• Have broken 4 wingnuts so far. Each time it renders a universal mount or a Red Handle unusable. Good thing I have several backups of each but I'm running out. Also besides that, tightening the Red Handles is pretty difficult when it shouldn't be. I am wishing the wingnuts were bigger so I could get a nicer grip on them, but really I think the Handles should just have a better way of tightening. I saw someone else on the boards say they wished the Red Handles required an allan wrench because then at least they could get it nice and tight and know for sure it was good to go, but I think a non allan wrench solution would be better. I don't see why we should ever use an allan wrench with most of the parts of this camera.
• The release on the battery plate needs some kind of SAFETY. Just being able to press the battery plate against something (my body when I'm operating) and have the battery pop off is unacceptable to me, and also has been stressing me out, now I am always so conscious of my body and making sure not to get near the plate, its absurd to have to think of that kind of stuff when you are operating a camera and trying to focus on what's going on through the lens. It would be great if you had to lift something and THEN push the battery release button for example (I don't know, but some kind of two-stage, double protected way of releasing the battery is sorely needed). I have accidentally popped the battery off three times so far on my shoot, and I am already extremely aware of this and always trying not to do it. The other operator has done it twice. I can't stress enough how careful we are. We are shooting in cramped quarters a lot of the time with our bodies pressed against the camera.
• The camera does not alert me when a battery is about to die. The camera just dies when the battery runs out. Am I the only one?
• Small Kip locks seem like a damn fine idea for those Side Handles. When I want to do a quick re-adjustment on the rails, it's all so fast with the wingnuts but then I have to get the allan wrench out to loosen the side handle before I can proceed with my quick re-adjustment, totally unnecessary speedbump in my opinion.
• Camera 116 was just serviced and lubed up and sent back to me in ONE DAY which was amazing and awesome of RED to do. It performed flawlessly all day but then tonight it said INITIALIZING forever until we decided to cut the power and wait a minute and then try again, same thing happened. It was a necessary two camera shoot, and having it frozen like that was a bummer for sure. We just got home and tried again and it boots up properly. I wish it was doing that during our shoot.
So there are the only notes I have for the Red Team. I think the first two are seriously necessary. The "endless initializing" problem though I would like to know if anyone else has encountered. Is it linked to anything?
Question: when using Red Drives do you have to unmount them before powering down the camera?
I apologize if this post is harsh sounding. But it's been one long day, and some things seriously need to be taken care of, and I'm sure Red already knows everything I just mentioned but I thought it should be posted regardless.
Final NOTE: this camera is finally letting me do what I've always wanted to do. We shot for hours today uninterrupted, all improvised material, we filmed all the rehearsals, some of which will now end up in the final cut thanks to this camera. It was completely amazing. Like Soderbergh my hyperbole can't even describe how amazing the camera is, and what a dream it is working with it instead of film.