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U2 Invisible - Shot on RED EPIC MonochromeBesides the wonderfully confusing fact that this is a U2 video shot on RED EPIC Monochrome for the unrelated (RED) foundation (which is raising money for the fight against HIV/AIDS), it’s pretty fantastic to look at. I will admit to being a digital black and white junky at this point, but there is a pureness to the image that color can’t quite replicate yet,mostly due to the fact that light has to go through an additional layer. So if you’re not with me on the black and white bandwagon, it’s also a worthy test of YouTube’s compression. More »

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I mentioned we might be seeing a comeback for real black and white, and it looks like we’ve got one of our first examples on a big scale. We knew David Fincher was working with RED’s new black and white camera the EPIC Monochrome, but it wasn’t clear exactly what that production was. His new Netflix series House of Cards was shot on regular RED EPICs, but now it’s been confirmed on REDUser that Justin Timberlake’s new music video for Suit & Tie featuring Jay-Z was shot with the Monochrome. Click through to check it out. More »

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Ever since we first talked about RED’s new black and white only EPIC Monochrome cameras, and then even showed footage, many have still been unsure why a product like this exists in the first place. Why not just take the RAW image from the EPIC and convert to black and white? Shouldn’t that give the same quality? After all, you’re already starting from a set of RAW images that simply contain metadata. Well, the answer is a definitive no, and a comparison between the Monochrome and non-Monochrome versions of the camera will show you exactly what’s going on, and why this is probably the sharpest and cleanest black and white moving image you’ve ever seen. More »

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If you’ve ever had the opportunity to shoot in black and white either on film or digital, then you know there is something special about the look that you can’t quite achieve with converting from a color image. That’s exactly why RED created the new EPIC-M Monochrome camera (and also because some guy named David Fincher is currently working on a project that is using the camera). Besides the advantage in tonality and detail (since there isn’t any debayering), the Monochrome camera is also rated at 2000 ISO — which is more than a two-fold increase in low-light ability. Steven Sebring took the Monochrome for a spin recently, and you can click through to see his spectacular results. More »

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As the large-sensor camera market gets more and more crowded, manufacturers are coming up with new ways of differentiating themselves. Here’s something unique that I don’t think many saw coming: RED has just announced a monochrome version of the RED EPIC-M. Yes, it only does black-and-white. Why would they do this? Because without the need to debayer (the process by which colors are interpolated from otherwise colorless data), the full luminance values can be utilized, giving sharper and theoretically lower-noise images. David Fincher is reportedly already shooting with the EPIC Monochrome. More »