I have shot in the dark many many times with RED cameras, but just before any complex night shoot I always test lenses & cameras I want to use during the tec recci, just to see what lights I may need to suport me.
In this case.. not many.
Last night I decided that I was to push the cameras a bit harder than usual, just so I could see what could be retrieved from RCX PRO using multiple different color / gamma settings.
My base was 320 and some 800 ( 800 was set in the camera only so I could register something on the split monitor ) it was alot darker than it looked.
If you could imaging this... all of these shots were a lot darker than what you see before you... and what we retrieved from RCX pushing the curves only are the shots you see below. Grain never worries me until it gets distracting, but i'm honestly amazed with what we go considering how dark it really was out there last night.
I use to grade from REDLOGFILM or REDLOG base settings for dark shots like this, but I was getting better results from just leaving the color setting on REDGAMMA 3.
So to all the people that email me worried about shooting in the dark of night.... don't worry, Shooting in the dark is wonderful...