I love you Canon, but it’s time to say goodbye and embrace the GH5. Or is it?
The Panasonic GH5 is finally here. I have been using Canon cameras professionally for over 30 years and have had a long love affair with their lenses and bodies. I have been invited to Canon launches at places like Paramount Studios in Hollywood, know many of the top people in the company, some the Canon Ambassadors and have been a member of the Canon Professional network.
This July, my wife and I will be in Namibia shooting a documentary series on poaching, and in anticipation of the trip, we chose to move from Canon, to a new camera for the documentary – the Panasonic GH5, which was just released to the public March 31st. I have it on on my desk right and will be test shooting it in the coming weeks. I began shooting Canon shooter in 1986. First as a wildlife photographer, then a freelancer for the Winnipeg Free Press, then around the year 2000, began shooting commercial photography for advertising clients through my company Enter360 Media. I even shot fashion and glamour, became known for my light paintings and taught some photography classes at the University of Winnipeg. When Canon released the Canon 5D and the Canon 7D, like so many other photographers, I began using them to make films. It’s been a huge struggle to finally make a decision to switch to another platform. In fact, even this morning, I was having buyer’s remorse…thinking I might return the camera and lenses. This footage from Namibia, filmed and edited by Romain Sarret, made me feel a whole lot better about my decision.
There have been reports of extremely poor AF for interviews and tracking shots of moving subjects, despite the Panasonic GH5 advertising promoting the AF heavily as being perfected. I was about to return the camera, but then I saw this video. I may have to live without perfected AF and and internal ND’s to get such a great image out of such a portable camera. What do you guys think?
Looking to buy a GH5? I bought my body from BH Photo, but they are out of stock. Last I heard, Adorama had a few more in stock.
I plan to get a Panasonic Leica 100-400mm soon, but for now, these are the lenses I bought for the GH5: