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    Saw images from 6 cameras today...
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    Dalsa Origin, Thompson Viper, Sony F950, Arri D20, Panavision 35mm and the Red 0.1 (Since it's not the Red 1 yet).

    I will offer a completely subjective evaluation in order of least to best...

    6.Viper
    5.D20
    4.F950
    3.Dalsa
    2.35mm
    1.Red

    There is a little apples to oranges comparison here because the Red footage was not identical to the other 5 cameras and was being projected at 4k Vs. the others 2k but I did say it was a subjective evaluation.
    However the Red footage stayed fresh in my mind as I watched the ASC/SMTPE screening at the Pickford center and I couldn't help but think OH MY FCUKING GOD! is this really it. The Red footage was perfectly clean in comparison, with all the detail and dynamic range I saw in the 35mm without even a trace of noise in any level of the signal. If anything that's my biggest criticisim, I'll never shoot the Red camera at the native ISO it's just so scary clean as to be a little freaky. Either that or I'll add it later.
    The biggest surprise was how awfull the Viper looked. I think they must have had some back focus issues or something. The Arri D20 was also a dissapointment, very contrasty and grainy, nice DOF though.

    Red reservation holders rejoice, this battle station (Ahem) this Mysterium sensor is now the ultimate power in the universe, I suggest we use it!
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    That's what I'm talking about! I happen to agree with your assessment.

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    The whole digital cinema camera "race" can be rolled into one question: how many gasps were there in their audience?
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    Now put the price tag of each camera listed compared to Red!


     

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    I'm guessing here.

    Camera body only.
    6.Viper $60K
    5.D20 Not available but probably $135k
    4.F950 $90K
    3.Dalsa I have no idea but lets say $100k+
    2.35mm $135K (for an Arricam ST since you can't buy a Panavision)
    1.Red, if you don't know by now you're on the wrong forum.
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    viper= 60 grand for ten minutes
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    Quote Originally Posted by evinsky
    ....The Arri D20 was also a dissapointment, very contrasty and grainy, nice DOF though....
    Can you please define by 'very contrasty', do you mean large dynamic range?


     

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    the comparisons were awful. i dont even think they conducted the tests properly. there were JAGGIES on the FILM projection as well as the 2k projection. the D20 sometimes looked like tthe sharpen filter was on FULL BLAST and othertimes it looked allright. everyone at the ASC seemed like they were either hopeful that RED would fail, or they were so old they didnt even have a clue, or knew how to get online, and so all they do is go to functions like that where they get brainwashed by the corporate mouthpieces. the man from thompson was telling me that, "once you pay for all your accessories etc" on the red camera it will end up being the same price as if i chose to shoot with a viper! it doesnt make any sense. and all these old men were around me, listening and nodding their heads and thinking they were LEARNING information about hot new camera technology (lies?) it was hilarious.

    to a full theater audience during the presentation, "daryn okada" called the red camera the "what color" camera and then said something about santa klaus and how he hasnt "seen" a red camera yet. also one of the cameras they were projecting images from (the sony f-950) has since been TAKEN OFF THE MARKET because of the LEAD in the camera body. i dont see how someone can be so anti red, so hopeful that it fails, and yet be into all these other horrible cameras that give you diseases when you touch them haha. also they said dalsa was not there to take questions because of "illness" which i dont get, how can a whole company become ill, did they touch the sony f-950? da ha.

    all the footage from the "tests" was unsexy girls doing really unsexy stuff with martini's. it was SO funny. red and milk, projected nice, looking good in every way possible, with energetic Ted. --> horrible camera tests, unsexy chicks holding unsexy martinis with jaggies.... and ultra boring, long speeches from unenergetic people ;(

    i could feel the inspiration being sapped from my veins

    i dont understand how everyone at the ASC seemed totally uninformed and hopeful that RED will fail. how can you be a cinematographer and not want red to become the best it can be? how can you be shooting tests of all the digital cameras out there and not be interested in red?

    also, at the red screening, i overheard someone in the aisles afterwards talking about how it was all smoke and mirrors, and how they could never get the camera to really fit inside the body they showed slides of!!!!

    so SONY's camera that was "tested" is not on the market anymore. and the Genesis was not in the tests AT ALL. viper will soon be ViperPlus. Red is around the corner. but hey, they DID say that the sony F-23 will be available (hopefully, it might change) at the end of summer 2007... so we got that going for us... =p

    also the man from arri was showing me the D-20. there is a constantly moving mirror inside, even when on standby mode, so that you can look through the optical viewfinder.. i didnt really understand to be honest, i just smiled and laughed a little because i thought it was a little weird and cool to look into the lens (from the front of the camera) and see the thing spinning. he took that as excitement, and proceeded to tell me how they treated this whole thing "as a film camera" from the very beginning and thats why the mirror is in there, etc... and how its just like an arri 435 in a lot of ways.. well i think that is kind of insane... to make a digital cinema camera and keep it as similar to a film camera as possible. the D-20 is a BEAST. i cant imagine why anyone would want to use it over the viper. the viper is TINY. the D-20 is ridiculous, its humongous, its like a giant film camera, with some moving parts. its insane. i dont get it! red conquers all. and going after a camera as a digital cinema camera, not a film camera, from the beginning, is totally the way to go. long live red. and again, dangerous LEAD in sony's camera!! hahahahahaah
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    I've done tests with many of that cameras (Except for the red...) and I prefer the Viper much more than a F950, a D20 and just below of a panavision genesis...
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    I actually think the whole thing is very sad. Jim and the rest of the people who are working on Red have been very supportive of other cameras yet there is still an obvious distain for the project and perhaps most sadly of all many of these people are professionals within this industry. Jeff Kreines was not treated with the same distain when creating the Kinetta so I just don't get it - even though his camera appears to have been shelved at least for the foreseeable future.

    The only thing I can understand they dislike is the manner in which the camera has been marketed and the typical user that will be adopting it. Many of the people here at DVXUser are referred to as "Cheerleaders" (That one straight out of Jeff Kreines own head) and I don't believe we are seen to represent any significant part of the movie making chain.

    More so than ever I hope and pray everyone at Red will be able to live up to their concepts and deliver something that users, especially those from this board, can adopt, learn and educate others who currently seem so unwilling.

    I think it is very sad that the football mentality of "my team is better than yours" should ever enter the head of a professional within the movie making industry concerning an exciting product such as Red's.

    "Go Team Red" - Removes tongue from proverbial cheerleading cheek!


     

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