I graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Film, specializing in visual effects.
This camera's market seems pretty clear - high-end directors who want to use S35 glass like Angenieux zooms or Master Primes without a sensor crop. These feature films will likely be presented in IMAX.
For the majority of all other content creators, their videos will probably be viewed on a mobile device.
All electronic companies do this. Just look at the Sony FS7, FS5, F5, F55, FS700, etc. Even Arri, who has been using the same sensor for six years, has the Alexa, Alexa XT, XT Plus, XT Studio, SXT, etc.
With RED, the only camera I'm interested in purchasing is the Scarlet-W, any other camera would be a rental.
Here is the product link: https://www.manfrotto.us/fullfluid-base-with-retractable-feet-for-video-...
Unfortunately it looks like the new base is only compatible with XPro Monopods.
Absolutely, the big budget glass will always be the go-to on big budget projects. It’s funny you mentioned those lenses, I plan on testing Ultra Primes, Cookes, and Sigmas on my next project. If (after post-processing) the Sigmas look good enough, it will save me quite a bit of money that can be used in other areas of the production.
I'd also love to hear your experience. I love the Helix form factor and I'm seriously considering a Helix Jr. I've rented several gimbals in the past, but each model has a learning curve and takes a lot of practice to perfect - something I just haven't had time to do with a rental. I'm also wondering if the issues you were having have been fixed in a firmware upgrade?
I can't wait for them to rehouse the new Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 Art. That lens paired with the 18-35 could replace an entire set of T2.0 cinema primes!