Hi guys, im just posting my ruminations about which model to buy. I originally posed this question in the general DSMC forum/Pick your Brains poll. I thought i'd expand on it ever so slightly here and, well, it's more appropriate to pose this question in the SCARLET forum.
Here's my predicament:
-I would love to buy the S35 SCARLET for it's resolution and compatability with a wide variety of still lenses that I can buy while giving me the flexibility to rent good cine glass for higher profile projects.
-However, I can get the 2/3 Fixed Lens SCARLET for much cheaper, I can shoot out the box and perhaps most crucially it can shoot at 150fps in burst mode.
-Sure, the 2/3 SCARLET CINE would let me use whatever 16mm and 2/3 lenses i need and thus be alot more flexible and "professional" however the prices of good 16mm/HD Fujinon lenses would mean that I could only rent them instead of owning a set of primes or a zoom. Sure there are the RED mini primes but I have no idea what so ever as to what they will eventually cost.
-Since the 2/3 Fixed Lens SCARLET has a substantially different design that the rest of the DSMC line I'm not sure if it will be compatable with all the modules required for a proper cine setup. i.e I doubt that I can build up the Fixed Lens 2/3 SCARLET and then just buy another brain later on.
-The S35 SCARLET is the first model to ship however the massive initial demand, the model's apparent popularity and RED's "fashionably late" delivery times mean that I probably won't get one until the winter at best....which is when the 2/3 Fixed Lens SCARLET is due...
Any ideas guys? I mainly shoot music videos and short films with an eye to shooting a feature within the next 2 years.
So which model to buy? To be perfectly honest none of the content I make within the next few years will go beyond TV and the Web. Even if I'm insanely lucky and my feature gets picked up it'll be straight to dvd.
I'm in the process of leaving my job as the manager of programming for a prominent IPTV channel because I'm young and have no dependants: it's the best time to strike out really.
The problem is, i probably wont be able to get my hands on a SCARLET until next winter so I need to buy a camera in the mean time: the obvious choice is the Sony PMW-EX3 (which I use on a daily basis at my current job), however it does come at a steep price and I'm afraid the re-sell value will drop like a stone when the SCARLET becomes available.
Just a little info on myself:
I'm 23, went to film school, have been working in this job for the past year and a half. Before that I directed music videos and worked as a pa, spark, grip, editor, camera op, sound recordist on a number of films.
Ive directed shoots in over 10 countries from America (Las Vegas) to Taiwan (Taipei) in conditions ranging from the searing desert to Zero Gravity (in a parabolic flight over Las Vegas; what a crazy town- perfect for the RED RANCH :) :) :) )
I currently own a Braun Nizo s8mm camera, A Bolex 16mm camera on the motion side, a bunch of old Russian and Canon SLR 35mm SLR's, a Holga and Diana F+ medium format Lomo cameras on the stills side.
I've also operated a whole load of miniDV and DV cameras, Sony HDW-750p, Arri SRII amongst other cameras as well as the RED ONE :)
So I feel that I can cope with the S35 SCARLET's feature set, it's just the high price (for me) and maximum fps of 75 that make the 2/3 option more attractive.
So which camera should I buy?
Should I get an EX3 in the meantime and hope that I can sell it off when the time comes?
Am I crazy for quitting working for "the man" and going solo? :D