Hello everyone. I've been at DVXuser and now am getting ready to graduate to RED. I'm looking for advice on what to buy. I've tried piecing the information from other threads but I still am looking for specific advice, and I'd appreciate any input.
I film mostly documentaries (features and shorts), some music videos (about 5 a year), and I'm looking to do a couple short narrative films this year for myself.
I've been using an HVX200 with Letus Adapter and Nikon lenses. I love this setup except for the bulkiness of the adapter and the light loss.
A light weight setup for handheld filming is ideal. No matte box. No big zooms. On board mic usually. Go between sticks and hand held quickly. i pull my own focus. i'll (probably) be shooting in 2k.
- Should I get a RED One or wait for the Scarlett (I'm guessing i couldn't get one in my hands sooner than the end of the year - which i would miss out on a lot of rental $$)? I definitely need interchangeable lenses.
- I want to use my old lenses. I don't like new lenses (typically). I like gritty and unpolished images. What's a good s16 short zoom lens?
- What accessories should I get? Does the Mantis Rig fully replace the "Production Package" that Red has on their site? EVF or LCD monitor? -- I don't want both. I also want a handle on top, an on-board mic (and possibly light -- i have both), and I'm assuming i shoot shoot on the CF cards. I've done tons of reality TV so the weight of the RED shouldn't bother me.
That's probably more info than you need, but that's my situation. If anyone can give me any advice -- i'd love it.