Today I want to share with you a couple of pictures I took at two parties I went to last weekend. Parties have never been my favorite subject to shoot, because the lighting often is really shitty and in my mind using a flash is not an option here. It’s just too disturbing and will bring all the attention to me and I love to capture unscripted, decisive moments. And here is where the Sony A7s comes into play with its amazing low light capabilities. I shot DSLRs like the Nikon D700/D800 and they were pretty good in low light, but the A7s is noticeably better, especially when you crank up the ISO beyond 10.000. But, there has to be at least some sort of light, otherwise the pictures will look grainy and won’t be useable at all.
So, when I bring the camera to a party I always look out for light sources brighten up a face or at least make a situation or a person look interesting in some way. Nowadays people get more and more addicted to their smartphones and that can come in handy while taking pictures at a party. The light emitting from their screens can add a lot to a scene and the people are totally focused and won’t notice you taking their picture.
The only lens I used was the Voigtlander 58/1.4 for F-Mount. Manual Focus was not an issue thanks to focus peaking and the very bright viewfinder. All shots were taken wide open at f/1.4 with a shutter speed of 1/50 with ISOs from 3200 to 104600. The pictures have been processed in Lightroom and some of them have been even pushed by half a stop or more. Some pictures show visible noise, but considering the near absence of any light and those crazy high ISO numbers, the results look great.
On Monday I received the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95, which will serve me pretty well in low light situations and so far the results look really promising. A Sony A7s review will be coming and I might do one for Mitakon as well.
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