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Seriously considering selling multiple cameras I own just to have the 11 grand to own the Alexa. 2.7k, 14 stops of DR, in a nice simple ENG-like body.

 

For anyone who currently owns one or commonly rents them in contrast with other cameras, what are some things that still pop out as convenient to you after years of working with it?

 

What are some things it doesn't do so well?

 

Thank you.

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They're really big and heavy and consume lots of power, and they don't do 4K. And they take really expensive media and almost exclusively PL lenses, which are also very expensive.

 

It is not like shooting an FS7.

 

Other than that, hard to object.

 

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I like the Alexa, I use it extensively and it doesn't bother me that I can't shoot 4K.

Nobody is bothered about that to be honest, just Netflix, Hulu and etc and if you end up shooting for them, highly likely you're gonna have money to rent any other cameras that you like.

 

Things I don't like about the Alexa Classic body:

- It is heavy.

- It is heavy

- It is heavy

 

If you are going to use it on sticks, the weight doesn't matter but if you're going to use it hand-held.. you better get an easyrig.

 

Also, if you're going to spend money on an Alexa, make sure that records in 4444XQ, which is the best codec that you can get without shooting on ARRIRAW.

 

Again, what Phil said is true, it is not a 1-man camera.

 

Have a good day.

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The Alexa Classic is a lovely camera. You will need a very heavy duty tripod and PL mount lenses for it. And high quality ND filters. And realistically, it's only a 2K camera if you just record to SxS cards.

 

I don't find the Classic too heavy, not like the Alexa Plus. Easy to handhold, excellent viewfinder.

 

It is power hungry, you will need a lot of batteries. The usually rental house package is 8x Anton Bauer HCX 140wH battteries and 2x VCLX block batteries. You could probably cut the HCX order in half if you kept the blocks. If you just want to use on-board batteries, you'll want to have 8x per camera to shoot all day comfortably.

 

It is slow to boot up, I think it is about 40sec. But other than that it is so easy to use, change settings, go thru menus (what menus?). And the image looks great as soon as you point it at anything. I think you'll be very happy with it.

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Just to add that you don't have to use PL mount lenses with it, the lens mount is changeable (although not very quickly). I've got Nikon F-mount (in addition to the standard PL mount) that works great for me.

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Just to add that you don't have to use PL mount lenses with it, the lens mount is changeable (although not very quickly). I've got Nikon F-mount (in addition to the standard PL mount) that works great for me.

How/where did you change the mount? Cost?

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I sold a bunch of gear and picked up an EV aka Classic.

 

A few notes

 

Minuses:

 

- It's heavy. 17 lbs, Almost 20 lbs just with the EVF.

- With a prime, 15mm rods, baseplate, follow focus, matte box, battery and Odyssey you are headed for 30-40 lbs, plus the head and sticks.

- It sucks down batteries (85w).

- You need heavy duty cinema grade support gear like a heavy duty head and sticks.

- External RAW recorder to get the most out of the camera (Odyssey 7Q+ with ArriRAW license)

- No internal ND. Arri sells the IFM-1 (Internal filter module), but its about $2000 for the hardware and 3 x ND / 1 x clear. You need really high quality ND that won't shift color etc. and they aren't cheap.

- The Alexa is bullet proof, but repair costs are astronomical.

 

Plus:

 

Still the gold standard for IQ. The first time you point it at a window and see that film like roll off in the highlights you'll be spoiled for all other cameras.

 

 

 

I was lucky to have things like a heavy duty tripod and head from my film days, but if you are starting from scratch you really need to make a list and see how it all fits in your budget.

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How/where did you change the mount? Cost?

 

I'm using the F-mount made by P+S Technik, you can find it on their website. It's not massively difficult to change the mount, although not something to do in the field.

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I´m also looking to get an Alexa Classic on 2020 for independant features and docs mainly.

You can get them really cheap these days, the price goes from 5.5K to 7-8K complete kit.

The only thing stopping me is the big tripod I will also need to get in order to use this baby, but damn the Classic is such a great camera, I´ve been using it for the last three years and hasn´t disappointed me.

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Essentially it is the camera that was good enough for Skyfall , blockbuster movies, most tv shows to name a few...

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