Hi everyone. First off I apologize for being fairly ignorant on this topic, but I figured I would rather pose this questions to professional RED users first before inadvertently insulting a bunch of CL-ers with a bogus rate.
So to cut to the chase, I will be looking to hire a RED Scarlet Operator with a camera, support (tripod, shoulder rig, etc.), and a small but substantial lens package (note that my standards aren't too high, so "substantial" for me would be as simple as two Canon L-series zooms). I'll be on a low budget but, again, I don't want to insult anyone and I would rather reach a little farther into my pocket for a good operator than spend less money on someone who doesn't know what the hell they are doing.
So how much is a low, but fair day rate for someone/something like this. After looking at local rental houses, I figure I would probably be willing to spend somewhere around $500. For the right person/pkg, I might be willing to stretch that to around $700.
I'd say $700 is probably a really good hook-up rate from someone you don't know. I see body-only rentals at $300-400 in Los Angeles and more substantial rigs with EF lenses at upwards of $700-800 with no operator.
I'm not saying you won't find someone who will do the job for that price, but Scarlets and Epics are working right now so why take a cut rate job? It may be worth it to look into a cheaper package like a Sony F3 or a Canon C300 if you don't need 4K. The Canon is more manageable because it has a EF mount and uses standard CF cards so if you don't have a DIT, the off load process is still manageable for a 2nd AC or PA to cover.
If I were renting my camera for that low of a rate, I'd require an insurance cert to cover my gear. You don't want an accident on set to bone you or them.