The Canon EOS C300 and RED Scarlet (UPDATED LINKS!)

Friday, December 9th, 2011 @ 9:18 pm | It's News To You

Several big announcements occurred in November. If you are a filmmaker , big or small, you’ve seen the bulletins,the blogs,the updates and the debates. If you haven’t heard the news, get out from under your rock.
Finally, the *********Red Scarlet ( essentially the Epic minus some features )
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********And Canon EOS C300

are released into the wild.
Alot to digest here. And much to debate about. I,for one, lean toward the C300. I’m a nobody filmmaker , so some of the touted specifics of RED don’t mean alot to me to be blunt. So check out what the pros are saying and figure out for yourselves what will be be best for YOU. Here are a few links to some great info…(watch the films too!)
I’ll start with the Canon bits:
http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2011/11/03/mobius-and-the-c300-c300pl/
http://philipbloom.net/2011/11/26/c300/
http://www.fdtimes.com/pdfs/45FDTimes-LoRez150.pdf (thanks to Stu’s Tweet)

And the Scarlet bits:

http://nofilmschool.com/2011/11/first-footage-red-scarlet-x/
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/11/4/redscarletx

And my favorite, a bit of an internal debate of the two, from Stu Maschwitz, writer of The DV Rebels Guide

http://prolost.com/blog/2011/11/21/red-scarlet-canon-c300-and-the-paradox-of-choice.html

See?! A lot to think about. A lot of money to spend.
The C300 seems like a lot of money to spend on the surface. But that price seems to be dropping a bit, even before the January release.
The Scarlets price is deceiving. It’s a doorstop without the thousands in “extras” you have to spend to have a shooting camera. The workflow is a little more difficult as well.
These are two worthy cameras. Both have draws. In the end, the price is similar. Pick one and shoot.
I think I choose the Canon C300. The touted lowlight sensitivity of this camera is very compelling. And the filmic look the Canon cameras produce is really appealing as well.
But if RED wants to give a nobody a Scarlet to shoot with, and see how an amateur fares, then bring it on!
All of this camera conflict brings me back to a fundamental of filmmaking; STORY IS KING!
If all you got is pretty pictures…well, you’ll bore me and everyone else.

 

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