Their website and B&H claim $690. Not $590. And not yet available. Still. Sigh. Also, I really wonder where the photometrics are for these? Very strange not to know how bright the things are.
Well, sometimes we do still get commercial clients on the lower-end who think they want RED (likely because some other production company sold them on "we shoot in 8K!" as a differentiator. Keep in mind our markets are pretty saturated, though. But... all the "good" jobs we get? Clients would be happy with whatever we choose. And I agree there's so many good options today under $10K. Still, sometimes a RED is the best tool for a job, but I can't justify keeping up with their constant turnaround and upgrades, it's kind of bullshit.
Lately I've been feeling #6, #7, and #8. I've been thinking about this from both sides of the hiring table (is there a table?) after an unnamed-to-protect-him DP recently contacted us asking for work. On first glance he seemed OK, but he kept showing a streak of anger and bitterness as we talked. I get it. It's hard for everyone. Up to last week, I'd probably overlook some red flags, because everybody's been new to LA and the place IS strange and disorienting until you sort of figure it out. And everyone's had bad stuff happen to them, there's plenty of bad employers and human refuse pretending to be producers, for instance. But there comes a time when you realize it's not your job to save people and no matter how badly that person's been treated in the past by other productions, their attitude is not something you can allow them to inflict upon others. That's why we now have a "no assholes" policy. Luckily for me my partner can be tough, so she's our "bad cop" in these situations.
I'm seriously considering it. It did feel a bit plastic-y in person. But Netflix is accepting it, and the color is great, and all I think I need is the 10 bit Intra for 99% of what we do. 10 bit is enough to play nice with skies, etc. But someone here claimed that the Raw out is also 10 bit, not 12 like BMD. I wonder why that is, if it's true? I can't find anything about this on Panasonic's site that's definitive. Since it should be 4:4:4 it likely doesn't matter all that much for even extensive grading.
Yeah, next! What a waste of a "Mark II".
I'm happy we returned our Bolt 500 last month. I'm usually the guy who just bought the expensive toy when it's replaced with a much-less-expensive version.