GH5

My Favorite Lenses for the Panasonic GH5

Panasonic GH5 with Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm

Panasonic GH5 Lenses - Native or Adapted?

When I bought my GH5 back in March 2017, one of the most frequently asked questions I saw was "Should I buy native lenses or adapt Canon glass?" Before my GH5, I had a Canon 60D, but I mainly had EF-S glass, and one Canon 50mm f/1.8. I wasn't very invested in full frame Canon glass that everyone adapts to Micro Four Thirds. 

So I decided to go native for it's reliability, small size, price, and stabilization. First two lenses on my list were the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 and Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8, seen below. These two lenses on a Micro Four Thirds sensor have the equivalent focal length of a 24-70 and 70-200, which is a very popular combo. If I had to choose any two lenses again, I would pick these two, except maybe opt for the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8. 

I also bought both of these lenses used. Since the Mark II's were about to release, it seemed like everyone was trying to get rid of the Mark I's, even though they didn't change much in the Mark II versions. From what I remember, the Mark II's have Dual IS 2.0 and are all black.

One of the biggest reasons I went native was because at the time, the Metabones Speedbooster was having problems with the GH5 and the infamous Sigma 12-35mm f/1.8 that everyone loves. Eventually I'll start investing in Canon EF mount glass, but for now, these two lenses are more than enough. 

The one problem I have with the lenses and with Micro Four Thirds in general is the low light capability.  Which is why I turned to Canon FD.

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 and 35-100mm f/2.8

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 - Low Light Capable

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4

This Canon FD 50mm is one of my sharpest lenses. At f/1.4, it's a little soft, but in a low light situation, I'll take softness over boosting my ISO in order to get the shot.

This lens is also pretty cheap. Looks like it's going for about $75 on eBay, which is nothing for a lens this good! I scoured Craigslist looking for someone trying to get rid of their old Canon lenses. Luckily I found a guy an hour away selling a whole set of them for about $100. Along with this, it came with a second 50mm f/1.4 (he couldn't remember why he had two), a Canon FD 24mm f/2.8, and a Vivitar 75-260 f/4.5, which is an insanely huge lens.

Anyways, using this lens with a "dumb" adapter makes it a 100mm lens, but with the GH5's IBIS, it's really easy to shoot handheld with it. I love it.

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4

Using an external battery with the Tascam DR-60D

Tascam DR-60D

I've had the Tascam DR-60D for about 4 years now (it's now been replaced with the mk II) and I barely bought a battery pack to power it via USB. I filmed a conference where I needed to record audio for about 6-7 hours straight and I knew AA batteries weren't gonna survive. The DR-60D eats through AA batteries. I mean really. I've gone through so many batteries. I should have bought this external battery so long ago. I looked around online to see what other people were doing and I saw that some people were attaching them to their tripods and external mounts. I think I've found something more convenient. 
I found myself reading about gear all the time but never posting anything I've learned, so I've decided to make an effort to show the solutions that I've come up with. 

Here's what I bought:

For about $30, you won't need to buy batteries for the DR-60D again! I attached two velcro strips on the outside of the DR-60D's battery door so that I can attach the battery right onto the recorder. Make sure you use two. Only one strip wasn't enough to hold the battery pack securely.

Velcro strips on DR-60D

Battery hooked up to DR-60D

From there, you use a USB cable to connect the battery pack to the DR-60D and that's it! You can also put AA batteries in the DR-60D as backup. If the external battery dies or gets unplugged, the DR-60D will automatically pull power from the batteries without shutting off. 

GH5 connected to DR-60D

I haven't tested how long the DR-60D can record with the external battery, but I did record audio from the conference for about 6 hours and it seemed like I only used about 30% of external battery. However, your mileage may vary. This is also my go to for run and gun setups. It's a bit crazy with the wires on both sides, but it's still pretty compact! Usually I'll attach a quick release plate on the bottom of the Tascam that way I can mount it on a tripod quickly if I need to. 

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm and V-Log L

I finally got to give V-Log L a real test and luckily for me, it was out at the Orchid. The Orchid is an old orchid farm that's currently used as an event space but they also have a perfect mini ramp and indoor skatepark. Check out the short video below.

Shot on:

  • Panasonic GH5
  • Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8
  • Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8
  • Zhiyun Crane V2
Orchid Half Cab blunt fakie Skateboarding Santa Barbara Video
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Aquarium+Summer=Crowds+Bad Time

Bubbles at The Open Sea - Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is the beginning of my blog called The Dump. I'm not really sure what its purpose is yet. I figured it would be a good way for me to dump photos that I don't feel like posting to Facebook or Instagram.

Here's a small collection of photos I took in Monterey with my (new to me) Fujifilm X100 I picked up off Craigslist for $250. Story Time: The guy I bought it from ended up being the guy at Samy's that always helps me out with rental gear. Nice guy. Small world, I guess. Anyways, carrying around my Panasonic GH5 with about $1.5k in lenses to take photos for fun seemed a little ridiculous, so I brought the Fujifilm X100 instead. Plus, I didn't want to be one of those people with a huge camera dangling from my neck and taking pictures I'll most likely never look at again. Warning: The next paragraph is about technical camera stuff. Skip it if you're a normal person. 

Peter B's Brewhouse Aftermath

Sea Nettles - Monterey Bay Aquarium

Red Pelagic Crabs- Monterey Bay Aquarium

For a camera from 2011 with a 12.3MP APS-C sensor, it takes some pretty awesome photos. I wouldn't be surprised if this blog ends up filled with photos from the X100. It's easy enough to use, but the best part is how portable and casual it is. People seem to get a little freaked out when you point a big DSLR at them. I've never had anyone say anything, but sometimes I'll catch people looking at my bigger camera and shy away. However, I didn't notice this with the X100 at all since it's a lot smaller and less aggressive looking. After using the X100, I've started to learn that a bigger camera ≠ professional. I've always known it, but it's nice to see such great pictures coming out of something so simple and small.  The hybrid viewfinder (Optical/EVF) is also really awesome. The grid on the optical viewfinder reminds me of Luke's monitor when he blows up the Death Star. After this trip, I liked the camera so much I decided to order a bunch of accessories. I ended up with a thumb grip, lens hood, and screen protector for the LCD. Now I take it everywhere with me. 

Pebble Beach Panorama - 17 Mile Drive

Lone Cypress - 17 Mile Drive

Ghost Tree - 17 Mile Drive

At what point does a blog just become an online diary? I get to rant on about things nobody cares about. You still reading this?