Mike Kobal

June 17, 2011

WORTH. A short film with Toby Tanser. Shot with Panasonic Lumix GH2: Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f0.95 wide open

We have been talking about shooting a short film for many month. Finally, we did it. You might remember

Toby’s last minute marathon tips.The goal was to shoot something completely different, not running or charity related, a challenge if your subject is an ultra runner who is building schools and the first children’s hospital in Africa! It took me awhile to come up with an entertaining concept that would allow me to portrait Toby as I know him. Show his respect and passion for everything living, a guy who will try to save the planet (or part of it). My original plan was to shoot this with the 5D2 and my new Cineroid EVF but the weather forecast changed my mind last minute. We moved this shoot around so many times and finally just did it spur of the moment. I grabbed the GH2, the 25mm Nokton, the 14mm pancake lens, a bean bag, Glidecam, 32GB memory card, and two vari filters. That’s it, off we where, I really dig this clip thanks to Toby’s intensity and acting skills, he is just a natural. Music: Twistedtracks.com (the rough cut and ungraded version here Music: Positively Dark)
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Filed under: City Life,City Life Portraits,Street Photography,Uncategorized — mike.kobal @ 5:19 pm


  1. Nice job all of you!!

    I love my Nokton so much that my pancake lens disappeared 2 weeks ago in disgust.
    I’ve been hunting high and low for it. Finally, today it’s back in my hot little hands ;-))
    Take care Mike!!

    Comment by Martin — June 17, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

  2. :D thanks Martin

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 17, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  3. Great video, do you know how much a second hand Nokton 25mm will go for. Im looking for one for a media project in a couple of weeks

    Comment by Dancemidisamples.com Loops and Samples — August 17, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  4. pretty close to the full price since it is one of those hard to get lenses

    Comment by mike.kobal — August 17, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  5. thanks, haven’t seen many used ones, short in supply and high in demand, not much cheaper then a new one

    Comment by mike.kobal — August 25, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  6. Awesome film..Love that lens! Very rich colors..question..what profile settings did you have the GH2 on?

    Comment by Marvin Suarez — December 3, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

  7. thanks Marvin! usually I use standard or portrait mode, contrast and sharpening turned all the way down, then very minor tweaks in post, add unsharp mask and slightly steeper curve.

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 3, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

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