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Ultimate Panasonic 3-Lens Vlogging Rig (for Cinematic-style VLOGs)

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The question: if you had $5,000 to spend on a camera and 3-lenses for making cinematic-style vlogs, what would YOU pick? This is what I'd do if I was settled on Panasonic! The camera: http://amzn.to/2FwTCtz The vlogging lens: http://amzn.to/2tA3odb The wide, fast lens: http://amzn.to/2Fs8gXk The details, super cinematic lens: http://amzn.to/2Gie6HZ Add a bendy Tripod: http://amzn.to/2FLcM2e And a mic: http://amzn.to/2FytYox
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Rene Diaz (4 months ago)
Request: Please Keep reviewing Panasonic; don't abandon the Lumix users!
Pineapple 303 (8 months ago)
Aye that Mj poster in the back🔥👌
Pineapple 303 (8 months ago)
Justin Reves :oh!! That’s goals for my collection
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
That's the Thriller record on vinyl!!
Arber Baqaj (8 months ago)
No crop in 4k
Burke Cullinane (8 months ago)
That's such a tough question, I think I would definitely choose these two. Sony a7S II - $2,500 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART - $900 Then I would need to find two fast lenses, one like a 16mm or 18mm. And then the other would be a zoom. But everything I would want to say would put me over the budget.
Eddikson Peña (8 months ago)
Panasonic GH5 12mm 1.4 (Landscape, Vlogging) 12-35mm 2.8 (B Roll, Shooting other people and scenery) 35-100mm 2.8 (Portraits, B Roll, DOF)
Shalin Vlog (8 months ago)
My first comment here, but i watched a lot of your videos! I have a gx85 with kit, some old soviet manual lenses like Helios, Rokinon 7,5mm and piked up a panasonic 25mm f1.7....but this 7-14mm f2.8 is my wet dream yet:) so keep the punch, you doing good job! And greetings from Israel;)
DesFit (8 months ago)
Great to see more Panasonic content! Thanks! Quick question: was there anything special you had to do to get your community tab on YT? I surpassed 10k but for some reason mine hasn’t been enabled. I’m sure I’m just being stupid 😏
Nekojitablog (8 months ago)
That tiny 15mm is sharp AF. This talking head sequence was shot on the 15mm f1.7 https://youtu.be/uOe4YVqDBLU?t=2m3s Also the 7-14 was used! 👍🏻
Nathaniel's Phone (8 months ago)
Out of my price range for now but liked the vid for future reference!
Joe Marano (8 months ago)
I currently have the 14-42mm f3.5-5.6, 25mm f1.7 and 45-175 f4.0-5.6 and all I really want now is the 12-60 for vlogging as its wider and also has Power OIS which is only going to help when I have a G7 with no body stabilisation. The 25mm makes a good B-Roll lens for the background blur and the 45-175 is great for nature photos and general use :) I can't justify lenses that are silly expensive so the 25mm is the bargain on the century for its performance although I am sure its AF is worse than the kit lens!
The Path Less Traveled (8 months ago)
Awesome video Justin! The only thing I would say is that these all are fly by wire focus, and for shooting b-roll I would add in the Voigtlander 17.5mm, probably have the Olympus 7-14 f2.8 instead of the panny (more robust and faster, and better focus ring), and you can't really beat the Nocticron!!
Cody Wang (8 months ago)
Since when you picked up Panasonic again Justin? I just got mine GH5 today too!! Love it!! Hope you make more contents about this camera!
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
I still have a deal to try stuff out with Panasonic so they just lent it to me! Excited to try it out.
Matt K (8 months ago)
Sony a7 iii - 2000 Sony 24-105 f4 - 1000 Sony 16-35 f2.8 - 1500? Sony 85mm f1.8 - 700 Think that would be a solid setup for vlogging and portraits
Marcin Rucinski (6 months ago)
This is something I am taking into consideration too, possibly for now i would use 10 18 instead 16 35 especially gimbal shots. but it is not that simple if you have lots of MFT lenses covering all possible focal lenghts. Anyway - A7 iii is the first solid camera which is kind of make me thinking more and more about switching to SONY
Spencer Stanley (8 months ago)
I was just going to say the same setup! I just got the A7R iii and love it.
Cody Wang (8 months ago)
Yep, I was tempted by xh1 too, especially their sexy lenses, but considering the price, the poor battery life, and the image quality, a7iii is definitely the way to go. Also, your lenses choice aren't that heavy though. 16-35gm and 24-104 is almost the same weight as Fuji 16-55 2.8, 85 1.8 is even lighter than the fuji 56 1.2. So go for it man. 🤣
Matt K (8 months ago)
Cody Wang I'm going to be travelling through Europe, vlogging and taking stills of architecture and portraits so for me I think the Sony is the way to go. Would definitely be tempted by a fuji xh1 as well but feel like the Sony would edge it out.
Cody Wang (8 months ago)
That's true, both the Sony and Panasonic are great options, depends on your shooting style, if u want shoot some awesome photo and don't care about the extra weight, go for the Sony. Btw, 2800USD for a A7iii body is insane.😂
EveryDay HoliDay (8 months ago)
missed your tech reviews :)
Andrew Bristoe (8 months ago)
love that 7 to 14 can get some funny effects too the 14 to 140 and 100 to 300 compared to full frame for size weight love it no one seems to mention the reach advantage with mft 300 becomes 600 full frame the payoff is f stop goes up too .Any fast zooms i think theirs a fastish prime 200?
LifeOfMikey (8 months ago)
the dmw gwc1 will fit on the 15mm 1.7 ??? i thought that it could only ffit on the 14mm
LifeOfMikey (8 months ago)
shit . ok thanks
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
They’re discontinued so you gotta watch ebay or whatever your local craigslist is.
LifeOfMikey (8 months ago)
really?! could you possibly find the link im searching but i dont know which is the correct right one lol
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
Works on the 15mm too! Used it a bunch back in the day on the 15.
Shane Reimer (8 months ago)
cant wait to see what you do with that 42.5mm 1.2. Dream portrait lens
DSD (8 months ago)
I thought the GH5 didn’t have a crop at 4K I thought that was only on the G7 or G85???
Joe Marano (8 months ago)
Dad Surviving Divorce I actually thought there was some sort of crop on the Gh5 which is why the S has no stabilisation in order to help achieve that?
DSD (8 months ago)
Unless I missed it did you try the 179 degree shutter angle trick? I had a friend who used the GH5 on a commercial job and the auto focus was spot on at 179 degrees, 24p and face detection. That had walking talent and it tracked like an expert focus puller. Seems like that is a game changer in the AF department...
DSD (8 months ago)
Okay you had me worried there - one of the main reasons i was looking at the GH5 or GH5s is the full frame no crop 4k.
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
You're right! I didn't know that. Had to google it.
Javier Mercedes (8 months ago)
I've never seen f1.7 before. Also, I've never heard of 42.5mm either. I've also only shot on the gh4 once, so that would explain it. I'd go sony a7r III, with the 24-70 f2.8, and then my budget is blown :(. I loved that ending!
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
Haha, yeah, Sony is so expensive, but they do good work. The new A7 III makes a TON of sense for people looking to get into Sony, though. Just need some Sigma/Tamron 24-70 options and you'd be at like $3500 instead of $5,000.
The Search For Awesome (8 months ago)
What would i do if i were "constained" by a budget $5000? Sorry, thought that was a funny way to put that question lol. Honestly I'd probably get G7 or SL2 with a cost effective lens or 2 and wait for Panasonic to get great autofocus, Sony to get a flip screen, or Canon to truly join the 4k party - and then throw my remaining money at them
The Search For Awesome (8 months ago)
Justin Reves it is! And yes me too. I feel like any of them could at any moment, but maybe they have a pact or something. It's odd it has taken this long. Good video btw. That is nice kit. Excited to see what you do with it.
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
Hey, it's fun to dream every once in a while! I'm REAL curious to see who's going to give us a proper all-around vlogging camera!
Ed Brooks (8 months ago)
If you want to save some $$$ (as I wanted to do) Swap in a G85 for the G5 and trade out the 15mm f/1.7 and replace it with the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (my favorite lens). This was shot with that exact combination - https://youtu.be/D5l-SiYT1ew
Ed Brooks (8 months ago)
I know, I know ;-) I do own a number of Panasonic lenses, but from what I've read and experienced, the focusing speed difference that DFD can make is more important when you are working with fast moving objects (sports). For a subject like that, I'll use a Panasonic zoom anyway. For the budget minded, the Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 is often available on special for $99. A "nifty fifty" equivalent prime for a budget price.
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
Looked great! If you don't need the 4K/60p or above 1080/60fps, the G85 makes a TON of sense. Olympus is KILLING IT on their lenses - it's just too bad that Panasonic's DFD tech for focusing doesn't work with them :(.
Tyler Berry (8 months ago)
The 12-35 is probably my favorite lens I have the mark 1 version and it’s great.
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
Yeah, it's a beast.
Kevin Cameron (8 months ago)
Another cool video Justin. I’m really pondering the Sony A7iii. The reviews are great and I’m looking something for my daughters dance competitions and recitals where light is scarce..... and the video from it looks great too.
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
I think you'd be crazy to not consider it. Best-value camera on the market for sure! You just then have to spend the money on some Sony glass which can be brutal. But in a couple of months, there's going to be a LOT more 3rd-party options which will be good for everyone and hopefully bring the Sony lenses down, too. I had an 80-200 f/2.8 for Nikon and then the 35-100 f/2.8 for Panasonic so I really want a 70-200 f/2.8 for my Sony but it's just SO MUCH money. Can't wait for Sigma/Tamron to step in with a good option.
Michael Dijamco (8 months ago)
I think $5k USD is excessive to spend on just 1 camera and 3 lenses, and it's possible to save a lot of $ buying used, so I changed the rules a little . . . sorry! :D Main Body: I'd get G85 (I won't really need the additional features of the way more expensive GH5 -- except maybe 4K slow mo). $600 body-only used Mic: Rode VideoMicro $60 new Portable/Pocketable B-camera: GX85 $350 used Gimbal: Zhiyun Crane V2. (Essential for gratuitous cinematic sequences and hyperlapses! Can also be used to hold the camera when vlogging to get that buttery smooth footage while walking, if you don't mind the inconvenience. :P) $350 used All-purpose/run-and-gun zoom: Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8. (Sigma 18-35mm art + speedbooster might be better for more planned-out sequences, but it isn't as portable, has no AF, and isn't weather-sealed.) Olympus pro line would work too, but I like IBIS and keeping it native, idk. $500 used Telephoto zoom: Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8. $600 used (optional) Super-telephoto zoom: Panasonic 100-300mm mk.ii (Version II has IBIS). May not be used a lot. $400 Ultra-wide prime: Laowa 7.5mm f/2. Ultra-wide, rectilinear (non-fisheye!), low-light capable, tiny (was designed for drones) all for $500 new! AFAIK the fastest, widest, non-fisheye lens for M43, and is tiny compared to its competitors! General-use prime: Tossup among Panasonic 25mm f/1.7, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake, or Olympus 17mm f/1.8. Panasonic pancake is more portable, but Olympus has manual focus option and more FOV which is better for video. Panasonic 25mm is the cheapest/best value. Any one would work, depending on personal priorities (preferred focal length, portability, price) ~$200 Medium telephoto prime: Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7. Chosen over the Olympus because of IBIS. Not sure if the pro f/1.2 version is worth the gigantic additional cost, lmao. $250 (?) used? Drone: DJI Mavic Pro $700 used Other: Filters, tripod/monopod, batteries, SD cards, backpack, lighting and flash, other gubbins $??? Should come out to $4510, or $4310 without the 100-300mm lens. This kit seems fairly comprehensive for not only vlogging or videography, but also photography. The kit also accounts for edge cases like low-light and bad-weather (G85 + 12-35 + 35-100 are all weather-sealed) situations. EDIT: I can also throw in the Olympus 60mm macro and still be within budget (used market). -- Now if I had to choose only 1 camera and 3 lenses . . . G85, Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8, Laowa 7.5 mm f/2 ... Panasonic 35-100/2.8 (???). Ugh, can't really decide on the third one. Not sure if I should have medium telephoto prime (for portraits and tight shots), telephoto zoom (for events, portaits, and is also weather-sealed), or a general-used prime (more versatile, low-light, shallow DOF). -- Thoughts?
Noel E (8 months ago)
I do love my 12-35 f2.8. Not the fastest lens in the world but the sharpness and focusing speed seems pretty great to me. Getting the 25mm f1.7 soon
Michael Dijamco (8 months ago)
Thanks! The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 has gotten great reviews, and it seems to be a great value when compared to brand-new MSRP of native ultra-wide rectilinear lenses. It is manual focus, but at that focal length, everything tends to stay in focus anyway. I'd love to hear your opinions on it someday :)
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
Also, to your last paragraph, maybe a 42.5 f/1.7? More than twice as much light as the 35-100/2.8. Nice and compact, too.
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
Noice! I like your approach a lot. A whole kit for everything! On my Sony system, just the 70-200 f/2.8 is $3,300 Canadian. Some people think Panasonic lenses are expensive... I've gotta try out that Laowa 7.5mm f/2. Heard godo things about it. I do like autofocus, though.
Javier Mercedes (8 months ago)
That is a massive response. And loved reading every part of it :)
Qwazyd0gg (8 months ago)
I still dream about the 12-35mm 2.8. I grabbed the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 full manual and love it so far!
Justin Reves (8 months ago)
I think for your style of videos, the Rokinon makes a ton of sense! A series 1 12-35 used is getting cheaper and cheaper, though...

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