Photography: Shooting under moonlight with the Sony A7S

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Lady of Shalott - Lantern

Our friend Sacha lights a candle light at ISO 8000. The results are buttery smooth and the blue glow of the lake is pure moonlight. You can also see stars reflecting in the surface of the water.

For the shoot I used the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 full frame Leica M mount lens and Canon EF 50mm F1.2L wide open.

Willows whiten, aspens shiver.
The sunbeam showers break and quiver
In the stream that runneth ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four gray walls, and four gray towers
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.

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As always, be sure to download the 4K version from Vimeo here to get any idea at all about the full image quality! Not a Vimeo Plus member? Download one of my original NX1 4K clips here. This is H.265 converted to ProRes LT. The NX1 costs $1499 body only or $1699 with the 16-50mm power zoom OIS lens. The NX1 is a 4K camera out of the box but make no mistake, it is really a…

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After a while now shooting with the Sony A7S (final part of my review coming soon, review part 1 here) I have found it’s better to shoot video outside of the Sony movie mode on the dial. Here’s how to set up the M stills mode on the dial for movie…


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Hong Kong, China (September 12, 2014). SLR Magic will present a new CINE lens to the public from the APO-HyperPrime lens family in the upcoming Photokina 2014 fair in Cologne at the SLR Magic booth (Hall 5.1, L-011). The SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 is the first lens of the…