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Old March 24th, 2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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EA50 & VG20 match?

Next week I will be using my EA50 in pre-set #3 and using a loaned VG20 on the set too. I think one of the regulars here does this a lot? Any suggestions on matching?

Funny thing is I looked at the VG20 and laughed...I have not had to "read" consumer menu icons in many years!

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Old March 24th, 2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: EA50 & VG20 match?

I used it once to shoot a live performance.

I borrowed the VG20 from a friend, and of course he forgot both to charge it and to include the charger. And it was at 4% battery...

As I was unfamiliar with it, trying to set it up, I tried to set it to full auto but I think gain got stuck at 30dB so the camera probably needed to use high shutter speeds, giving the footage some rolling effects and it was a bit grainy.
Still I felt that they matched up pretty good. I used the EA50 with the stock lens and the VG20 with the Sony 50mm/1.8...

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Old March 25th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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Re: EA50 & VG20 match?

the 20 and 50 are a perfect match as they use the same sensor for video acquisition.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 02:10 AM   #4
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Re: EA50 & VG20 match?

They might use the same sensor but as I understood the vg20 doesn't have any picture profiles so you are probably going to tweak the ea50 anyway to get a good match.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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I'd rather tweek the VG20 in post to match the EA50 than to tweek the EA50 to match the VG20 as the EA50 is probably going to be the main camera...
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Old March 27th, 2013, 02:03 AM   #6
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Re: EA50 & VG20 match?

I found out at last wedding I did my ea50 is matching very well with my sony handicams (cx730), I used the abel cine pictureprofile where I just have to crush the blacks a bit more to get it right. It's only more difficult to get a match with my canon t2i (550d).
Guess if you want to adjust the vg20 in post you"ll need to shoot with a flatter pictureprofile on the ea50?
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Old March 27th, 2013, 07:48 AM   #7
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Re: EA50 & VG20 match?

I set my EA50 to PP5 on the first day and never changed it since ;)
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Old March 27th, 2013, 08:04 AM   #8
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Re: EA50 & VG20 match?

I have used pp5 for one of my films but it crushes the blacks a lot, nice for sunny outdoor but not so good for indoor where I prefer the abelcine preset. Would you say the pp5 preset matches the vg20 best?
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:23 PM   #9
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No, I'm just saying I can't be bothered so much with the picture profiles ;)
I did some testing and the PP5 look appealed the most to me so it stuck. One of these days I experiment more with them...
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:31 PM   #10
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Re: EA50 & VG20 match?

Has anyone tried to match the VG-30? I understand that it has picture profiles.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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Re: EA50 & VG20 match?

VG30 and EA50 are practically the same to be honest. Because the EA50 deep inside is basically a VG30 from what I have read.

And with Picture Profiles it will be easy to match.

Reason no comparison has been done is because the VG30 costs not much less than a EA50. Where as the VG20 is much cheaper now.
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Old April 1st, 2013, 09:16 PM   #12
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With default PPs , the 50 and 20 match perfectly.
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