And all this is your fault NoFilmSchool ! ;)
Something that does not come in mind in the first place is when to use raw vs prores. Raw is great to recover information in the shadows and highlights, if you don't need that, use prores. You can save up a lot of time and resources. If your shots are perfectly exposed, you won't need raw but if you have limited access to perfect lighting on a set, you can always rely on raw. You should mix both and be able to determine what is needed before shooting a scene.
or the Lenzhound which i own myself. Aputure is great but limited to canon lens and it just goes from A to B.
I've been doing this mimic thing with my android mobile and my DYS gimbal for 6 months ;) SimpleBGC is using the mobile gyroscope to control the gimbal, you just need to fix it on some handle with a remote LCD and voilà. You got your own Mimic. Still, i'm really curious about the wedge while i'm fighting to balance my gimbal with a remote follow focus...
I build one based on the DYS gimbal (similar design as the 7800) last summer so i'm getting pretty used to it, the construction build is average, one of the 4 screws on the baseplate is dead and i couldn't find any replacement plate. There was a lot of work on the gimbal in order to have it right but mine got Bluetooth as well for like $5 extra, you can control and set it up with any android device.
So far, it cost me $800 with the alexmos 32 bits controller and it is rigged with a zacuto zfinder pro and soon, i'll try to add the lenzhound motorized follow focus on it.
Balancing it is quite painful when you are not familiar with it. I'd really like to have the same balancing system as on the M5 but i don't think it justify the price difference.
This is the kind of device i would not rent or let anyone else but me use on a set, too much wires and stuffs but if you want to get familiar with gimbal, it's even cheaper than the 7800 but you need to be a complete geek about it.