I can't believe I am saying this, but I am considering taking Jim up on his offer to hold off delivery of the camera until all the needed elements are available.
In my case that would be the Nikon mount, the EVF, RED Drive and REDCine for Windows.
I am not like a lot of you guys, we are a small production company in St. Louis and while we do ok, we're not loaded with cash. The "boyish" side of me wants my toy A.S.A.P. while the "business owner" side does not want to be waisting time with anything less than a fully working camera.
I am starting with the Nikon mount because, to be honest, I am not a film person and I do not feel I have a strong enough grasp of the differences pertaining to 35mm lenses vs the B4s I am used too. It would be stupid of me to go out and spend $5,000+ on glass when I don't really know what I am looking for. Also, many rental clients are going to want glass for their projects I will have to rent anyway. The Nikon mount will allow me to go to a camera store in the area, and start putting on lenses and seeing the difference. I will learn this way without going broke.
I know we're supposed to be in a "sweet time" to rent these things out and get them into the market place before a lot of other people, but truthfully, I need a complete package to feel confident in my delivery to the people that pay me.
Now, lucky for me, I am not due to take delivery for another 7-8 weeks, so it's possible that most if not all of what I need will be available by then. However, since Jim and the boys do not have time to post a release schedule on the items I have listed above, the only intelligent thing I can do is assume they are not coming anytime soon until I am told differently.
I am bummed.. I was and still am very excited about RED, but I simply cannot take time out of my day to work with 1/2 a camera. I have sports clients that want interviews done but there's no way an 8gig CF card will do it. I need RedDrive.
Anyway, that's where I am today. I hope things change, but I won't know until they do.