But I understand your point. Other camera coming out can match RED at a better price at a single point. But no other camera has the total package at the price or the quality.
I now own an R1, an Epic, and a mountain of RED gear. Love it all.
But maybe it's my extensive software and app development background barking at me. When a product reaches Upgrade EOL (End Of Life) status, it's typical for a vendor to announce such things so the customers can make prudent decisions about investing in hardware, transitioning/phasing hardware, addressing future needs, and all sorts of other things.
This isn't in dispute here; (1) RED has been very good to all of us customers. Particularly good to anyone that took the plunge early (Epic-M, R1). (2) No one is asking for anything free. (3) The Epic is amazing and I hope no one things their R1 can turn into an Epic or a Dragonized Epic. I know I don't. But is there upgrade life after MX? Or are we at UEOL on the R1?
If it's already been addressed (as you say in the last 24 hours), I haven't come across that thread, interview video, or wherever else it may be yet. Great if so. I wouldn't have made 3 comments in this thread about it if after each someone else hadn't come along and acted like I'm begging for a handout or ungrateful. F'sake, I'm well-in and happy. This is informational.
On my Epic side... I cannot wait for the Dragon upgrade. We are using high speed for human motion projects almost every day now and I can tell you absolutely, that 120 FPS at 5K will be put to extremely good use. Thanks all.
Rob, Jim has confirmed that R1 is EOL. He said the upgrade path is Epic. This was stated in the past 24 hours.
As a R1 owner, I would have been intrigued by an upgrade path to Dragon, but to be honest I was not really expecting it and Jim had indicated on a few occasions that it probably wouldn't be available for all cameras in the lineup.
What I am curious about and perhaps others are as well is how much further development will go on for R1. It's a pretty solid camera right now. I think they found it difficult, or perhaps taking up too many resources to get the new color science into R1 firmware. Other than that, I think there's only so much they'll be willing to soak into 5 year old technology. Maybe some maintenance firmware here and there, but not expecting anything major.
I'm in the camp that is at peace with what was done for early adopters. I was given the chance to upgrade my R1 in a great deal. Based on how things are structured with the business, I didn't need to do it and kept the R1 because I like the camera and want to hold onto it.
But the simple answer without going back to past comments is that R1 is not going to be upgraded to Dragon. Here is Jim's quote.
not sure what you guys are talking about, but RC3 and RC3 is coming to RED ONE...
Actually, looking back on that post they said it would not be easy, but that they were looking into it and they would keep us posted. So, I probably jumped to the wrong conclusion there. You know what happens when you assume....I will take the hits like a man. :-)
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