The Move To HDSLR And Creation Of A 38mm-768mm Lens

“One For The Road” an HDSLR Ski and Snowboard extravaganza from Teton Gravity Research

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It doesn't come as any surprise these days that HDSLRs are working side by side with other types of cameras and we've got another really awesome film to show you from Teton Gravity Research which was shot with a majority of HDSLRs but also includes Red and Phantom. Brian Wulf (who has a home near me but spends a ton of time in Jackson Hole filming action sports) sent us this film. And, keep reading down to the bottom to find out why they're using HDSLRs even tho they have a Red and other cameras.

I was hoping you'd check out our new One for the Road ski/snowboard film trailer. We shoot most of our content with DSLRs, occasionally using Phantom or RED, and take the cameras to some of the most remote and extreme environments around the world. We like to think we are pushing the limit with our toys and hope you think so too. Enjoy.

Description from the Teton Gravity Research page

“One for the Road”, is a ski and snowboard film following some of the world’s most progressive snow sports athletes, documenting their lives on the road, and capturing some of the most stunning riding to date. Road trips are an integral part of every adventurer’s life and a conduit to define one’s being. Journeys to new lands shed light on each skier’s personal mission. Whether shredding with long time ski partners, or meeting a seasoned character in some far off country, wisdom is gained through these new experiences. The road trip is a metaphor for every skiers’ existence.

Shot on location, prepare for a visually stunning voyage generated with Phantom, RED, HDSLR & GoPro footage. Join the athletes as they rock a record breaking season in Jackson Hole, immerse themselves into the culture of Japan’s powder mecca Hokkaido, discover Iceland’s urban side, explore the Baltic wonders of Macedonia and Montenegro, shred deep pillow lines at Baldface Lodge, uncover first descents in Pemberton, BC, and hit full throttle lines in the perfect snow and weather of Juneau, AK.

Join the award, winning producers at Teton Gravity Research, as they embark on the ultimate road trip.

Athletes: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Ian McIntosh, Dylan Hood, Dash Longe, Rachael Burks, Callum Pettit, Griffin Post, Todd Ligare, Chris Benchetler, Shroder Baker, Daron Rahlves, Sven Küenle, , Dana Flahr, Byron Wells, Andreas Hatveit, Rory Bushfield, Nick Martini, Tom Wallisch, Mike Riddle, Erik Roner, Grete Eliassen, Josh Dirksen, Willie Borm

Locations: Japan; Iceland; Macedonia; Montenegro; Pemberton, BC; Baldface Lodge, BC; Jackson Hole, WY; Juneau, AK; Tignes, France; UT; Squaw Valley, CA

Teton Gravity Research’s 2011 Ski And Snowboard Film

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More from the YouTube description

One for the Road is a ski and snowboard film that explores the impact of life on the road as some of the best winter sports athletes travel the globe in pursuit of perfect conditions. We at Teton Gravity Research (TGR) have been making ski films since 1996 and decided this year to do things a little differently. We like to think our company inspires a lifestyle of adventure, but more specifically pushing one’s limits. Over the years it has become evident that the journey is also an integral part in shaping our lives and defining our goals. We wanted to tell this story and so became, One for the Road.

What additionally made this project so special was transitioning our production from film to digital. Four years ago we had a taste of the future when we were given the opportunity to test the RED ONE’s on-snow performance. At that point we knew digital cinema was a real possibility. However, given our style of shooting, it wasn’t practical to haul the RED into the backcountry every day. So we continued shooting film until the advent of the Canon 5D Mark II and eventually the 7D. The flexibility of the little cameras allowed us to join the athletes and push the limits of what we could do as filmmakers.

The shortcomings of HDSLRs have been well documented and we knew sacrifices would result, but ultimately they were part the dream-cameras we were wishing for. The sheer size has allowed us to bring small jibs and dollies to some of the most remote places in Iceland, Japan, Alaska, and even the Arctic Circle. Simply put, they are just more manageable. We also acknowledge that in order to get these cameras to perform like their digital cinema counterparts the size advantage quickly dissipates. Yet stripped down to body and lens the camera still yields outstanding quality. To somewhat recover a benefit from our film days, we retrofitted an Angenieux 12-240 & doubler to work with the new camera. The final product was a lens with a range of 38mm-768mm on the 7D. It quickly became clear the HDSLR was our do-it-all camera.


In the end, 80% of the film was shot with HDSLRs, the other 20% credited to Vision Research’s Phantom and the RED ONE. We are excited to see the evolution of these cameras and believe the next iteration will be just as game changing (or at least we hope).

More on HDSLR selection

In the article mentioned above, they describe why they're using HDSLRs even tho they have Red and other cameras as well as this lens!

Teton Gravity Research has been exploring digital cinema since we first got a RED One camera 4 years ago. Until that point we had shot everything we did on film. The RED showed us that digital cinema was in fact the future of film making. For the next 3 years we shot all of our projects as a mix of film and RED. In August of 2010, we went down to New Zealand to shoot 3 broadcast commercials for The North Face for the 2011 X Games. We decided to forgo film cameras and bring our one RED and a bunch of Canon 7D’s and 5D’s. The experience was life changing. The flexibility of the HDSLR’s and their incredible cinematic picture qualities was mind blowing.

The Move To HDSLR And Creation Of A 38mm-768mm Lens

The Move To HDSLR And Creation Of A 38mm-768mm Lens

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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