October 27, 2014

Save Some Serious Cash on the GH4, YAGH Interface, & Kit Lens Right Now

If you're in the market for a GH4, the YAGH interface (which adds a plethora of professional video features), and a solid kit lens, you can snag yourself the whole bundle at a discounted price on B&H right now.

The kit, which comes with the GH4 body, the YAGH interface, and the Lumix Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 kit lens, usually retails for $4700, but is currently on sale for $3900.

GH4 and YAGH Interface
GH4 YAGH Interface
Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8

We all know that the GH4 offers users a tremendous value because of its ability to record 4K internally and output it externally over its HDMI port, which enables it to be used with a new generation of external 4K recorders like the Atomos Shogun. However, when paired with the YAGH interface, the GH4 gains a whole host of features (chiefly a 4K 4:2:2 10-bit output via quad link SDI and XLR inputs with full phantom power) which are usually reserved for professional video cameras that are often far more expensive.

Of course, when paired with one another, the GH4 and YAGH base become an oddly-shaped and rather bulky unit that isn't particularly ergonomic, and you lose certain features (like the ability to record internally on the camera), so it's not for everybody. However, the feature set alone of this combination speaks for itself.

So if you're currently in the market for a relatively small camera package with a large feature set, this might just be the best time to hop on board the GH4 train    

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Actually EVS in Los Angeles has even better deals for this kit for $3299:
http://www.evsonline.com/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gh4-mirrorless-micro-four-thirds-digital-camera-w-interface-unit.html
Or they are including the free Metabones speedbooster for EF with the purchase of the GH4 and Yagh kit.

October 27, 2014 at 6:16PM

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Ben Pitts
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That kit is missing the $1000 lens, thus why its cheaper.

October 28, 2014 at 5:15PM

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That is really stupid how once the yagh audio unit is attached you can't record internally. No double back up of footage and means you still need a shogun even if you just want to record clean audio. Hmmm

October 28, 2014 at 5:16AM

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Tas Underwood
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You can record internally with the YAGH attached. The article is incorrect.

October 28, 2014 at 7:52PM

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Erik Naso
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Unless I've missed something, to record internally the camera must be in 8-bit mode, not 10-bit. So if you attach the YAGH interface in part so you can record 10 bit externally, you can't record internally at the same time. On the other hand, if you stay within the confines of an 8-bit codec, your golden recording internally & externally.

Of course Panasonic may have changed things in the Version 2.0 firmware which I haven't tried yet.

November 1, 2014 at 5:13PM, Edited November 1, 5:13PM

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The YAGH itself is an engineering disaster. It had no batteries, no pre-amp, no LCD Screen/ Monitor and no hard drive/ memory slot. I am guessing that even if it were for $500, people may not want to buy it.

October 28, 2014 at 8:50AM, Edited October 28, 8:50AM

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sanveer mehlwal
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Totally agree. Despite its goofy and impractical design, though, it does add some high end features to what is essentially a prosumer mirrorless camera. It's definitely not for everyone (or most people, for that matter), but I'm sure someone will make good use of it.

October 28, 2014 at 2:16PM

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Rob Hardy
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NICE!!!!!!!

October 28, 2014 at 9:55AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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You CAN record internally with the YAGH attached to any available internal codecs the GH4 offers. I have one and yes it's bulky but no more so than a BeachTek DXA-SLR ULTRA added to the bottom, but with SDI,HDMI and timecode. The real downside is it requires a battery like a V-Lock or Gold Mount. That forces you to get rails and a rig. With that I have a pretty nice camera setup. Having two balanced XLR inputs and a full size HDMI out makes the GH4 much easier to use. With my gold mount attached it runs for two days! I'm not kidding. If you need to record audio internally and want to use an external monitor it's heaven. I already had one of my GH4's Micro HDMI input break. And another that is starting to so watch out for that. If you use it a lot get a cage with HDMI pinch.

www.eriknaso.com

October 28, 2014 at 7:46PM

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Erik Naso
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In Australia we have this package with a 20mm lens also for $4499 AUD inc GST. Which works out a bit better than the B&H price.
http://www.johnbarry.com.au/packages/panasonic-gh4-pro-video-kit

October 28, 2014 at 11:15PM

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It's good to remember that this interface unit is the best way to output quad-link SDI 4K video in 4:2:2 10-bit, dual-link 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p up to 60 fps through HD-SDI outputs. That's pretty priceless, and it turns this fun consumer device into a pro studio camera.
EVS has killer deals being offered on these kits:
http://www.evsonline.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Panasonic+Lumix+DMC-GH4+Mirrorless+Micro+Four+Thirds+Digital+Camera+w

October 30, 2014 at 12:31PM

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Ben Pitts
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If you record to an external recorder, yes, you cannot record internally at the same time. But if you're not recording externally, you can certainly record internally if the YAGH is attached. You can monitor out either the HDMI or SDI ports, too. And it downrezes the internal 4K 100mbps recording to 1080 so you can see it on the external monitor.

The four SDI outputs allow you to record 4K 10bit ProRes 422 HQ into a Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q external recorder, if you are so inclined. And the soon-to-be released Shogun from Atomos will also record externally. (But you should see how nice that internal 4K is before you denigrate it. It's remarkable in its own right.)

The YAGH also protects the very fragile Micro HDMI output on the camera itself and adapts that tiny, fragile output to a full-sized HDMI.

The front 1/4-20 holes are set at Lightweight Arri 15mm standard (centered 80mm below the lens). You'll need an adapter that takes M12 threaded rods, http://smallrig.com/smallrig-15mm-railblock-1421-m12-thread.html

I really appreciate that the YAGH accepts phantom-powered balanced low impedance mic signals or line levels and allows switching between stereo and mono so a single mic can go to both channels if you want. And it gets rid of the mini-stereo interconnect cable between an outboard BeachTek or JuicedLink adapter. (For the record, I prefer the JuicedLink RM222 Riggy.)

Yeah, it's a bit clumsy and costs more than the body, but if you want to output SDI or pull in timecode, it's pretty helpful.

November 3, 2014 at 4:15PM

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