Why you don't need a Red/Cinema CameraJun 30, 2023
I was very impressed. because what I discovered was not only that the
camerawas much easier to use in red, like worlds easier to use in red, but it's smaller, lighter and the menus are easy and, yes, it was cool, but no just the whole image. It's about 95 percent as good as red. Honestly, I think like a 95, if not more, it now also shoots internal raw, which means you can adjust that image color-wise and everything is going to match the red anyway, like it's a no-brainer. man likes it and the
camerais like a fraction of the price like I'm talking about, it's like a thousand dollars just for the body, maybe two three for a full setup versus 20 25,000 when I bought the red one, I literally spent, I spent like thirty grand dollars that month when I bought it now there were some extras like some lenses and some little things but the camera itself was over 25,000 just the whole setup just to get it up and running and I ended up you know over time buying more for Son like twenty five thousand dollars versus two or three for almost the same level of image quality and it's easier to use, like no, it didn't calculate with me, I thought what and then the b-raw codec is it. it was really good don't get me wrong but it's not r3d so again same thing red takes the cake but just like the b-raw codec it's good and also something new as it has it. some room to grow and everything, I'm sure it will get better over time, basically everything I didn't like about the red that was on that list was basically fixed by that black magic, like it did with all those things, it was a small light, it's super easy. to use a great picture and stuff like that, the batteries, well the batteries go into the camera, they're horrible, but if you turn on the v-mount, it lasts forever and then the storage is super cheap, like you could get the Samsung t5s and just plug them right into that, so I was already thinking about selling it, but after making that trip I thought, "Okay, I clearly don't
needthis camera to create a good image, so I'm going to call it a day." Above we explain why you don't really
needa red camera or a film camera, in fact any camera over $10,000, this is why you don't need one and the first thing is lighting, you need to learn about lightning. like if you're looking at a red camera and you don't know how to light well you're wasting your time and you're wasting your money, lighting is what really makes the scene look good and yes there is a way There's more at play: your composition and the movement of your camera, and you know, yada, all that, but lighting, lighting is what really makes things look good, if you have good lighting, even a phone will look good, I promise you yes No. happy with your image it's just because you don't know how to light that's the truth now it sounds harsh but the same thing happened to me.
I bought the camera expecting it to make things look like Hollywood movies and then I said, wait, no. I'm not missing something here, it's lighting, learn to light, learn to light, seriously. My next point here is that most content is put on YouTube, and even the content that I make professionally is put on YouTube, that's where it goes. youtube compresses the video a lot, we all know this, but the thing is you don't realize it's just leveling the playing field, like anyone who wears a red, anyone who wears a fire and everything they are, they're really being attracted. at a similar level because of YouTube compression, it's as close to you if you're creating content for YouTube as most people are, unless you're shooting real movies, you're shooting real movies that you don't even need.
To watch this video you don't even need to have this conversation because you're probably over all of this already, but the point is that most people's content just goes to YouTube and gets compressed and there it is, you don't need 5k. 6k 8k raw like you just don't need it, it's not going to make a huge difference at the end of the day, another thing is that cameras, like most technology and honestly most things in general have a big point of diminishing returns, like this little graph, I'll probably show it on the screen, but the point of diminishing returns is that the value that you're getting will essentially start to decrease as you start spending more money.
It's not like a twenty thousand dollar camera versus a three thousand dollar camera, the difference in value and quality is negligible at best, like it's not very big and I didn't really understand that and most of the People don't understand, in my opinion, three to five thousand dollars range when it comes to cameras, is the best bang for the buck, after that, you're throwing money out the window. I don't think it's necessary to be honest, so another one that's really great and me. What I definitely didn't understand this is that you probably don't have the clientele or like the level of work to even justify purchasing a camera like that.
Many people have the idea that I am going to buy a red camera now. clients who want to hire me with red camera but the point is that if you don't have a client who is already asking you and already requires a camera of that level you don't need one as if you were renting one so constantly it was just irritating how much you have to rent this camera, then it would make a lot of sense to buy one, but you probably don't have that problem, most people don't buy that type of camera it won't give you the job it needs.
That's like putting the chicken before the egg and to sum it all up, the camera is simply not going to do the job for you as you really need to learn the tools you already have for it to make sense to move up and upgrade. a better camera and you know, a lot of people told me the same thing, like if you watched that video and you were one of those people saying why did this kid waste his money on this camera, you were good for you. it was wrong, you know, just being honest, like the people who said those things were right, like I didn't need a camera like that and I just didn't get it, the thing is if you think you need a film camera to get better your game like you're just convinced that if only I had red I could do this or that, if you think that's going to improve your game, you probably don't I don't know what you're doing, you just know that it won't make a difference as big as you think.
You have to learn to use the tools you have. You have to learn how to light and Again, the lens will do more than the camera, honestly, if you have the right lenses, that's a completely different topic, you know another video, but if you're going to invest in equipment, invest in lights, invest in lenses, not only are they like that. better investments in the long term, but they will also make a much bigger difference to your image, since lighting is much more universal. Cameras depreciate so quickly that a new camera comes out every year, don't waste your money on a huge, expensive film camera.
Don't even upgrade the camera you currently have if you don't already like knowing how to use it and are maximizing its potential. A great example of someone who does this is DSLR Guide. I think that's his name. I think his name is Simon, I think I could be wrong but he made a video a long time ago about why he kept his t3i likes forever. I'll link to it, but that's a video that explains the same points I do. I'm going through right now, you definitely made the right decision with that, so my final thoughts here are just to wrap up this whole video: buy gear that actually makes your life simpler, like buy gear that makes shooting easier accomplish and really help you achieve it. the shot you need because most cameras nowadays have incredible image quality.
There is much more to learn about this art than just purchasing equipment. There is a reason why there are high-level people in this industry. It's not just because they have the best equipment. you can rent good equipment, you need to learn the fundamentals, you need to learn how this works and honestly if you are really worried about the equipment, to me at least it shows as the mark of the fan and the reason why I know it is because I was there, that's all I cared about and it's actually a really liberating thing to not worry about new technologies that come out all the time and just focusing on learning your craft will do a lot more for you, I promise. uh I think that about covers it, thanks for watching, if you managed to watch this whole video, I'm guessing it's going to be pretty long, just because of the time it took me to record this the first time I'm sitting down, you know. in front of a camera and doing this in a long time.
I hope to make more videos like this, so if you liked it, subscribe or whatever, that's what people say, you like it and you do what I don't really care about. I'm just making these videos so I can stop complaining that I haven't made them, if that makes any sense. I'm finally doing it, so that's the last note. I lived in Los Angeles for the last like four years, I'm actually back in Kansas now I'm still doing my thing, um, but I'll talk more about that in another video, so that'll be another topic 50 minutes, oh, poor me , in the future I'm going to have to edit this oh what a mess dude 50 minutes that's shit man that's shit oh what's the last thing I wanted to talk about this is going to die if I don't hurry up oh I almost died I hope the audio be good because I just sent it, I didn't even do a test.
I just sent it. I see your autofocus is very fast, it's actually quite fast and this is a nifty 50. At f 2.5, that's actually not bad. There we go, boom, he died. If I just lost everything, um, I'll just do what I cut the video while I'm talking, it will end instantly, there's no way out, there's nothing, I just
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