ALEXA vs Varicam LT vs GH4 vs A7s – with William Wages, ASC – ON THE GO – Episode 83

In this episode of cinema5D ON THE GO, we wrap up our conversation with William Wages, ASC regarding using Lumix cameras on high-end productions.

 William Wages

Continuing our discussion about how William has changed to currently preferring the Varicam LT and Lumix environment, he tells us about the blind test he carried out to convince decision makers that the GH series of Panasonic cameras was indeed worthy.

But is there really a place for a Micro Four-Thirds sensor in the world of high-end filmmaking? As William says, the kind of situations that would require deploying a GH camera are exactly those where it would be challenging to set up a follow focus system. For this reason, the more restricted depth of field that the Micro Four-Thirds sensor size offers would in fact prove to be an advantage.

We also discuss Panasonic’s latest addition to its range of filmmaking cameras: the Panasonic EVA-1. While it could prove to be a solid B-Cam option to the Varicam line, for William Wages the small size of the Lumix line is still a major plus over this new model. (Please note that this episode was recorded before Panasonic released the final specs of the EVA-1).

William Wages, ASC also tells us about the four way comparison that he carried out between four of the cameras that he had narrowed his search to: the ARRI ALEXA, Panasonic Varicam LT, Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Sony A7s.

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Vlad Box Rojas
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This is my opinion, I think Nino should drive more carefully hahaha.!!!

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Are the test shots between the 4 cameras available anywhere online?

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I thought I’d get to see that sometime during the video but I don’t imagine its available. Seemed to me that it was something William Wages did with his team. Would be very cool if it were available publicly though. Great discussion. Thanks.

Clayton Moore
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Well there you go he intercut a GH4 with an ARRI Alexa and it worked. What more do you need to know about how much technology has closed the gap.

Clayton Moore
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Well intercut with the Varicam is what I meant ………

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