RED's Dragon sensor - 20 stop dynamic range

Started Jan 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
nneubronner
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Re: RED's Dragon sensor - 20 stop dynamic range
In reply to nofumble, Jan 10, 2013

RED is a company set up by the CEO of Oakley that specialises in making really awesome digital video camera systems. Their sensors are contained within a back, that you then put onto their frame which then attaches to any lens you want. Their digital video solutions have been used in movies from the Lord of the Rings to Star Trek. They are very well regarded and not some hill billy hicks.

Now that that's out of the way, assume that Canon were to release something that can compare with this, in every single aspect. Are you able/willing to put up with the following?

1. A camera that costs $20k. (This is a massive discount actually because you don't need to buy the main body, lens adaptor etc, just raw $20k).

2. That weighs a half ton and can basically only be used on a tripod/dolley system.

3. That takes up to a year to deliver to your doorstep, with a good chance of it being delayed by another 6 months to 2 years to fix firmware issues (check up on RED's past history).

If your answer is a near yes to any one of these three answers. I would kindly point it out to you that such a camera DOES exist in the real world already, and you may not even have to wait to buy it, it's called the Leica S2 and should set you back by the exact same amount of money.

If not, I would suggest you learn to accept the "limits" of your chosen camera system and focus instead on finding ways to overcome or bypass any perceived issues in regards to dynamic range.

Or perhaps go one further. As the saying goes, "If you want to do something right you gotta do it yourself". So get a bank loan and setup your own camera company and develop your own ueber sensor that is affordable by the masses.

Alternatively, do what every person that bitches about Canon's lack of dynamic range on this forum does, switch to Nikon, and once Canon "gets its act together", post on the Nikon page how Nikon is behind the curve with their "5 year old sensors" and switch back. Easy peasy.

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