Our goal was to set out and shoot a short film that was lit entirely by moonlight. We waited for the moon to become full and on the night of September 8th we set out to explore the coast in California and see what we could find.
When we arrived at our location, the timing couldn't have been more perfect! It was around 12:30 AM and the moon was barely lighting the beautiful beach. The entire shoot took place between 12:30 AM- 2:00 AM.
For the first two scenes were shot at a different location a few days before the moon became full. The first scene was shot at 1/25th, f/1.4, 25,600 ISO,
The second scene was shot at 1/25th, f/1.4, 32,000 ISO
Our settings for the rest of the video were around 1/30th, f/1.4, ISO 12,800. To give you a perspective of how dark it was, there are a couple photos in the behind the scenes below.
We did not add any color grading, noise reduction, or sharpness.
All of the clips are straight out of the camera shot in the PP2 setting.
You will notice some purple fringing around the left side, The Metabones adapter that we rented had a light leak issue from what it looks like.
Sony has done an amazing job in creating this camera especially after seeing the quality that has come out of this camera.
So I went out to test the new Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4K (not 4.6K), view below: vimeo.com/144278129
I also took the Sony A7S II, too see how they compare on grading, shots, slowmo and handheld with the A7S 2 with steady shot
compared to handheld with the Ursa Mini with global shutter.
Remember these cameras are quite similar in price...
As you can see, the A7S2 rocks, slowmo holds up well.
But grading compared to the Ursa, you can see the AS72 falls apart a bit in the skies, some banding due to it being 8 bit. I'm interested to see what recording to a 10bit recorder will look like.
Shot this in Slog3, but I also did some tests and shot for a client in slog3 and that came out fine
maybe its not a fan of foggy scenes haha
Also, it doesn't matter how good the steady shot is....the rolling shutter is quite bad and looks worse handheld then the Ursa Mini.
(in my opinion)
Lowlight, no tests here but the Ursa mini doesn't stand a chance, even the 4.6k probably doesn't stand a chance.
Lowlight is great with the A7S2.
I've also worked on LUTS for Slog3 (releasing soon) and a profile to match Slog3 so you can shoot slowmo worth keeping haha
as 120fps slog3 automatically goes up to 3200 ISO which is just too noisy and sucks
Lenses used on this test
Sigma Art series lenses, 24-105mm, 50mm and the 24mm
Again, like test 1, this is not a scientific test, just little experiments with the camera.
No color correction or grading applied (unless stated). A mix of Full Frame and Super35 modes.
Tripod and hand-held. Steadyshot was used with non IS lenses. Shutter Speeds: 1/50 and above. Spot Metering.
Occasional use of ND Filters ( Tiffen Variable NDs). 1 or 2 clips S-Log2. Date: 2nd - 4th August 2015.