3 DPs walk into a bar. Bartender asks the first DP what camera he shot his last movie on. He says "35mm film camera. Wouldn't shoot on anything else". Bartender asks the 2nd DP the same question. "Red Epic, best digital cinema camera on the planet". Bartender looks at the 3rd DP and asks him as well. He says "I have no idea. It was a box with a lens attached, and I lit the hell out of the movie. Damn Academy thought it looked pretty good and gave me an Oscar."
Steve is probably on the right track here. Perhaps people are taking issue with the "shootout" part of it but in reality I'm always more interested in what people are able to do with the cameras, whether it's a RED or any other camera. It's why I read ICG magazine, American Cinematographer, etc. There's far more to this than the camera, I think we all acknowledge that but it's too easy to get immersed in the technical specs and not see the ultimate payoff. I know what Epic is capable of. I've seen it first hand. What is really cool is when you see someone do something with the camera that you haven't really seen before. Maybe it's a combination of filtering, or a particular way they light a skin tone, whatever the case may be it's that kind of stuff that gets you excited. I love 5K resolution but I really love the artistic side. I love RAW because it opens up the creative possibilities. RED has so many strengths besides resolution. REDCODE makes it all possible in the form factor. Future proofing is great, and I'm onboard with what Jim and the guys are doing in this regard. But as we all know, nothing is really future proof. Fortunately for us, RED is way ahead of the game in this regard but to write off everyone else completely in the current landscape, I don't know. RED has cleared the path in a lot of ways, but not everyone will need to walk at the same pace.
Anyway, Steve has made this film the way he wanted to make it and I think it's an interesting approach which i will watch and see what I can get out of it. Probably a lot. There are some good DPs in there. As for the shootout part, I believe 100% in self-testing backed by as many other resources as possible to compare results to and come up with an informed analysis.