I've assisted with the ALEXA and EPIC. Andrew stated incorrectly: "The Epic is not the One or the MX, it is a fully flushed out system that resolves all of the issues that the first generation system had. The whole Red fanboy accusation is getting old."
I find this to be a false statement. The Epic body I worked with has already been sent back to RED HQ twice with problems that should have been discovered before it left the factory. It is a very nice camera, but far from a "fully flushed out system". It is VERY beta at this point. Furthermore, I do not like the new menu system or user button interface as compared to the RED ONE body. The graphics look like Windows 98, are slow to react on the touch screen (which leaves fingerprints on the screen) and there are too many buttons on the side. The HD/SDI out on the rear of the body is recessed too deep making it difficult to attach/ detach a BNC cable quickly on set. The HDRX is nice- although when I used it, it did not remain locked in the menu causing half of the takes to be shot without it. :angry:
I most like the menu system and body that the ALEXA uses over any RED camera. Very easy, consistent, simple and reliable. Keep in mind this is coming from an assistant's perspective.
I don't necessarily have an opinion on the "Greatest Movie Camera Ever" but I tend to think that if one were to be named, that camera would still be capable of running 35mm film through it ;) . Digital cameras have made bold steps in the last few years but the litmus test for these cameras is still film.
The whole "fanboy" deal could possibly be avoided by treating the EPIC as a camera and not the holy grail. You really need to use this camera rather than looking at one in a booth to base an opinion. Within two years we will all be talking about the next best camera and how it puts current systems- RED, ARRI, Sony, etc.. to bed.