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52 Canon DSLR Cameras Used for Matrix-Style Surfing Shots

Surf wear maker Rip Curl recently teamed up with Timeslice Films for an ambitious project of shooting surfers in “bullet-time“, the effect that many people first saw in The Matrix. They used a crazy camera array of 52 Canon 5D Mark II Rebel DSLRs in order to capture the same shot from 52 different angles, stringing them together for the final footage.

Here’s the finished video:

To see what they did, check out this awesome behind-the-scenes video they created:

(via planet5D)


Update: As many have pointed out in the comments, the cameras used were not 5D Mark IIs, but Rebels. Oops.


 
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  • http://twitter.com/dancarrphoto dancarrphoto

    Pretty sure they aren’t 5d MKIIs though. Looks like a 7d as they have pop up flash.

    Still cool though…

  • http://joegomezphoto.com Joe Gomez

    those aren’t even 7d’s, the dial would be on the other side…

  • Jackfriels

    ssshhh when they put 5d in the title everyone clicks on it!!!

  • offski

    Those cameras look like they have a pop-up flash. 5Ds do not.

  • Russ

    They’re 400D’s…or “XT” depending on the market.

    Really good video effect though.

  • Zeamonkey

    would be cool if they actually had kept the movement goin (vdo) and not just use stills for the matrix effect..and definately not 5dm2s

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  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Haha. Good theory ;-)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    You’re right everyone. We passed on erroneous info from the article we first came across this on without looking closely at the cameras themselves. Thanks for catching that!

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    You’re right everyone. We passed on erroneous info from the article we first came across this on without looking closely at the cameras themselves. Thanks for catching that!

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Yeah a slight delay with each shot could have given it a different interesting effect =)

  • Lincoln c/o Rip Curl

    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the all comments, we’re really stoked you’re digging the project. We had a lot of fun working on it and are really happy with the results.

    Also, thanks for the pick up on the cameras, we have since corrected the press release that is going out.

    We have created a little site for it if you wanted to see more of what it’s all about > http://www.ripcurl.com.au/mirage

    Thanks again

    Lincoln
    on behalf of Rip Curl

  • student

    I own both. These are 5dM2s for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/KazamMedia Richard Horsfield

    Pretty awesome. I love the way that technology is allowing us to be so much more creative – and I also love the way that people can comment to the creators of the content to affect future projects, awesome.
    Now, where did I put the other 51 cameras that I need?…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seth-Trittipoe/100001514300188 Seth Trittipoe

    No they are not, they have pop up flashes, the 5DMKIIs dont. I own all three…5D mkII, 7D, and a Rebel XTi.

    They do not have a dial on the left side, no scroll wheel on the back, no live view button, the LDC screens are smaller, it has a d-pad on the back. and the view finder is small as shit, like the XTis

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seth-Trittipoe/100001514300188 Seth Trittipoe

    No they are not, they have pop up flashes, the 5DMKIIs dont. I own all three…5D mkII, 7D, and a Rebel XTi.

    They do not have a dial on the left side, no scroll wheel on the back, no live view button, the LDC screens are smaller, it has a d-pad on the back. and the view finder is small as shit, like the XTis

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seth-Trittipoe/100001514300188 Seth Trittipoe

    Great concept and imagery! Love the effect

  • http://photo.popmonkey.com popmonkey

    this effect was utilized long before the Matrix in Michel Gondry’s video for the Rolling Stones cover of “Like a Rolling Stone”…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziRR5h3b4YU

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    Great!

  • Hummy

    Noone said that in Matrix that effect was used first. But many people first saw it in Matrix and honestly, it was the movie which made this popular.

  • 1Kis

    I just realized they use SIGMA Lenses….it might be the 30mm f1.4?

  • http://twitter.com/Larryphoto Larry Lourcey

    That is so bad-ace! Always wondered how they did that.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-McKinlay/627541538 Grant McKinlay

    Hey that’s Sun City!

  • RWS

    Video at the first end, 1/100 second delay between the stills, and video at the other end. Now that would be a nice effect.

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    Thank for sharing.

  • Jura98

    cooooool :)

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  • Wanderingbear

    Good to see “the making of it ”
    But, really the guys talking about the amazing technology in ……  a pair of shorts(!) need to get out more in the real world……52 cameras & Sh*t-loads of computing – thats technology for you.
    Fab!

  • Wanderingbear

    Good to see “the making of it ”
    But, really the guys talking about the amazing technology in ……  a pair of shorts(!) need to get out more in the real world……52 cameras & Sh*t-loads of computing – thats technology for you.
    Fab!

  • fdf

    You’re an idiot if you own them, since the 5D has no pop up flash for starters!