Mike Kobal

June 27, 2011

You Loved Me: Panasonic GH2, ISO 2500, Nokton 25mm f0.95

I was hesitant to use the Panasonic GH2 for this idea because of all the night shots.

My logical choice for this shoot should have been the Canon 5D2. Then there was the usual battle of how much, or better, how little equipment can we get away with. The GH2, paired with the Nokton 25mm and the two pancakes (20mm and 14mm), glide cam and a bean bag fits into a small/medium sized backpack! I was pleasantly surprised with the image quality @ISO2500, the 5D2 would produce cleaner files at the same ISO setting but there were a few gorilla style shots we wouldn’t have been able to get with bulkier equipment (draws too much attention). If you like what you hear, check out Notes for Apollo.
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Filed under: Models Fashion,Music Video,Video Beauty,Video Fashion — mike.kobal @ 10:26 pm


  1. Another great piece of work with the GH2, Mike. Turns out that you are at the leading edge of the fashion video revolution:


    Who knew?


    Comment by Bill — June 30, 2011 @ 5:39 am

  2. thanks Bill!

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 30, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  3. Everytime I see one of your videos using the GH2 it makes me want to go and buy one! You make it looks so simple yet it is a lot of creativity and hard work involving in creating these amazing videos, well done Mike, I have so much respect for you :)

    Comment by Asha — August 3, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

  4. thanks much, Asha!

    Comment by mike.kobal — August 3, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  5. Hey Mike,

    Nice work with the GH2. I just purchased one and am considering the Nokotor. However, it’s quite a steep price. I like to do a lot of night shooting and the pancake I bought is good, but I’m not seeing the quality I’d like.

    Any thoughts?

    Comment by jaosn — August 24, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

  6. the optical quality of the 20mm pancake is quite good however the Nokton gives you about 1.5 stops when shooting wide open, big difference for night shooting

    Comment by mike.kobal — August 25, 2011 @ 8:41 am

  7. Hello Mike

    My equipment: Panasonic GH2 1442 olympus 12mm f2
    only video, part 2.35
    panasonic 1235 f2.8 zoom is not bright enough to be totally versatile.
    I look at both 25mm which have not stabilize
    Leica 25mm 1.4 and 25mm 0.95 VOIGTLANDER
    to realize such shoots like that

    based tests lenstip,
    leica 25 at f1.4 has good resolution but a Vignetting
    VOIGTLANDER 25 at f1.4 also has a good resolution, and less vignetting than the leica.
    Important when filming and that we do not put the subject in the center.
    After that is significantly mitigated by the use of framing 2.35
    Few DOF, 1.5 or 2 meters
    Is that the development is facilitated, because that is sharp with the bokeh?
    or autofocus (and thus the leica) make life easier? (Spot focus not continuous)

    I have a problem with the visor

    For Voigtländer, normally you can add a 67mm ND filter in front of the visor.
    But with the shape of the Leica lens hood, this is not possible to
    which solutions for the leica to put a fader and a nop sun ​​visor?
    What other brands of sun visor?

    what better? VOIGTLANDER leica 25mm or 25mm?

    there is the same problem of using nd filter with the shape of the sun visor of the new 1235.
    the bokeh of the new panasonic 1235 at f2.8 it would be much different than 1.5 meters that a 25mm f1.4?

    thanks for your answer

    have a good time

    Comment by gordon — May 22, 2012 @ 4:48 am

  8. Hey Gordon, for shallow depth of field and close ups you def want to use manual focus the Voigtlander is the better choice, no doubt

    Comment by mike.kobal — May 22, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  9. thx for your answer

    only f1.4 is avalaible on nokton about quality ?

    for video
    possible to make focus easly with eyes without zacuto viewer ?

    not a good idea to make a filter 67mm in front of of sun shield? better 52mm in front of the glass ?

    do you know filter 52mm with possiblity to put after the sun shield ?

    Comment by gordon — May 23, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

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