Time and time again, the Sony A7s has demonstrated its superb low light capabilities with numerous ISO tests and footage shot in complete darkness. Notably last year, in a short film titled, “Moonlight,” Carbon Studios produced a short film lit solely by moonlight at 12,800 ISO.


That short film inspired director Sam Shepson to push the A7s to its farthest limits – 51,200 ISO – for the first ever narrative short film lit exclusively by the light of the moon. He and his team wrote a story that would set the scene for “a visceral, otherworldly experience that I believe made the most of the technology.” After numerous tests, where they pushed the A7s as far as they could and tracking the moon and weather for months, they set out with large bounce cards and the moon as their only light source. Shepson tells Sony Alpha Rumors,

Miraculously, my team and I managed to get everything we needed while avoiding any light from astronomical twilight, city spill, or our flashlights — which we generally discouraged using to keep our eyes dilated. It was seriously an incredibly thrilling experience that I’ll never forget.

Titled, “Refuge,” the Sci-fi thriller was shot over two nights in the Angeles National Forest. Using a Sony A7s with an Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder, some Canon Cinema Primes and Metabones Speedbooster, this 6-minute video really shows off the camera abilities.

Watch “REFUGE // A Moonlit Short Film”

REFUGE // A Moonlit Short Film from Sam Shapson on Vimeo.

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[Via DIY Photography]