The US distributor was recently announced as Zylight and they were indeed showing the Rayzr7 at their NAB booth. However, Zylight won't be selling them direct until sometime this summer. If you need one sooner, I suggest ordering direct from the Rayzr7 website. That's how I got mine a couple months back, but I did have to pay import duties to DHL on top of the purchase price plus international shipping. Despite the extra cost and hassle to get it, I'm totally loving that light. It's mind blowing to have output roughly equivalent to a 575watt HMI without the heat and weight. It runs so cool that you can gel it by just gaff taping a little circle of gel right to the face of the fresnel. Crazy.
Based on the LED test posted to nofilmschool just a few days ago, the Skypanel is definitely not the best if what you seek is to match accurate daylight or tungsten light.
There's no con to FCPX when it comes to logging and tracking footage. All the database features that require FileMaker in Murch's workflow are built into FCPX, so there's no need to double your logging work by entering it all into a separate app. When you add in the power of organizing using roles, subroles, keyword ranges, plus importing script supervisor notes automatically using Shot Notes X, plus integrated transcripts (that are linked directly to your footage!!!) using Speedscriber, the rapid pace at which you can acheive a Murch level of organization becomes hours rather than days or weeks. Read through fcp.co and you'll see tons of information about these workflows in FCPX.
FYI all of this database work can be accomplished natively inside FCPX, including the transcripts with Speedscriber.
Totally agree with Kaster. Not being parfocal is a big problem. Not to mention the breathing. All the alternative cinema zooms available from Canon, Fuji, Zeiss and Angenieux are parfocal and barely breathe (if at all) I don't see how Sigma's rehoused stills glass is worth nearly $4K. I'll pass.
This article neglects to mention that two Sundance 2017 films were shot on Blackmagic Design cameras:
“Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)” shot by DP Hernán Herrera with an URSA Mini 4.6K digital film camera:
“Casting JonBenet” shot by DP Michael Latham with a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K