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  1. #1 I'm breaking up with RED 
    Junior Member Andrew Droz Palermo's Avatar
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    Let me first begin by saying up until this point, I've been a brand loyalist (maybe even an apologist at times).

    When I moved from film and digital photography to filmmaking a few years ago, I chose to use the Red One for my first video (White Rabbits - Percussion Gun) and immediately fell in love with it. It had all of the post production options that I had grown to rely on in RAW photography, and just simply looked stunning. Sure it had some post-production hiccups with color-grading and editing, but in my mind, it was worth it.

    After that I shot a number of shorts and music videos on the camera. When the time came to DP my first feature (You're Next, purchased by Lionsgate), I wanted to use the MX sensor. As a result, two bodies were sent to Red and upgraded and I was stunned at the image improvement.

    Fast forward to today. It's more than 2 months after I placed my Scarlet order (November 10th) and still no news of when I'll be getting the camera. Not word one. Sure, the Bomb Squad Reps have been nice and all, but after sinking $12,000 in rentals on cameras that should have been the one I've purchased, I'm left with nothing more than a bitter taste in my mouth.

    With 3 features and a few music videos around the corner what am I to do? Continue to burn money on rentals? Cross my fingers?

    Unfortunately, I'm going to have to ship back all the camera support gear to Red (at yet another financial hit to me) and take a leap into a camera I'd prefer not to use.

    Like most break-ups, it's difficult to do the thing you know is best. From where I'm standing it looks like I'm going to have to move on.
     

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    What day did you order?
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    If you break up from red... where do you go to? Red's the prettiest girl on the block, and nice too. Having a scarlet in my hand, all I can say to you is you should think this through a little, and try to be patient. It's worth the wait.

    Best thing is to keep watching the list, you must be moving up on it. It's a putty to bail right now.
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    @Joseph - November 10th. I've received everything except the camera.

    @Michael - I know, she really is. That's the tough thing. But, we all know the best on the block isn't always the best for you. I just can't imagine I'll be getting it in the next 2 - 3 weeks. Is your's a Canon mount? That seems to be the big holdup from what I can ascertain from the list.
     

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    If you buy a used Red One instead, you can shoot your features at 4.5k.
    Possibly better pictures than the Scarlet...
    Than sell it for a Scarlet when you're ready.

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    That's not a bad idea, actually - hadn't crossed my mind, to be honest. Now off to find a Red One MX with Canon mount ....
     

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    You ordered 7 days after the release of a camera that people have been waiting 3 years for and your surprised you haven't got it yet? I ordered on the 6th and don't expect it for another month or two. Patience my friend, it will all be worth it in the end. If you were ahead of me, I would probably just sympathize with you and tell you to cancel your order :)
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    Why not offer a premium for an early Scarlet? Some lucky early owners could possibly endure the pain of waiting for maybe extra $5k in their bank account. Just a thought.

    edit: I waited for the Epic for two years...painful? Yes. Worth the wait? Yes.
     

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    And your point is... ??
     

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    @pawel, not a bad thought. Maybe I'll give it a try when I get desperate and lonely in the middle of the night.

    @Terry, I'm frustrated by this company. If they would at least offer shipment estimates, this would be a different story. I could plan my year around it. I make a living - that is, pay my bills and feed myself - using their equipment. Through all the hiccups, I still wanted to continue to. But I'm left with little choice at this point.
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