Dragon comes out when it comes out ... My M-Dragon "Megatron" will be a beast and that's all I care about...
My Epic-X Monochrome (name still secret) is a beast and a half just like the MX sensor...
I have learned so much exploring digital tech, a lot of this credit deserves to go to my mentors and fellow shooters whom all offered advice when I was much younger.
I read an article from one of my favorite musicians, I wont name him because I don't agree with him. He said, and did I believe only want to view analog prints of films.
What I suggested in New York to Kodak (and my class @ NYU) back in 2009 was the following: restructure so that you can do a film print and squeeze out of film based capture because it's so expensive from A-->B-->C ... I am still relatively young so I understand the stubbornness some big companies and people have. Also, it's not my business to run, but where are we, Fuji is down... Kodak will make film to order in the future (they say) ... Viability as a place to store a digitally captured image was where my head was at... Now -- another boon in tech and we may have drives that will be better and safer than a film print for long term storage (it's just a matter of time).
What are we left with, well, how's it's projected... There is something that always seems better about something which is older, be is black and white films (which I freakin' love), Vinyl, Reel-To-Reel audio capture (Nagra),... But, things get better - so much so that I wager most of the films shot with RED DIGITAL CAPTURE, if colored-exposed-treated the right way, will look any way you want it to look.
There are purists out there, I get that... Hell, I shot my final project @TheVancouverFilmSchool of super-16 with Zeiss-Mark III super-speeds thanks to my instructor. I could do much better now, but what I learned from that experience served me well, and also informed me of what looks cinematic, at least to me.
I wont name other camera companies, but RED looks so cinematic to me, and if I had the money would I toy with a 35mm out print... Maybe, but probably not at this point.
I could get into way more technical stuff, which I did in an essay but I wont, these are some of the big decisions even large studios have to make. What is the best fit for you... I know the answer for me, and I am happy an incredible Canadian and an American got together to create something which will help me make sure my family and it's legacy stays safe.
Monochrome-X photos to come next week.