This one's tough for me. I'm conflicted. On the one hand, so many guys (mostly they're guys) either won't shoot anything until they have the 'right' camera or they're going massively in debt to buy the camera they believe will help them get better work options. To those guys I say: the camera won't get you better work. It might get you shitty work as a "DP" for idiots who'll ask you to work for free or expect your camera as part of your (pathetic) day rate. It's talent that gets you work (and connections). On the other hand, NOT owning a camera seems suicidal if you're a filmmaker, it's like a painter not owning a brush.
I love how you quoted the Ferengi.
"We don't think this camera is for anyone doing pro stuff, so we're gonna force you to buy it like a consumer thing, including a lens you may not need at all, and batteries that kind of suck."
It always shocks me when people CAN'T do anything on their own. Great crew is awesome and makes a huge difference in one's projects, but I've always felt a true filmmaker doesn't need much they can't bring to tell a story. And knowing all about all aspects of the different parts of the filmmaking machine makes you a f lot better at managing a crew when your projects do have the money to 'do things right'.
I'm excited to check it out. Along with the C200 in Raw.
oh... seriously? They tried that years ago...