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This ‘Lit By Moonlight’ A7s Video Will Blow Your Mind

By Anthony Thurston on September 21st 2014

By now we all already know that the A7s is an absolute low light beast. One so good no other camera can really touch it. This video, produced by Carbon Studios, really highlights the creative avenues opened up by the A7s.


What you are about to watch was shot between the hours of 12:30am and 2:00am, and was lit completely by moonlight. Yeah, moonlight…

According to the team over at Carbon Studios, the film was shot on the Sony A7s with the Zeiss Otus 55mm F/1.4 at F/1.4, with a shutter setting of 1/30th, and ISO 12,800. It is crazy to think that this was only at 12,800 ISO, the A7s can be pushed quite a bit higher than that.

It just opens up so many creative opportunities for photographers, and videographers alike. It will be very interesting to see how other camera manufacturers react and respond to the ISO capabilities of the A7s over the coming year(s).


What are your thoughts on this video from Carbon Studios? What other creative uses of this insane low light capability are you looking forward to see? Leave a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Moe

    this camera is a monster!!! ;)

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  2. Eric Sharpe

    Cool video.

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  3. Jeffrey Morrow-Lucas

    Awesome! Gives the appearance of a hazy, slightly overcast daylight vid. Amazing stuff!

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  4. Patricia Knight

    I’m even more convinced than ever to make the switch from Canon to Sony!

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  5. Leo Wong

    Sony really doing a significant job with their sensors, but without Zeiss glass, there is hard for it to running up.
    What I try to say is Zeiss also had Credit for this video. Still, a truly amazing.

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  6. Austin Swenson

    This video is pretty sick, and that’s only at 12,800 ISO and not something ridiculously more sick than that. Just so awesome.

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  7. Kurk Rouse

    I’m not into video yet, but even I was impressed after reading about the settings and then watching the video. Amazing stuff.

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  8. Herm Tjioe

    I saw the video capability awhile ago with Philip Bloom’s Brighton Beach test shoot. Incredible is an understatement.

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  9. Konrad Sarnowski

    I wonder how would it be, to shoot portraits in such conditions…

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  10. Matthew Saville

    It must be said, however, that Sony’s only claim to fame with the A7s is this video capability, really. If you look at the RAW image data coming off the sensor, it is essentially the exact same still image quality as the Nikon D4s /Df, or the Canon 6D. In other words, it’s all about the incredible amount of JPG / video noise processing & reduction that is going on with in-camera post-production.

    Still, a truly amazing feat. Never thought I’d have to stop down when the moon was “too bright” lol…

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  11. Matthew Saville

    My astro-landscape / timelapse videos are going to be filmed entirely by moonlight, as well. Really looking forward to this!


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  12. Braden Storrs

    Definitely makes my hopeful for the future of camera sensors. We’ll be able to craft our images in about any lighting situation. I like the A7s in some way and not in other but no camera is perfect. Pretty impressive stuff.

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  13. John Cavan

    Wow… Sony is simply hitting it out of the park with their sensors, it’s something else. That’s an impressive bit of work there.

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  14. Brandon Dewey

    cool video

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  15. Clare Havill

    Was this shot with a full moon?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yes, the first two scenes were on a different night and it wasn’t quite full. But the rest of it was done under the full moon. Pretty crazy.

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