Low light and fashion
Cinematographer Tom Faehrmann was given the opportunity to test an ALEXA prototype in two very different shooting environments. This is what he had to say:
"I recently had the chance to shoot a number of tests with an ALEXA prototype. We shot various subjects in order to see how the camera would behave in different situations. First, we filmed a violin maker at work in a small town close to Neuschwanstein. We arrived with a truck full of lighting equipment, but ended up shooting with only what we found in his workshop: two 100 W desk lamps. Since ALEXA has a true and completely noise free ISO of 800, the light we captured looks natural and authentic.
ALEXA is the first digital camera with a dynamic range that is equivalent to film, while it is far better than analog systems in terms of 'fine grain' - all this in a camera body that is the size of a 16 mm camera. ALEXA handles very much like a typical ARRI camera: it feels solid, well made and everything is exactly where I would expect it to be.
Tom Faehrmann takes ALEXA out again, this time to the set of a still photography fashion shoot by cinematographer and photographer Oliver Maier.
For the second test shoot we visited a friend of mine - cinematographer and photographer Oliver Maier - at the Goldberg Studios during a fashion shoot. I was curious about how ALEXA would handle skin tones. In the past I have not been very happy with the way that digital cameras handle this, but the ALEXA maintained even the finest details while producing absolutely convincing skin tones.
I am very enthusiastic about the images from ALEXA: finally a digital image that is capable of reproducing organic structures in an adequate fashion! This is a significant step for the use of digital cameras in high end feature film productions."
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