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Old January 24th, 2008, 04:30 AM   #1
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Letus Extreme @ Extreme Low Light

This is a test I made one night with absolutely no moon (don't know how it's called in English). I am telling you, it was DARK !
Camera settings: f2.4 S1/25 Gain +3 or 0
Lens: Nikon 50mm f1.2


http://www.snapdrive.net/files/516833/Letus%20dark.avi
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Old January 24th, 2008, 12:54 PM   #2
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I don't know how much of the noise was the compression, but to me that is unusable footage.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 01:03 PM   #3
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slowwwwwww server. Still waiting for DL to complete :-\
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Old January 24th, 2008, 02:20 PM   #4
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Bill, sorry about that. It usually downloads pretty fast. Do you know any alternative free upload servers?

Dennis, as there are a lot of people discussing how low can you go lightwise (including myself), I figured I would shoot a test and post a video with the lowest light possible. It is not meant to be put on a commercial or shown to a client, although it would make sense to see such a dark shot in a film, should the situation call for it.
As for the grain, I believe you are seeing compression artifacts. I shot with Gain 0 and +3 which doesn't produce grain. Not that noticeable anyway.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:33 PM   #5
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Everything was either soft looking or out of focus. Makes it hard to tell regarding any low light performance if detail is lost for whatever reasons.

I know there's faster servers & many have been discussed on the forums here. Do a search & you'll find plenty of recommendations.

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Old January 30th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #6
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Agree with Bill. Allot of the footage appeared to be out of focus.

Thought the raw video file may not have had any noise, in order to be used in a film the footage would have to be combined with other scenes and recompressed. If this recompression results in horrible noise; the footage is unusable.

And to tell you the truth I haven't seen very many films where the amount of light was that low. I was under the impression that most night scenes are shot in somewhat well-lit areas and then color-corrected to give them the "night look."
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