I have been using my two GH3s for the past two years shooting very similar videos to those you described (lots of weddings, short docs, narrative, and business content) and they have served me incredibly well. It really is a great camera for the price, especially for our purposes. I didn't bother with the GH4 because I have no use for 4K at the moment, at least for that price.
Unfortunately I am giving up freelancing next month and am trying to sell my GH3 gear, obviously at a much better price than you would get from any major camera store. I have a fairly well built kit that I would be willing to sell, some of the highlights:
2x GH3 bodies
4x Batteries + 1x Battery Grip
Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 and Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens
Let me know if you want to chat about it. It's a really great kit, and I'd love for it to go to someone who is going to get a lot of use out of it.
Nice looking video, man. In my opinion, I would like to see the events leading up to the ceremony. Maybe they didn't book you for that, but in my wedding videos, that first quarter of the video is where I can show the bride and groom in a more natural setting (i.e. their home, yard, etc.) I believe it adds a lot to the narrative of the video; it allows you to personalize the story a bit more. Great job overall, especially considering you're a one man band.
I'm not sure I agree with Guy on this one. It is not really about investing in a SpeedBooster, rather the SpeedBooster is what allows you to use better glass. Like Philippe said, unless you plan on shooting M43 for the rest of your career (very unlikely), M43 lenses are simply a bad investment and will not be worth anything in the future, opposed to Canon/Zeiss glass which will retain much more value over time. This way you aren't limiting yourself to M43 glass for years to come, and you are simultaneously ensuring that your lenses will relevant and attractive for the long term.
Also, a proper Metabones SpeedBooster will make your glass faster and wider, and aperture can still be controlled in camera (unless the lens has a manual iris ring, like any cine lenses). See this link:
I wouldn't suggest investing in M43 glass, unless you plan on never shooting on any other camera system ever again. I've learned it's dangerous to invest in M43 glass as that M43 sensor/mount will never be considered the industry standard, rather PL or CF will be, so it seems.
I recently purchased a Speedbooster, a Zeiss Planar 85mm and Zeiss Distagon 35mm, couldn't be happier. They are simply better lenses than any M43 out there, although more expensive. They do not have a autofocus, which in my opinion, for video you shouldn't really be using autofocus. You could also consider investing in some Canon glass with a Speedbooster, that way should you ever abandon M43 your glass will still be relevant!
Thanks Guy! Does calibration entail importing a LUT that mimics the GH3 image? Or is it an internal process?
At $1,400 the Ronin-M is a steal, in my opinion (again, depending on what camera you are trying to balance). I use a GH3 with the 10.5mm Voigtlander; it's a great combo. I use the Ronin on pretty much every shoot now, it just makes everything more dynamic and can be used to mimic the movement of a slider or a jib. I shoot a lot of weddings, and it has no problem handling that workload (being used for hours on end, in the elements, etc.).
In my experience, glidecams are impossible to balance and the reward isn't that great. The Ronin really gives you that floating effect everyone is looking for these days, and once you balance your camera for the first time it is totally user friendly and ready to go.