LowLightFotography

LowLightFotography

Sony RX1rM11

Sony a6300 + Sony E10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens

Sony A7r11 + Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens

Camera Equipment Used

Camera Equipment Used

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        In March 2016, I took delivery of the Crop Sensor Sony a6300 E-mount Compact System Camera as a replacement for my a6000 which I used as a  day to day carry-around camera. As good as the a6000 is, what piqued my interest in the a6300 was the newly developed 24.2 MP  APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor which is thinner than the previous 24.2 MP sensor of the a6000 and is made with copper wiring in the structure which is claimed to improve light collection efficiency and with enhanced circuitry in the BIONZ X™ image processing engine vastly improves the ability of the sensor to capture low-noise high ISO images. Only down side to the camera is the lack of in-body stabilisation although 'SteadyShot' image stabilisation is included in some E-mount lens. A big plus point again is the Silent Shooting mode.

    In June 2015 Sony announced the Full Frame Sensor a7rII with a 42.4MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, basically increasing the amount of light  the sensor can capture therefore improving low-light performance, and In-camera 5-axis image stabilisation. In October 2015, Sony released a firmware update for the a7rII which included uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture. This changed the file size from 41Mb for compressed RAW to 81.6Mb for uncompressed RAW. In theory, with the larger file size along with back-illuminated sensor, more detail can be extracted from dark shadows making the a7rII more suitable for low light photography and a big plus point for low light photography is that the a7rII has a silent shutter.    

        For Low Light Photography I use one of three cameras and depending on which type of photography I'm doing dictates the type of camera I will use. If it's an organised night photo shoot, then I'll use the larger heavier Sony A7rII mounted on a tripod. For street photography at night, I don't like to draw attention to myself so because of their small size and portability then I'll use either the 24MP Sony A6300 or the 42MP Sony RX1rMII and hand hold rather than setting up a tripod. That does mean higher ISO and shutter speeds but the Sony sensors are more than capable of producing digital noise free images and after years of practice, I can hand hold at very low shutter speeds. All three cameras make use of an electronic shutter instead of a mechanical one for a completely silent performance which is ideal for not drawing attention to yourself when you are out and about on the streets in the dark.

Sony A7r11 + Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens

Sony a6300 + Sony E10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens

Sony RX1rM11

   Released in November 2016 the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II is a full-frame, 42MP compact camera with a fixed ZEISS® Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens and inherits a lot of technology from the Sony a7R II like the back-illuminated 42.4-megapixel1 full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor. It also has an XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ retractable electronic viewfinder and included in the specifications is the ‘world’s first’ variable optical low-pass filter which combat's the issue of moiré patterning or aliasing and which can be turned off to give sharper images.

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