Incredible 52 Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera “Matrix” surfing setup!

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We've seen some pretty incredible stuff lately, but how about this set up of 52 Canon EOS 5D Mark II (we've been notified that they're NOT 5D2s) cameras working together to make a “Matrix” like movie move for the Rip Curl surfing site? Stunning! I've always loved that look of moving around a frozen image of something really in motion and to see it done for surfing is just outstanding. It doesn't hurt that they used my favorite camera either.

UPDATE: Based on the comment below – I would have to agree… they aren't Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs but likely older 40Ds or maybe Canon Rebel T1i/500D cameras. There is a spot in the video where the gentleman says “Canons” and they sure look like either 40D or T2i cameras. Definitely not 5D2s. We apologize for not looking closely enough, we'll be a bit more careful next time.

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I highly recommend watching it on 720HD setting.

From the youtube post:

Early in 2010, in collaboration with Timeslice Films, we (Rip Curl) took on an ambitious world first in surfing as part of a campaign shoot in Malaysia's Sunway Lagoon Wavepool. Capturing the surfing of Mick, Steph, Owen and Wilko with 52 cameras all at once. You've seen the Matrix right? Well, this is the same technology applied to surfing.

The footage above will give you an idea of what went into the shoot; the dramas, the results and footage that hasn't been seen in a format like this. Ever.


Now, to add to the excitement, the makers put together this BTS video to tease you even more – tho I imagine the headaches from a 4 hour rain storm made the whole shoot a bit more stressful!

Now, wouldn't that be fun to play with? [source: hypebeast via a tip on twitter from @Vince_Believer]

(Photo credit: snap from the video)

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  2. Those aren’t 5D MkII’s.
    Among other things, the mode dial is on the wrong side of the body, they have pop up flashes, and they have cursor buttons instead of a jog wheel on the back.

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      Yikes! You’re right. I didn’t even question the description on the video – but looking at stills from the video, you’re right.

      1. As far as I can determine, the only model with matching left button layout, mode dial and LCD is the old 400D / Xti

        What the hey, it only has to be 1920 x 1080 px for HD video. Worked really well…excellent effect.

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  6. 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 >

    Thanks again

    on behalf of Rip Curl

  7. For cinema purposes I’d love to see time advancing as the image rotates. In super slow mo. This could be done with this system by staggering the shutter firing slightly. You could also gen lock a bunch of HD cams at a high frame rate. I’m not really sure if high speed cams have gen lock. A work around might exist involving Twixtor. This would be a great shot as your villen get’s it in the end. I think it would look even better if time didn’t freeze completely.

  8. Hi Russ,

    You’re correct, the array we used for this shoot consisted of 52 EOS / Xti 400D’s

    Thanks for all the feedback, working with Rip Curl has been fantastic & this has been one of our most exciting projects to date.

    on behalf of TimeSlice Films

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  10. Incredible, thanks for sharing. I’ve often found some of the best cinematography in the world is in surfing. I recommend “Step Into Liquid” and “Riding Giants” in particular.

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