I want to share my thoughts on shooting stills with Scarlet, because at first i thought i'll never use the 5k-mode, but looking at my R3D-files i realized that i use it more often.
I've made a preset that comes close to fill all my needs. It simply does this:
- REC-button on side-handle: half-press = single AF, full press = start recording, release = stop recording
(I leave the REC-button on the SSD-module at standard-behavior to have both)
- 5k, 12fps, 5:1
- shutter-mode to time (i mostly use angle for motion)
Make another preset for your favorite motion-settings and map that to the S/M-switch, works great.
I've also made presets for higher quality (8fps @ 3:1) and HDRx-shooting, but i mostly use 12fps @ 5:1. 4k 15fps with HDRx is another interesting combination.
So, then i have the shutterspeed selected and can quickly change it with the front-wheel on the side-handle. (My side-handle setup is based on RED's alternative preset.) I choose my desired aperture via the zoom rocker and compensate via shutter-speed, then i hunt for focus. :) 12fps without worrying about a puffer that gets full after seconds does really make things different. Catching a moment or a facial expression on a baby's face for example gets easier than ever.
Sure, there are drawbacks:
- AF is slow compared to DSLRs and it is disabled during recording at 5k. (Why?)
- There are no automatics at all, it's full manual photography. Some half-automatics like aperture-priority/shutter-priority would be nice to have.
- It makes you think about getting a EPIC, full DSMC must be fantastic. Sometimes i find it a bit hard to make the decision between stills and motion.
Sure on Scarlet we could shoot 24-30fps @ 4k to get DSMC, but having a fast enough shutter for stills and enough blur to not destroy motion at the same time is a bit hard to get. Thats why i prefer to drop the motion part when i shoot stills. DSMC is clearly EPICs territorial, the higher FPS and being able to use HDRx for motion at high resolutions are the key here.
I don't miss a DSLR that much and if, then mainly for their better AF and obviously the weight/size/battery-time. ;)
So, try it, 5k stills really look great.