If you go red or arri, know that for it to be a good business decision you have to pay the red off in 2 years and the arri off in 4. So you have to have at least 30-40 working days a year where the client is renting your camera for 700-1000 per day. If you have the days financially it makes sense, if you don't it makes more sense to rent until you do. You should never lose money on a camera especially if you're a boutique shop.
Also 4k doesnt really matter, If you have the days an alexa classic thats 2k would pay it self off the fastest.
hire a key grip yo!
Get three quasar 24 inch battery powered tubes. You wont get much punch but if its just mediums and close ups it'll work
Or some apurture 120 d's but they dont have punch either, the quasars are more accepted by the industry
Yeesh, thats debated, There are ac's that would argue they cover everything outside of the camera, and the DIT is responsible for the settings, but the DR comment is ridiculous. Do an over under test, it sound like it might blow your mind.
Yes classic any day of the week over raven, 800 iso will be a stop brighter on Alexa and you get a stop extra in the highlights, that’s like half the g and e not to mention the single rec709 lut that everyone has rather than 12 red ones which can trip up colorists. Now ur Ac needs to know the camera and your colorist. It’s pretty hard to make a bad image on Alexa, you literally have to try. Also other issues with Sony is that there is no 444 subsampling other than raw,and the axs recorder will kick its fan into high gear on long takes and trip up the actors.
This is the funny thing, all the best films that are not shot on film shoot on alexa, a used alexa body costs the same as a red raven, and they rent on sharegrid in LA for the same price as any low end camcorder. Don't be contrarian if you shoot indie. Finding a camera that no one is shooting on won't help your story or performances. Your film will be better and you'll have more time for performances, Alexa gives you that. Instead of waiting for a black shade calibration or for the ACs to figure out the bottomless menus, or for the grip department to ND windows, you will be filming more story beats and performances on Alexa. As long as the locations are decent Alexa with no lighting or crew will probably make a better indie movie than any other camera with a lighting and crew, if you are making a movie for less that $100,000.