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#1 Bern Caughey

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 03:34 PM

We have a documentary coming up where the Director has requested we shoot segments at 1000+ fps in remote, & likely rough, locations in Africa, & India.

The shots will not be repeatable, & we'll be working with a skeleton crew.

Suggestions?

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#2 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 05:50 PM

Outside of renting something like a Phantom? Call Mitch at Abel in NY.

Or Photo-sonics has some very fast film cameras.
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#3 Bern Caughey

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 09:52 PM

Outside of renting something like a Phantom?


Phantom, & Weisscam, are the systems that come to mind, but I'm wondering if there's another better suited to this job.

We've contacted Clairmont, & Abel/LA. Neither rents both systems so couldn't offer a comprehensive comparison, still speaking to Mitch is a good idea.

I'm also hoping to get user's thoughts too.

The film is for an NGO so I need to minimize cost, & travel as light as possible.

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Edited by Bern Caughey, 14 October 2011 - 09:55 PM.

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#4 K Borowski

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 10:47 PM

Far be it for anyone to even consider working with 16- or 35mm, but I think I have a camera lying in the garage that a friend lent me that goes that high. Used to shoot missile launches? A fellow enthusiast was given I think a 35mm model, Wollensak (sp?) that similarly lies around doing nothing.


There's a huge stockpile of old surplus scientific cameras that you can probably HAVE if you find them, and of course you'll want to test them thoroughly; I guess it depends how much footage you're going to shoot though.


There are severe problems that can pop up when sand, 35mm film, heat, dust, dirt, and 1000 FPS (film is moving at 40MPH/65km/h) occur in tandem.

At the same time, the cost of film, process, scan, would probably be miniscule if it's just a few inserts and you get the camera for free.
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 01:01 AM

The IDT Y5-HDiablo might be a little cheaper and I know it goes over 1000fps.
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#6 Bern Caughey

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:45 PM

Thanks for your thoughts.

Demoed Phantom's, & Weisscam's offerings & have an appointment with the HDIablo.

Compared to their quirks, film seems a sweet option, but I don't think the numbers would work on this production.

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