I wanted a fun and interesting place to shoot the Sony a7s II while I have it here for review, and Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in Niagara Falls seemed like a great spot. Not only was there lots of great photo ops with some REALLY famous people, but the lighting was mixed, dim, and a great place to test the famed high ISO performance of the a7s II.
Paired with the Sony a7s II for the Waxworks tour was the Sony 24-70mm F4 Vario-Tessar T* FE OSS, a lens which is turning out to be quite a nice lens to shoot with.
The Batman exhibit was fantastic. The wax characters of Michael Keaton as Batman, Jim Carey as the Riddler, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman were some of the most realistic and true to life looking in the building.
Even better, the Sony a7s II delivered in spades for high ISO, low noise, image quality. Just look at how clean these images of Batman, the Riddler, and Catwoman are at 102,400 ISO. Simply mind-blowing. It was only a few years back that I wouldn’t have expected to get images this clean at as low as 3200 ISO. Astonishing!
The Catwoman display was awesome, as was the image quality from the a7s II. Look at the quality of the above image, how little noise there is, and how well the detail is preserved. Hard to believe this was shot at 102,400 ISO!
Again, look at the level of detail and over-all low noise in this headshot of Catwoman. The Sony a7s II is performing some truly technical magic here.
I loved this display of Jack Nicholson from the Shining. Made me realize I’m over-due to sit down and watch it again.
Look at how low the noise is in this photo of Sigourney Weaver from the Alien movies. There is next to know noise evident, even in the shadow areas, yet the level of detail retained is excellent.
Over-all, the Sony a7s II performed amazingly well during my tour of the Waxworks. Focus was generally swift and accurate, with only a minimal amount of missed shots, and the white balance and image quality was notably excellent.
Again, look at how clean this headshot of Jason is. Detail is great, noise is almost non-existent. Incredible for 102,400 ISO.
I’m not really in the market for a high-end, low-noise camera, but I have to tell you, once you shoot with the Sony a7s II for a while in low-light, you start getting a serious case of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome).
Even Charlie Manson, who was in a particularly dimly lit horror display area, was no match for the high ISO abilities of the a7s II.
The green color you see here in this shot of Frankenstein, is actually dead-on, as the Horrors area where he was situated was lit with various colored spotlights.
Again, look at how clean this shot of the Mummy is. The noise level just blows me away when I think about the fact that this was shot at 102,400 ISO!
And of course, I had to get a shot of this Life Mask of my writing mentor, Stephen King, the Master of Horror himself. This was lit at a little higher level than the previous few photos, but it’s clean as a whistle with regard to noise. Incredible! (Somebody stop me from buying my own Sony a7s II 🙂
The tour of Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks was fun, and it was a great place to shoot. The Sony a7s II performed wonderfully, and I’m really enjoying my time with the little Sony low-light King. The Sony 24-70mm F4 Vario-Tessar T* FE OSS lens performed well too, and I have no complaints. In fact, the two make quite a nice pair. One doesn’t mind shooting an f4 zoom lens when it’s on a body that has almost no limitations when it comes to high ISO. 🙂
Stay tuned for more on the Sony a7s II coming soon…
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