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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Lino Manfrotto has passed away…”inventor of the worlds favourite tripod”

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Lino Manfrotto (right) and partner Gilberto Battocchio

Lino Manfrotto, an Italian photojournalist, began designing light stands, booms, and telescopic rods in the late 1960s. In 1972 Lino Manfrotto met Gilberto Battocchio, a technician working for a Bassano mechanical firm. In 1974, the company introduced its first tripod. The company grew, and in 1986 Manfrotto, already with 6 plants in Bassano, landed in Feltre, in the industrial zone of Villapaiera, establishing 5 plants in the space of two years. Vitec Group Plc. purchased the French company Gitzo in 1992 and the American company Bogen Photo Corp. in 1993. Vitec Group Plc. chose to maintain the separate brands as separate lines in its portfolio. Manfrotto products are distributed in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and United States by Manfrotto Distribution. In Canada, Manfrotto products are distributed by Gentec International.

On Sunday morning, at the age of 80 years, Lino Manfrotto the entrepreneur from Bassano del Grappa – once known as an Italian photojournalist for the local press in Vicenza – has passed away.

I have always been a huge fan of Manfrotto, their tripod plates make so much sense, they live on almost 98% of all my video equipment.

The ability to hot swap a camera from one tripod to another was Manfrottos best achievement in my opinion. Almost everyone I know in the video world has a Manfrotto tripod for video and photographic work.

I take my hat off to Lino who has produced one of the most singularly useful products for filming and photographing over my lifetime in the video and photographic world.


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Lumix GH5 may be delayed due to high number of pre-orders

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Sadly this does not surprise me, as the Panasonic GH5 is already looking to be the most sought after mirrorless camera of 2017.

Panasonic Japan has announced that customers who have ordered a Lumix GH5 may face a longer wait due to the high number of pre-orders. The camera is scheduled for release on March 23, and Panasonic is prioritising pre-order shipments. The GH5 was officially announced at the beginning of January, and Panasonic targeted a ‘late March’ shipping timeframe in its initial announcement.

As long as they prioritise their orders for the UK first !

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New from BlackMagic Design…with shocking live web pictures.

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Having phoned one of my friends in London this was the washed out milky quality (log look) of the presentation being sent out live from Australia, shocking. Not only that it was boasted by Grant that this was being produced with the new web streaming equipment !!!

The same picture above of Mr Petty took me 2 minutes to fix in Photoshop and its night and day.

Sadly this has taken the gloss off 4 new products, updated ATEM Switcher, Recorder and 2 Web streaming tools.

Reader…”They did a similar video when they announced the major change and actual release schedule of the URSA Mini-the video was just this bad then too. Excessive noise in the shadows and it too looked like it was shot in LOG mode.”

Do these companies not appreciate they are broadcasting to top flight professionals in the same field who have certain standards and can I assure you the standard of this internet stream was very poor and would put me off buying the product if its that bad. Strangely all the slide inserts were fine it seemed to be the cameras themselves that were producing this milky white problem.

Just in case you missed the one hour live stream…

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Lumix FZ2000….Video review coming soon

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Panasonic are lending me the Lumix FZ2000 for 28 days, enough time to produce a full video review of this hybrid camera. I did not review the FZ1000 because it lacked a headphone jack.

The video review may not be up till the beginning of March but it will be worth waiting for.

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