I just got my pancake lens yesterday. Few questions
1) why do i constantly hear lens motor? AFC mode with continuous AF turned off while taking pictures - I can still hear it all the time.
2) I often get the "Switch to AFC" message..why?
3) I noticed when I put the GH2 in A mode, I get to set f stop and ISO, but I can also change exposure...so if I understood the feature during yesterdays first shoots, I set the desired exposure, for instance if its bright daylight I set it to -1 or something like that to prevent burning, and the camera figures shutter speed according to my desired exposure setting?
4) ND recommendations? I never had a lens this fast, half of my first photos are burned as hell
And just my user observation - GH2 is ridiculous with the pancake immediate 74.32% "under the MSRP" look
Thread: New Pancake user
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08-13-2012 04:03 AM
08-13-2012 07:23 PM
I'm assuming you were in very bright light, had ISO set to 160 and were at as small an aperture as you felt you wanted. Small apertures reduce light but when you get to the extreme small end you risk an effect known as "diffraction" where the image forming light rays are diffused too much and the image begins to go "soft" on you.
I had this happen once with the original Canon Digital Rebel. I'd shot at an indoor arena the night before with the iSO set at 1600 (highest that camera would go). Next morning, short on sleep I started shooting cavalry re-enactors and forgot to check ISO. Lens apertures were at about as small as that lens went and I got the diffraction effect on the first two hours worth before I caught it.
Minimum aperture on that pancake is f16 so I wouldn't take it smaller than f11, f8 would be better.
So I put 46-52mm stepup rings on the pancakes and the Pan/Leica and use 52mm filters on those, the same filters can be used on the "kit" and longer zoom. I had 52mm .6 and .9 ND (2 stop reduction and 3 stops respectively), ordered a 1.2ND (4 stops) and that works pretty good.
Then tried the Polaroid variable ND in 52mm from B&H and am having good luck with that. Set ISO and f stop in "A" mode, set the exposure bias to "zero" (+/- 0) and "dial in" ND, press shutter button to see if you like the shutter speed it's going to give you.
In movie mode with EVERYTHING set to Manual just "dial" the variable ND until that +/- is "zeroed" (that's your exposure meter) and you're exposure is good.