Go Figure: New York Times Shooting Phantom Cameras

NYT tennis
You recall that fancy 1000 frames per second cinema camera called the Phantom that I love so much (that was the feature camera from this project)? Well they’ve got a new one out…the Phantom Flex and it shoots 1250 fps now at full 1080 HD.

Well the New York Times Magazine (that’s right, editorial….) is shooting motion these days. Renowned Director of Photography there, Kathy Ryan, hired photographer Dewey Nicks to shoot some tennis stars.

Although not “new”, this is beautiful stuff. And best of all, they are using this badass camera in the editorial context. Gotta love that. Gotta. Freakin. Loveit.

NYT doesn’t allow embeds of the vids, so check them out HERE.

Another screen shot after the jump…

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alluremm says:

The Phantom @ a price range of $50k – $150k is not bad. I have cinema acquaintance over seas sitting on a $750k+ camera after the studio folded which is quickly becoming obsolete… 2yr cycles have turned into 2mo cycles.

James says:

holy crap – that’s amazing. The human form as it goes through the stressors of the game – simply astounding.

Makes you appreciate the form and motion of the human body. It’s as if every movement is a symphony in itself.

Jules says:

Now that’s an expensive editorial shoot. I know those Phantoms are damn expensive to rent ($3000-4000 per day). Not to mention you must have a certified operator when renting them.

Pam says:

As a photographer and tennis freak I have to say F*&$#k yeah. Amazing. Really beautiful.

The BBC do this loads during their coverage of Wimbledon, and they record the images live during the games. I’m not sure what the speed of recording is, but it’s very very slow motion and it looks amazing.

Terence Tam says:

You know, I keep telling my boss we need one at work, for filming “drop tests”. He just laughs.

(Casio EX-F1 is about the only commercially priced camera that can do HS Videos. BTW, how much does it cost to *rent* one of these bad boys for a day?)

Bertrand says:

I’ve seen that! Splendid! Yeah Kim Clijster from Belgium :o)

amber snow says:

holy crap that is awesome.

How could you not love it!!!!
I watched those vids about 5 times just now lol. I’m such a nerd..
But the direction of where everything is head scares me a bit but it’s a good scare because so much creativity just ran through my mind for new shoots. I’ve been shooting crazy here with new works in the shell Chase. My time to shine is coming soon. But keep things like this coming to add to my hustle big bro!


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favian says:

the video is amazing. i love the way the camera captures every aspect of the body in motion. it’s beautiful.

Sam says:

amazing pics

Alex cornes says:

Chase…. You Americans are lagging! Last week I assisted the DOP on a shoot for Lacoste trainers with the Photron camera. Thats the 2000 frames per second HD 1080P camera. We were also shooting with 99,000W lights…

Need I say more.

Publius says:

Lagging? America has had cameras capable of 10000 fps since the forties :)
They were used to film atomic test detonations, which amount to 80 trillion watt-second flashes.

g says:

gotta figure how the still images turns out. noisy? or totally badass?
1250 FPS…. what a crazy shutter speed.
looking for more infos on that one, that’s insane!


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