I own a Red too and I don't really understand why Red never made any effort to offer some sort of Alexa/film look in RCX. I mean something like a specific Redgamma and a specific Redcolor. They always offer very harsch looks. Using Alchemy in RCX and some Hue/colors tweaking in some other apps already bring us a lot closer. But the success of the Alexa is mainly because you get something great out of the box. The colors are not super realistic, closer to what film looked, with cyan skies, pink skins, etc. I would love that on the Red, just one setting in RCX, put a lowcon filter on the lens and that's it.
Like always, it's about talent. The apple version was funny. This one sounds like the work of a stupid dishonest embittered nerd. There is one million things about red that could have been funny and ridiculous to talk about instead.
I think it's a good thing for Red users. Since a few days I noticed a different atmospher on reduser. A spirit of rebellion from even the fan boys. Questioning the new name, Weapon, saying outloud things they didn't dare to tell before about the cameras. Many times, until now, it was possible to feel some fear as there were examples in the past of people being kicked off from the forum for ridiculous reasons. Something a bit sectarian. Now that Arri is launching some new machines, more affordable, I think many red users are looking back at Arri. Especially since the prices are getting closer or even. No more fear from the users to be kicked off from the only affordable pro system at that time will maybe create a new relationship where Red, as it was the purpose initially, listen to their customers again and slow down their arrogance.
Red was clever on that upgrade though. They announced the dragon 2 years ago with crazy DR, crazy lowlight. The final product was less crazy than that. They launched their rubber patch, the interchangeable OLPFs claiming that it was a revolution and a gift instead of apologizing for the fact that people will have to pay and use 2 OLPF to get the DR and less grain. Now they will launch this new upgrade that will probably fix this OLPF issue, presenting it as a revolution, with the 2 years ago announced DR and lowlight. 2 upgrades paid for the same announced product.
Many Red owners don't like Red's marketing and their spotty teenager skull liking image.But until now it was affordable for indies so they didn't care much. I think that it's getting a bit out of hand now. All these expensive upgrades for a camera with a high depreciation rate at the end. Indies will get ejected from the game. Red's dream is to fight and beat Arri but I'm afraid it's too late. Most high end projects don't give a s*** about that testosterone Red marketing or hate it and just want a reassuring camera. They let indies down and try to recruit on Arri's ground but so many people buy Red because they can't afford an Alexa. Many Red users would go Alexa if price was equal and they had the money. Now an indie who bought a Scarlet MX last summer had to upgrade on december because the price went up after that, and now will have to upgrade at NAB because the price will go up after that. In less than one year he spent the money that could have gotten him an Amira at least.
That's not true.
Buy an Alexa. Sell your Alexa. Buy a new Alexa. There is little depreciation.
You just have to add a bit. And at the end you will sell the new Alexa a good price if you want.
If you want to sell your Dragon at the end you will get a lot less money as the depreciation is a lot higher.