I'm a bare bones, one man-crew producer.
I'm looking to buy a new camera setup with a budget of $50,000. The RED obviously looks like a good choice, but I find it hard to get straight answers to simple questions from RED and purchasing all the pieces seems to be pretty complicated. I'm afraid I'll end up buying stuff I don't need.
I'm also looking at a Weisscam, which seems like it's got a pretty simple, but super cool setup.
What are the advantages of each. Cost, workfolw, ect?
I wouldn't bother with the Weisscam unless high speed cinematography is really critical- and even then I'd just suggest renting a Phantom instead. Such a small user base you'll have little 3rd party or tech support outside of the company itself.
All the truly simple stuff is already answered on RED's website. Ask a specific question and we'll be happy to help you out as fellow owners. Also if you want to get up to speed really quickly on RED and all the options and workflows and you have about $35 to spare, my book would be a big help to you:
I can recommend the book too, and no, I don't make money with it ;-)
RED adheres to standards, like PL-mount, Arri rods and V-mount power. So, basically you only need to buy the RED itself and an LCD or viewfinder from Red – most everything else can be bought or rented from third parties, sometimes in better quality or rented. Have a look at "Accessories for RED One" in the forum.
Specific questions always welcome, but you can't expect full counselling on your complete purchase – this is something I do for money.
Director of the Institute of Media Research (IMF) at Braunschweig University of Arts