Frank Villafane recently asked 2 Guys Photo for some advice in looking for a good low-light performer for event photography. He specifically asked about the Sony NEX 6, and although I replied directly to Frank, I thought I’d share some of the photos I took recently that demonstrate the camera’s low light capabilities.
Just before Christmas we attended a performance put on by the choir of a small, local church, which has always been a very nice way to get into the Christmas spirit. The choir performed from the altar of the church, great for acoustics, but not so much for lighting, as the direct overhead lamps cast uneven light, creating shadows and bright spots randomly about.
Flash was out of the question, so using the Sony NEX 6 and the Sony 55-210 zoom lens, I set out to see what I could do. I also used Lightroom on all of these to bring up the shadows and even out the light. Some cropping was also done.
Aperture priority, f/4.5, 1/20 second, handheld, ISO 3200. Noise is acceptable here.
Aperture priority, f/6.3, 1/160 second, handheld, ISO 6400. Too much noise to make this a keeper.
Aperture priority, f/4.5, 1/50 second, handheld, ISO 3200. Taken during intermission, this holds up until you really zoom in.
Manual exposure, f/4.5, 1/25 second, ISO 1600. Taken from the choir loft and resting the camera on the rail.
Manual exposure, f/6.3, 1/25 second, ISO 3200. Also taken from the choir loft.
Overall, the images up to 3200 were decent and the image stabilization in the 55-210 did an admirable job. While this is no fast prime set up, it did the trick in this setting.
Let us know what you decided Frank.