This is my favorite camera at the moment. By far. I'm excited to see what EVA-1 brings us, too.
@Joseph: for me in this case the answer to selling my "not a bright investment" camera was reduser.net. Oops, I may have said too much...
There's some really great stuff in this thread.
One thing I've been burned on- be very careful when choosing things like camera bodies to lease or finance, which these days (depending on your market) might be essentially worthless (or at least not a selling point for you on jobs) within 2 years. The OP said he didn't have time to go to a rental house, etc. Depending on your market, maybe you can instead partner up with someone on Sharegrid who owns what these jobs ask for. But also, I've found that most gigs that require a specific camera and which do not give any notice prior to filming aren't the kind of jobs where they'll pay for you and the camera- they're mostly bottom-feeder gigs from clueless producers.
That said, it is helpful to have a decent-quality 4Kish camera body that's versatile enough to shoot your own projects and do, say, 75% of the jobs for your clients.
The best investment I've ever made as far as equipment is in lenses and things like a Steadicam, gimbal, lighting control gear, etc. These things have paid for themselves many, many times over.
The worst investment for me was a camera body that cost me about $30K over 4 years, which I ended up selling early at a loss. Payments are over in October, yay :-(. Yet, selling early was the right call.
And yes, for us I did go back and finance another camera body. But one that makes sense for us- as others have said, financing makes a lot of sense sometimes.
Wait, Digital Bolex is still in business?
A bit of gaff tape, a multitool, some little pony clamps, and a few extra screws (especially an extra camera fixing screw). Some kind of bounce that can also be flipped around to provide negative fill. Also if you're doing interviews something like Matthews Road Rags is invaluable.
Also these photos from the Alexa and iPhone were shot in more challenging lighting conditions than the RED shootout ones. Hence, the much bigger difference. Although Alexa is awesome, no doubt.