|Spots Fade on Calf Elk: Panasonic GH2-Canon 500mm F4|
|Cow and Two Calves at Gilbert Viewing Area- one with spots almost gone: Still capture from video Panasonic GH2-Canon 500mm F4|
|Two Calves at Gilbert Viewing Area- one with spots almost gone: Still capture from video -Panasonic GH2-Canon 500mm F4 -extended telephoto mode -35mm equivalent focal length approximately 2,000mm|
The GH2 uses a micro-4/3 lens mount and the sensor has a 2x crop factor. The camera also has an extended telephoto mode, which takes the 2mp of resolution required for video from a small central portion of the sensor. This is how one can "really reach out and touch them" in video mode. A decided down factor to this equation is that to use the Canon mount glass, one must use an adapter, and one that will electronically control the aperture costs almost as much, or more than the camera body--depending on which particular adapter one buys. The bottom line; however, is that the 500mm F4 , which is just that on a MK III becomes a 1,000mm F4 equivalent focal length on the GH2. This is true in either still or video mode. It becomes a 2,000mm focal length equivalent in video mode when the extended telephoto mode is engaged. The image is degraded somewhat , but it is still very usable. I understand that unlike the T3i, one can also use this mode while shooting stills, but it will no longer utilize the full resolution of the sensor and as this is primarily a video camera in my case, I have not tried this yet.
Although one may not be able to tell from images posted on the internet, the bottom line is the GH2 cannot compete with any of the later Canon DSLRs as a still camera, but it is very usable and when one is concentrating on video it is an acceptable option to switch to still mode and take photographs. Stills captured from video after the fact will be only 2MP resolution and will not be nearly as good as stills actually shot in still mode.
The bottom line is that one needs to keep an open mind about some of the options out there with the new high end Canon video cameras costing $16,000.00 without lens.
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.