To be honest, my camera actually arrived 3 weeks ago, but I didn't want to post here without having some proper footage to show of it :)
First, I would like to thank the Red Team for making this unbelievable camera. Its expensive, its way beyond what I thought I could afford but this truly is it: the ultimate guerrilla cinema camera. Jim, Jarred, Ted, Graeme, Rob, Brent, everyone from the team, a big, big congratulations and a bow for pushing boundaries in this field. A very big thank you for the excellent service my rep Nick has done throughout the whole ordering process, as well as my former rep Kris, who was also excellent.
Going into such a big purchase I had to think a lot about the pros and the cons about the camera. Being a reduser for the past 3 years has allowed me to learn a lot about the workflow and experiences both with the Red One and the Epic. I was initialy intended of going Scarlet, but decided to go big or go home and went Red Epic. (I have to thank fellow member Kaku Ito for the incentive to go Epic- Thanks Kaku!)
I was called crazy by many over here by doing this investment. But it is what I love to do. Probably I'm not going to get my money back with this, since the local market is too small for this type of gear or productions, but, then again, isn't the place you love, the stories you want to tell worth a commitment and sacrifice of this sort?
Anyway, fellow production friends familiar with the Epic (I had never seen one in person since its arrival) where saying it was impossible to operate solo, it was a camera that was overwhelming, I needed a very big team to do anything worthwhile. Also read and followed with some concern the Phillip Bloom Saga and the film he worked on about both PAL 25p shooting (I'm in a PAL town) as well as low light performance. However, I was confident with going red, because of this wonderful community, the inspiring words and enthusiasm from the red team over here, and because every day I was seeing more and more beautiful content produced by red productions.
Well, enough talk. I placed an order for the Epic as early as I could, and the camera arrived 3 weeks ago. Bellow is the first test shoot I did with X2029 " Lilau" to formally introduce it to you all. Shot this solo, traveling around town with a lowepro shoulder bag with a lightweight manfrotto tripod with a 503 head and a couple of Canon Lenses. Some shots were taken handheld. Camera setup: side-handle, Canon Ti Mount, 5" Touch LCD.
(EDIT- Thanks, Evin!)
Small Color correction in redcine X and a small touch of Magic Bullet looks for certain shots. No noise reduction used. The weather has been absolutely terrible these last 3 weeks, with no sunshine and very foggy. But it made for some nice low light and night shots.
Thank you again, red team!
Sergio Perez, proud owner of Epic X2029 "Lilau"