Since i'm not one for pacing out posts, I will try and make this as short and sweet as possible. As far as I am aware with the RED scarlet there will be essentially 2 choices available to anyone wanting to buy a 2/3 chip camera:
(a) - A complete kit with a fixed lens. (~$5,000 after you bought a spare memory card)
(b) - An incomplete kit with no lenses at all. (~$11,000 after you buy the primes & very essential accessories / ~6,000 without RED primes)
I find myself in a dilemma when considering the options available to me... As a student I tend to film low budget productions, every spare penny always goes towards extra lights, gels, filters or indeed most importantly - time! As a cinematographer I much prefer to shoot on primes, especially as you get a lot better quality for your money. However I have to consider if in this scenario it is really worth it! Also, in turn this brings me on to my second dilemma - I am not awfully fond of RED lenses. (This would also pose a problem for the fixed zoom, although hopefully RED are paying extra attention to making it excel).
Now, here is the flip side to the coin. In the event where lenses are not an issue, in your (the general readers of this post) opinion, would you think it would be worth paying ~$7,000 for the cinema system, utilising a mix match of expensive still lenses?
My only problem with using still lenses:
-breathing (not such a big issue for me as I am mainly using primes)
-lower quality? / Is this debatable depending on the quality of the still lens? I know it cuts out the FoV of the lens, but surely a really decent stills prime would perform better than the fixed on 7x?
-iris width doesn't reset until shutter is released on some still lenses (or until you reset f stop).
-harder to pull focus
But would I be willing to sacrifice all this to tie me over until I get a better set of lenses for the cinema system!?
As a cinematographer I seriously value being able to choose a set of lenses for a shoot (even if its rental), I feel its a big part of doing what I do! Man this is a choice I hoped I would never have to make... Short term or Long term satisfaction.
Edit: By the way, first post - Hello everyone!