Man I know I am late to the game, but this RED PRO 18-85 ZOOM I just picked up in the used section for a feature is just a fantastic zoom lens for the $. Even at $15,000 I think it would be a steal of a lens. Especially when paired with OPITEK handle and Mounts and Support. This lens deserves a lot more credit and people should think twice about buying zooms at 2 -3 x this price and instead put the leftover $ in a pro support gear. FF-4, MB14 6x6 Filters and ESPECIALLY a $5K Microforce Zoom controller and Haden Motor = butter smooth mechanics. Im not seeing any ramping or breathing, just a gorgeous little zoom. (thanks to a sweet Duclos service prior to sale) The zoom is sharp and contrasty and when paired with a digicon and promist filter combo, you can get some wonderful softened facials with detailed, low con images. We shall post pics when production allows.
NOTE: I highly recommend that RED CHANGE the B.T. prices. $$6,000 is stupid cheap and a MUST own ZOOM for that kind of $.
Why are they discounted 40%? $9,995 for NEW is an absolute steal and this is no RPZ 18-50 by any means. This is a PRO Lens. I think $25% off new is a more appropriate refurbished price. $6K is too low. :)