JONATHAN3D wrote:Crazy Eight wrote:The digitally shot Star Wars films are irrelevant in todays discussion. Technology has changed greatly since then, and having seen recent tests of Super 35mm film being shot under the same conditions as the Arri ALEXA, it's clear that digital can out do 35mm in low light, and it's highlights are right up there to the point that which you find better for highlights comes down to preference. Color is another neck and neck thing with film vs. the ALEXA... actual resolution is the only thing I'd give 35mm over the ALEXA, but the ALEXA's perceived resolution since it lacks any native grain or blemishes is much higher than Super 35mm's. And the EPIC would of course beat both the ALEXA and Super 35mm in terms of actual resolution, and perceived resolution. As of this point in 2011, the only moving image capture device that is actually ahead of digital capture would be 5/65mm, and 15/65mm (IMAX)... everything else boils down to which you prefer.
Digital is my preference. If I had a choice, I'd go with a RED EPIC and print on IMAX.
But some have complained of the long boot up time for the EPIC.
Very true, it's just the users preference.
Digital will surpass everything film has to offer, soon.
RED's products have been known for not being the most reliable cameras in the world. Cheap cables, over heating, etc... whereas the ALEXA comes from a tried and true company and is built like a rock... but it's more expensive so that's expected. In terms of pure image quality and not user quality, the EPIC has the upper hand, but it still pales in comparison to IMAX (theoretical resolution of 18K, perceived 12K resolution). But of course, it's also 1/10th the price and much easier to use, so there's a trade off for that resolution loss.