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Old April 30th, 2014, 08:27 AM   #1
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More useful EA50 Info

Don't know if this has been posted before but this might be a useful PDF for EA50 owners - especially regarding picture profiles

http://pro.sony-asia.com/product/res...ndbook_web.pdf

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Old April 30th, 2014, 09:10 AM   #2
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Good find, had not seen that one before.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 09:29 AM   #3
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Is useful for me to get my head around picture profiles - I still find the EA50 (will be still using it for the rest of this year at least) blows out skin highlights easily - and not in a nice way!
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Old April 30th, 2014, 09:37 AM   #4
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Some presets definitely blow out highlights easier then others, have not used the camera for a few months now since I sold it so I don't recall exactly which presets had the best effect. Have you tried this preset?: https://accidentalvideographer.wordp...sony-nex-ea50/

Eventhough I"m not 100% sure anymore I believe that ab_range2 gave me the best overall results: https://accidentalvideographer.wordp...sony-nex-ea50/
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Old April 30th, 2014, 09:40 AM   #5
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Just keep in mind that you would need a 15.6mm lens to equal the field of view of a 24mm lens on full frame.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 09:42 AM   #6
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Do you by any chance use the pp3 standard preset Peter? I did like that one for indoors but was not that great for outdoors.
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I always use the PP3 Noa for indoors as it is flatter than the others - I can then tweak easily in post but it's too washed out for outdoors. I find that when skin highlights blow out with the EA50 (especially outdoors with PP3) it looks awful - horrible banding - my old Z1 seemed to be more forgiving and even then any areas blown out looked not so bad. Last week's wedding a lot of filming was outdoors but a real mix of sunny and tree shade - you could be filming a group of people, some in full sunlight and some in darker shade. Exposing for the skin of people in direct sun plunged the rest of the scene into darkness - somewhat to be exprected but hard to claw back detail in post. I wonder if the EA50 sensor has enough latitude to cope with such a variance and maybe for next year I'll revisit my A-Camera options - I love being able to use my Canon fast lenses though!

Maybe it's a limitation of 8bit

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Old April 30th, 2014, 02:59 PM   #8
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It can't be "8 bit" only as my gh3 has a better DR, I"m sure it must be in dialing the right preset to get a good balance between dark and light, only not all camera's handle highlights equally well. I must say that this was not my impression from the footage I got from my nex-ea50, you can see the examples in my link below with some personal videos I shot with that camera.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #9
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I've been successfully using PP3 both indoors and outdoors for several months. Occasional blown highlights are easily brought back in Premiere Pro using combination of Curves & Highlight/Shadow filter (knocking back the superwhites). Simple, quick, beautiful. Works like a charm. No fix for this is other NLEs from my experience, particularly Vegas.
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So it seems the general consensus is PP3 for indoors? What does everyone use for outdoors? I've been using PP4 until now but keen to try something different.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 07:13 PM   #11
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Hi Jody

I'm still using a modded PP3 for outdoors ..All I have changed is the colour level up my two points and it's not too bad just a little flat still so I also tweak it a bit in Vegas for saturation.

Once we hit Winter here and I have an easier July I am planning to play with a few profiles and see. I think it also depends what you are shooting too .... PP4 (or just the default with no profile at all) works great for general outdoor shoots but I still find that PP3 is better for shots of people and doing weddings I have plenty of them. PP3 can easily adjust skin tone just by lifting saturation in your NLE so it's great for inside and outside as I forget to change over half the time!!

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