma Canon fit Art lens and a Canon 50mm f1.4 lens both lenses are great for shallow depth of field and low light videography. I use the Canon to M4/3 Metabones Speedbooster on my GH4, and a Metabones straight adapter (EF-M4/3) for my LS300.

The JVC LS-300 also has VSM (Variable Scan Mapping) allowing me to match the lens with the super 35mm sensor.

The VSM comes into play when you have full frame lenses like the Irix 15mm f2.4 its a lot more noticeable on the GH4 as you don’t get as wide a shot as the lens is capable of.

I am currently reviewing the Irix on the JVC LS-300 and using a Nikon to M4/3 adapter from MTF. This allows me to dial in more of the wide angle thanks to the variable scan mapping and the super 35mm sensor on the LS-300.

The Sony FS7 was the first camera to produce 4K 50p video which was its major attraction, once the GH5 appears 4K 50p is part of the deal as is HDR in a firmware upgrade during July 2017.

5 Axis stabilisation is also a deal breaker as is the weight of the camera, no servo zoom like the FS7 but there has to be a compromise somewhere down the line.

Another major deal breaker was the full size HDMI and the dual card slot on the GH5, micro HDMIs are less than useless.

Panasonic has admittedly come late to having the on camera XLR unit as seen above but I gave it the once over with Marise from Holdan switching from auto to manual, something you can’t do with the GH4.

Times are a changing and so is my outlook as is my business, the need for expensive larger video cameras is a thing of the past.

Finally we have quality at a reasonable cost with quality glass that doesn’t cost a small fortune.

Why would you need a run and gun camcorder today ? A question I will answer in a future blog post with a pleasant surprise for Sony !

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GH5 Open Day at Production Gear

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From 10 till 4pm Production Gear along with Holdan had a great time showing off the new Lumix GH5.

As you can see there was no shortage of space at Production Gears new premises, thats just over a year to the day they moved to Hertfordshire.

Simon…”It was a great day for all involved, we were constantly busy and so many producers looking forward to the GH5 launch next month.”

Panasonic have hit the sweet spot for the video community with the GH5, they decided to abandon the AF101, sadly… and develop the GH series up to UHD 50p with a professional XLR unit via the hot shoe.

I can’t wait till the end of March to get my hands on the GH5 both video and photographically as I have plumbed for the micro 4/3 system, more about this in a later blog.

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Lumix GH5 arrives in Glasgow

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Got a phone call about lunch time from Marise Plater from Holdan who had a GH5 in her car and would I like to see it as she was passing by, heading back to Glossop.

800 ISO looks ver clean on the GH5 but the RAW file as yet is not recognised by Adobe Lightroom nor Photoshop CC.

I put my demo Irix lens onto the GH5 with the Nikon to micro4/3 adapter from MTF.

Not many 15mm f2.4 lenses can give you such a shallow depth of field as this lens can.

I was very impressed with 6400 ISO on the GH5 its a lot cleaner and usable than the GH4.

Scott having a play with the GH5 and very impressed with the clarity of the viewfinder.

I must thank Marise for phoning me to get a sneak peek of the GH5, I am hoping to get her back up early March for an open day somewhere in Glasgow. If you would like to see the new Lumix GH5 in Glasgow can you leave a comment please.

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Advert…Two open days next week…”See the Lumix GH5″

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Two chances to get your hands on the Lumix GH5 next week…

Wednesday 22nd of February at Production Gear, Unit 12 & 13, Wrotham Business Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5-4SN (Note : 10am till 4pm)

You can pre register here

and on

Thursday the 23rd of February H. Preston Media, 103, Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14-1EP (Note : 10am till 4pm)

Obviously it depends where you stay but you have two cracking chances to see the new Lumix GH5.

Make sure you see how good the viewfinder is, adjust the diopter as shown above to suit your vision.


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Canon’s EOS-M6 £729 body only

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Designed with the advanced enthusiast photographer in mind, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest addition to its EOS M series – the Canon EOS M6 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera; and a high performance External Electronic View Finder – the EVF-DC2, with approximately 2.36 million dots. For photographers who demand premium performance, the new EOS M6 Camera features the company’s 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor able to capture sharp, high-resolution images even in low-light situations, its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 7, and super-fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF speed, enabling photographers to capture clear, sharp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos.

“The new Canon EOS M6 Camera and optional EVF-DC2 are ideal for expert and advanced amateur photographers looking for an easy, take-anywhere camera as well as a great choice for passionate image creators wanting to step-up to produce high-quality images and videos that are easily shareable,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It is with great passion that Canon continues to deliver variety to image makers across all skill levels and professional needs.”

Advanced photographers will find everything they need at their fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses1, all in a compact, camera body to take with them wherever they go. Additional advanced EOS camera technologies built into the EOS M6 camera include:

  • Fast & Accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 7.0 frames per second (fps) (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock)
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25600
  • Full HD 60p
  • Combination IS with five-axis Image Stabilization*
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 technology
  • Intuitive Touch Screen, 3.0-inch Tilt-type LCD
  • Control & Customize with Five Functional Dials
  • Compatible with EF1, EF-S1 and EF-M Lenses & select EOS System Accessories

The Canon EOS M6 features an in-camera five-axis digital image stabilization to help reduce camera shake when shooting videos. When shooting with a compatible lens featuring IS the EOS M6 will leverage both the optical IS in the lens as well as the in-camera digital IS through a Combination IS system, to help deliver tremendously smooth videos.

Usability has been improved from the previous model with separate controls on top of the camera body for mode and exposure compensation plus the controller wheel on the back to cycle through menus and additional in-camera features professional photographers are used to accessing. The three-inch touch screen tilts approximately 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down for easy use when surfing the menus, composing an image, viewing images and videos or even taking a selfie.

The new Canon EOS M6 Camera is scheduled to be available in both black and silver models through authorized Canon dealers or through the Canon Online store at in April 2017, for an estimated retail price of $779.99 for the body only**. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens with an estimated retail price of $899.99**, and with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an estimated retail price of $1,279.99**, scheduled to be available April 2017.

Optional Electronic View Finder EVF-DC2

The optional Electronic View Finder EVF-DC2 is both smaller and lighter than the previous model and provides high-performance viewing with approximately 2.36 million dots. Connectivity is very important to today’s photographers and the EOS M6 delivers built-in Wi-Fi®, NFC and Bluetooth® capability that can maintain a smooth constant connection with compatible smartphones or tablets when using the Canon Camera Connect App.

Q. I do not understand why any manufacturer would produce an almost identical spec. camera to its predecessor, the M5.

No 4K video or a headphone jack ?

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First GH5 production-ready firmware video footage

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With access to a pair of production-readyproduction-ready Lumix GH5s running near-final firmware, we headed to a local whiskey distillery to put them to the test. We shot the footage above at 23.9p, 150mbps, 10-bit 4:2:2. One camera was set to Cinelike D, while the other was shooting ‘Like 709.’ You’ll also see examples of 60p footage slowed down by 2.5x as well as the camera’s ‘Focus Transition’ mode.

HDW : My only comment is when they use 6400ISO in the cask room, it looks a lot noisier than I was led to believe at Bracknell in November.

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Awarded 24th position…”Top 100 Camera Blogs on the web”

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My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog HD Warrior has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Camera Blogs on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Camera Blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this!

These blogs are ranked based on the following criteria;

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
HDW : Wow…now that came as a major surprise, it’s all worth it when someone thinks all your work is appreciated. I would like to thank my sponsors and readership for sticking by me over some very hard times, H. Preston Media, Production Gear and JVC Professional.

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Panasonic FZ2000…First Thoughts

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There has been significant body changes to the Panasonic FZ2000. Panasonic have really thought about this major update to the camera. Sadly it appears in the wake of the GH5 so once again its going to be a “Cinderella” camera. (One whose attributes were unrecognised).

The addition of three ND filters is brilliant as is the headphone socket. The ND really gives you a head start while filming HD in daylight, no longer do you need to compensate using 50 fps with the addition of either more f stops or adding extra shutter speed.

I was not aware till I got my hands on the FZ2000 that Panasonic had changed the top of the camera adding a much needed extra thumb wheel (front of the Fn4 button) very useful in manual mode. The FZ1000 needed a painful double click on the thumb wheel to change from f stop to shutter speed.

Bringing the SD card slot to the side of the camera makes swapping out the SD card a breeze. In the FZ1000 its badly positioned in the battery compartment.

Underneath has also been changed with the tripod screw in the centre of the lens away from the battery compartment. I bought a third party plate from Alzo Video which did the same trick on the FZ1000.

The LCD on the FZ2000 looks bigger but they are both 61mm x 41mm the FZ2000 is cleaner without a plastic frame.

Its inside that the FZ2000 has been significantly changed with the addition of MP4 LPCM and MOV. The MOV serving gives you 1920 x 1080 50p at 200Mbps ALL-INTRA LPCM a major upgrade in quality from the 1920 x 1080 50p at 28Mbps ACC in the FZ1000.

Other welcome additions are a 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S which works a treat, this gives you an insight for the GH5s 5 Axis OIS. Amazingly it also has a 120fps VFR slow motion mode and no 29m time record restriction.

I have the camera for a month and plan to produce all my reviews with it so there will be a lot of footage from the FZ2000 by the time it comes to edit the review.

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