Panasonic AF101, Lumix GH2 … stock of the optical.

As some of you seem a little dropped on what is possible with this mount microphone 4/3 I'll make a small point.

This frame is that of the camera AF101, the Panasonic Lumix “G” (G1/G2 GF1/GF2 GH1/GH2) but all the Olympus Pen etc..

First you must know that this is a standard that is the result of a collaboration between Olympus and Panasonic. The first device released this mount is equipped with the Panasonic Lumix G1 ago now 2 years (end 2008). Then came the “Pen” and other “G” among which the famous Panasonic GH1 spring 2009. Since many manufacturers have joined this standard and nouveslles expected Fuji / Sanyo / Sigma Kodak.

The principle of micro 4/3 which is a variation of 4/3 already initiated some years ago by 2 same manufacturers is to provide a very low optical printing which enables it via adapter rings can climb about anything that is on the glass market.

I usually talk about the manufacturers that I find worthy and it is called Novoflex I often website.

For Micro 4/3 in this German industrial there are adapters to go to optical :

  • Canon FD
  • Contax / Yashica
  • Haselblad
  • Leica M
  • Leica R
  • M42
  • One later 645
  • Minolta AF / Sony Alpha
  • Minolta MD
  • Nikon
  • Olympus OK
  • Pentax 6×7
  • Pentax K


What is not yet at their catalog is the Canon EF mainly because these lenses have no physical contact for controlling the diaphragm but an electrical contact.

EOS/NIK NTMFT combinations

For those eyeing the cinema a PL adapter is available from HotRod Camera

Now mount micro 4/3 there are optical Panasonic therefore, Olympus also in course but also Zeiss therefore just released their Premium Compact Series 2 (CP2) are mounted.

Other prestigious brands such as Leica optics are also in collaboration with Panasonic,

Voigtlaender is a registered trademark of Cosina recent years joined the consortium and has just released a 25mm f:0,95 that looks gorgeous. What is interesting is that we are seeing a change in our business with these technological developments and especially I think the divide between small worlds and Photo Film Video will finally be able to talk together and to stop toiser .

All micro objectives 4/3 are listed on the page of the consortium website.

As I have already written the best zoom currently on the market openness is certainly Olympus 14/35 f:2 in monture 4/3 it works perfectly with the AF101 but it is not stabilized.

For electrical zoom that operators usually use on camcorders reporting such, it does not exist yet in the frame but may be considered in terms of seeing a manufacturer rushing on the opportunity because many people are used to the ergonomics.

It is clear that nothing exists at the moment but it would be strange that we see out of the woods one day or anything else. I remain on the lookout !


Matrox MXO2 / Max … the booster !

In my “gears” Embedded with me during my trip to Osaka, Matrox par l’intermédiaire de Christophe Crespin et de Paul Mothersill que je remercie ici, lent me a MXO2 LE … I do not know if you know this tool but I can talk about it because it is a brick of my system that I love.

Matrox is a manufacturer may be less known to the world of maps and other tools to manage entries / video outputs work with Final Cut, BlackMagic and AJA are often the only spoken of yet there are others equally deserving and proponents of smart tools and quality.

The big advantage of this system is that it can connect via an adapter or to a laptop via XPressCard port or via a PCI. It makes one of the most adaptable it is. The 2 Maps are also provided in the pack.

The range MXO has several products whose prices range from € 299 to € 1990 HT HT RACK for large version. I tested the first which allowed me MXO ago 4 years out videos of my first MacBook Pro in an OB HD HDSDI during a live program for France 2 shot in Orange (Opera / Roberto Alagna) I was at the time taken for an alien and technicians from France TV looks me look a little thinking that I will never issue them a broadcast signal coming out of my little portable and can be of a quality enough to interest me with their big-conect OB to several million euro. Yet, plupard the subjects and dressing had been managed entirely via the MXO box, the first was only MXO output, it possible to get an HD SDI signal from the DVI output of the mac, and it worked not bad.

The MXO2 is available in a range that goes from “Mini” at “Rack” integral or not the MAX Technologie.

Thanks to this technology MAX I could encode in record time and exceptional quality (much better than the quality of the encoding software compressor) my videos made in Osaka.

On my old MacBook Pro (early 2008) While encodate 1080p25 H264 to 10mb / s usually takes me close to 40min Encoding 5 my the movies, with the Matrox MXO2 LE Max that I was available almost real-time … Which provides a time saving extra, and an incredible quality, I know how they do it really but I insist, quality of comrpession which is much better than most compression software Compressor.

Note that if you already have a MacPro with another card, H.264 hardware compression cards of the existe en version only, it is called “Compress HD” and does the same job for less than 450 € ht.

I like the LE version that I often use for recording “direc to disk” in OB vehicles such, but for my use of blogger, the version “Mini” is ample since I use the HDMI for the main monitoring. Note that this version “Mini” Avid is now validated for the monitoring of Media Composer 5.

More information on these products to my partners’ATREID

PL mount for Canon 5D / 7D without processing + Wide Angle 3DA1 in Zunow.

PL adapter for EOS Canon Zunow 7D/5DMkII

A manufacturer who makes accessories for the cameras with interchangeable optics just not make a big splash on the web.

One after, Zunow announced a PL mount for Canon 5D and 7D and complement a wide angle lens camera for 3D Panasonic.

The PL mount has an interesting, it does not require the destruction of his camera to reduce it to simple function of HD camera. If like me you love the 2 worlds and you do not want to smash the mirror box of your beloved Canon … is a good idea, the trick is to use a lens that can cover the circle optical corect despite the distance. It all looks very well designed and sturdy with an aluminum backing plate. The product guaranteed no distortion or loss of depth of field.

The other product is an optical double set on a plate to give a little scope to the famous Panasonic 3DA1. The camera does not know how to shoot less than 3m or almost, thanks to this additional perspective so you can double according to the manufacturer to get closer 45 cm from the subject.