October 1, 2014 at 9:34AM


A7s - Low Light possibilities.

We recently went out to Kananaskis Country, here in Alberta, Canada, with 4 A7s set ups, 2000 glow sticks and 4 professional mountain bikers. We just wanted to experiment with the setups, to see just how far we could push their low-light capabilities.

The video can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/107654361

After shooting that night, and seeing the possibilities, I think this sensor is going to give filmers the chance to really push the lighting in a scene, or even how much lighting is needed.

I'm just looking for other creative excuses now to see how far we can push the camera, and still get useable clips from the XAVC-s in SLog2.

What used to take 10-20,000w of lighting, can now be done with 2-4000w. It's a pretty awesome step forward for an easy travel small sized kit.

Do you think this camera is going to allow people to get more creative with lighting? or will they just get lazier, and try to get away with more "naturally lit" scenes?

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Great video. Great use of the low-light capabilities!

It's been a money and time saver for me. Not for the sake of laziness, but for smaller videos I'm producing for local clients, it means 1) less lights rented, 2) less crew (as in, getting away with just me is possible more often), and 3) less time spent lighting. All three of these together mean being able to work with lower budgets.

Obviously, lighting to shape a scene is one thing that isn't fixed by a more sensitive camera, but lighting just to raise the ambient level absolutely is. Call it laziness if you want, but I call it efficiency! :)

November 20, 2014 at 6:23AM

You voted '+1'.
David S.

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