Cineflex Low-Light Test

The Cineflex V-14 is an old friend of mine. Most people were introduced to it on Planet Earth when it produced astonishing stabilized long-lens images of wildlife in a way that had never been seen before. Since then I’ve used it on aerial and wildlife projects and recently I was pleased to get my hands on a Agile-Cine modified system that replaced the Sony HD system with a Red Helium body and Canon 50-1000 lens.

I’m currently working on another polar bear film and one of our challenges is capture the bears at dusk and in low-light. Red has recently released the Gemini- a 5K camera with dual-iso settings that trades resolution for low-light performance, and it’s VERY close to the Helium in terms of size and weifght.

Close isn’t enough however in a system where (as designer Daniel Zatz puts it) “a gram makes a difference”. So- would it work in the Helium housing in the real world?

We strapped it into the back of a pickup truck one rainy night in Vancouver and drove around in search of the local wildlife. Take a look!

While we’re still testing, this marks an exciting development in what we can do with the Cineflex in lower-light conditions. The 50-1000 lens is a great tool but it’s light-hungry and the Gemini’s high sensitivity will help deal with this.

It also means that it’ll be at least an extra hour before we run out of light and can head home for dinner at the end of the day…

Special thanks to Martin Lorimer for the assistance and enthusiasm!

Ian Kerr