8500 is on par with top-tier director viewfinders and this offers a whole lot more.
So since buying a Canon Mark II in 2010 you haven't owned any other cameras?
Curious how this differs from the WD My Passport Wireless Pro other than the app functionality?
It's called context. Is 8K affordable for someone accustomed to shooting on an A7S? Nope. Is it affordable for professionals who spend 10's of thousands on gear? Yup.
I disagree, the dynamic range on the Raven is definitely far superior to the 8 year old Classic. Also, the camera shoots raw and prores in case your posthouse/colorist is concerned. And yes your AC needs to know the camera, that's what an AC is for.