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Ofer Geva
on Nov 9, 2012 at 7:50:34 am

I work a lot outside on documenting. Sometimes going from full eye-burning sunlight to complete shadows within a minute.
I used a Panasonic AG-AF100 for the last year until an evil robber stole it from my house (lucky robber...) Now I've seen this new NEX-EA50 and I'm interested but my question is-
How do you get by without built in ND filters? Without the time to unscrew an ND filter from your lens and screw-in a different one?

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charles meadows
Re: ea50?
on Nov 9, 2012 at 3:51:04 pm

A variable ND filter. Essentially two circular filters together that screw onto the front of the lens and when turned they gradually block out more and more light. You can get the cheap ones and the expensive ones. If you're serious, go for the latter and the former if not. You can also buy step up/down rings so the one filter can fit a number of cameras.

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Bill Bruner
Re: ea50?
on Nov 10, 2012 at 9:38:07 pm

Ofer - Sorry to hear about your stolen AF100 :(

Charles is correct - Sony's omission of the built-in ND on cameras below the $8000 FS700 means the NEX-EA50 needs a 67mm variable neutral density filter like this $96 Fader ND.

You really don't want any of the less expensive filters - which often cause light loss and distorted color.

Outside of its lack of a built-in ND, the EA50 looks like great camera - but I have to say, I'm also looking at the full frame NEX-VG900, which looks pretty good in the sample footage I've seen:

Hope this is helpful,

Hybrid Camera Revolution

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