Early reports are that the R1 shoots cleaner than the Scarlet.
My Epic shoots cleaner than my R1. Less noise in the shadows, better color fidelity. More DR. The R1 just came back from RED with a new OLPF and a clean bill of health. It's still a friggin awesome camera. The SSD module made it way more convenient to shoot and I can't wait to get it down to Louisiana for our next short.
When I'm not shooting I spend a lot of time thinking about gear... so that when I AM shooting I never have to think about gear. Get shit that works and go work.
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I dig your enthusiasm for photography and moving forward.
I also think a lot of good things about RED, but sometimes get kind of put off on the secret club/fan boy thing that goes on.
I'm sure you've done this . . . read a RED manual on a camera. The scarlet is the first manual I've read front to back and regardless of what I read the camera does different things than what's buried in the PDF.
I also am a little turned off by the pixel race. Got very bored with it for still photography, even more so with motion, given the fact that 90% of everyone will edit in 2k, given the fact that probably 99.999999999999% of all video will end up on the web for viewing.
Yesterday, we had an issue with one of our R-1's. No matter what we set the camera at, the monitor would not reflect changes of wb, or iso, or tint.
What looked pretty good at iso 1000, in reality was a stop over, so it required us puling the SSD, looking at the computer, then adjust, then back to the computer.
Last night I tried to find the answer on RED user net, which sent my head spinning, so once again, back to the manual and running tests. It's still kind of goofy and makes me worry about the camera as I have one more country to finish up on before I can get the camera into service.
We can switch to the Scarlet which I find shoots smoother than the R-1 buy not as pretty and we can't find a way to play through a quick scene on camera and hear the sound. It's there so once again, back to the computer to be sure.
So during a day like yesterday, we do think about the camera.
Now these cameras have been to 4 countries on this gig and carried in and out of trucks a gazilion times in the last few weeks, so they've taken a beating, though the Sony fs100 we've treated it like an old shoe and today no issues.
This could all be an anomaly, but yes today as we head to the airport I am thinking about the cameras.