March 28, 2017 at 9:25AM

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Best camera for film and stills.

Hi, I'd like to get a camera that takes good video and good stills. I have borrowed a Canon 5d 3, and liked this a lot, but so many blogs advise against spending this much on a camera that does not take 4k. I don't like the sharpness of a GH4. I have seen great footage with the A7r2, but it's a very expensive camera, and not very comfortable for me to hold. I'd like to get the GH5 but feel this sharpness is just too much - is there a way of softening the video quality, perhaps with a filter or a setting? One of the main reasons for liking the GH5 camera is the internal stabilisation, as I like to hand hold the camera. I like the sharper image for landscapes, but find that people look much too sharp. I am a contemporary art video maker and would like to use it to make a documentary type film. Any advice on filters or de-sharpening settings or more appropriate cameras would be much appreciated!

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The first thing you learn when shooting with a Panasonic GH4 or GH5 camera is how to turn the sharpness down to it's lowest setting. ( the default settings are way too sharp )

The second thing you learn is how much better old Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax glass looks when shooting with these Panasonic cameras. I own eight Nikon AI-S lenses from the 90's because they help to soften the look from my GH4 camera and have lower contrast. I also own a few Panasonic lenses when I want the ultra-sharp look for still photos. Old glass looks great on the GH4 and should be the same for the GH5.

March 28, 2017 at 7:00PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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