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  1. Red Epic Dragon Camera Package


    We recently upgraded our RED Epic with a Dragon sensor, giving you more latitude and higher, 6K resolution.  The Red Epic Dragon rental package includes the Red Epic brain (capable of capturing up to 100 frames per second at 6K resolution or 240 fps in 1080p HD) and just about everything else you need to get started shooting.

    Other rental shops may have the best price on individual components, but once you put your rental kit together, we guarantee ours is the best value out there!   Batteries, media, matte box, filters, follow focus, plates, rails, clamps, and cables are all included.  Just add lenses, a tripod, and an AC, and you’re good to go.

    Since we’re a small shop, we can’t rent the items a la carte, but we’re sure we have the best price in Milwaukee or Chicago for the complete Red Epic Dragon camera kit.  And speaking of carts, we offer a large camera cart with mitchell mount for $95/day, perfect for any RED Epic rental.

    Rental Prices

    $1195 for 1 day
    $2390 for up to 3 days
    $3585 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    RED Epic Dragon Brain
    DSMC 1.8” SSD Module
    DSMC Side Handle
    Ti PL Mount
    Al Nikon Mount

    RED Touch 5” monitor
    Paralinx Arrow Wireless HD System

    Data Management
    4x 256 GB REDmag 1.8” SSD
    REDmag case (4-slot)
    REDstation 1.8″ (mini) – USB 3.0

    DSMC Travel Charger
    2x REDvolt Battery
    REDbrick Charger
    6x REDbrick Battery
    DSMC A/C Power Adapter
    Cinema Oxide brick backplate
    Switronix V-Mount Plate

    Redrock Micro Followfocus
    Redrock 19mm adapter clamp
    Redrock speed crank
    Redrock 12″ focus whip

    Movcam MM5 3-stage swing-away mattebox
    114mm – 80mm step-down ring
    5.65″x 5.65″ Tiffen clear glass filter
    5.65″x 5.65″ Schnieder Circular Polarizer
    5.65″x 5.65″ Schnieder .6 ND
    5.65″x 5.65″ Schnieder .9 ND
    5.65″x 5.65″ Schnieder 1.2 ND
    5.65″x 5.65″ Schnieder 1.5 ND
    5.65″x 5.65″ Schnieder Tru-cut IR 750
    5.65″x 5.65″ Tiffen Hot Mirror
    5.65″x 5.65″ ND .6 Grad
    5.65″x 5.65″ ND .6 Attenuator

    Wooden Camera A-Box audio adapter
    DSMC quick release platform (dovetail)
    RED dovetail mounting plate (long)
    RED mounting plate (DSMC)
    DSMC 19mm universal mount
    2x 19mm rod (18″)
    DSMC 15mm adaptor
    2x 15mm rod (3″)
    View Factor top plate
    2x 100mm swat rail
    RED sliding top handle
    RED accessory attachment bracket
    Swat rail clamp
    Dogbone B – jogged
    Fixed handle


    Suggested accessories:
    Lens Kit, Tripod, RAID Storage
  2. Upgrading to the Red Epic Camera


    We added the Red Epic camera to our rental lineup to meet the growing needs of our customers in Milwaukee.  It’s our most expensive rental body, and one of the most popular, but it’s not the perfect camera for every job.  Since many of our renters are more experienced with DSLRs like the Canon 5D mark III, we wanted to mention some of the big differences between DSLRs and shooting on the Epic.

    1) You’ll really, really want an Assistant Camera Operator.  Changing lenses is more difficult on a cinema camera than a DSLR, and you’ll probably have multiple accessories attached to the body.  Plus, you’ll have an extra set of eyes on equipment and someone to help you with the new menu.  If you’re shooting full days, we suggest at least two assistants, or one assistant and a DIT.  If you’re renting a Red Epic and need an operator, assistant camera, or tech, we’re more than happy to recommend someone.

    2) Budget more time (and money) for post production.  Redcode Raw is great, but any raw workflow is slower than a traditional video workflow.  You’ll also need lots more storage than you’re used to.

    3) It’s bigger and kludgier.  Of course, compared to a Betacam, it’s actually pretty small, but if you’re used to DSLRs, it’s not nearly as easy to move around.  One of the great advantages of a DSLR is how easy it is to “shoot from the hip.”  It’s hard to get that spontaneous feeling from a larger camera like the Epic.

    4) It can be a bit loud sometimes.  On long takes, the fan may kick in depending on the camera’s temperature reading.  The computer will do what it can to avoid running the fan on high speed during takes, but be prepared for glares from the sound department if you’re only a few feet from the talent and running takes longer than a few minutes.  The second generation of fans has addressed this problem somewhat, but you’ll need to check with the rental house to find out which fans your Red Epic is using.

    5) Almost all DSLR accessories and support are either too small, too consumer, or simply outclassed.  At a minimum, you’ll want the Red touchscreen monitor and some respectable camera support.  If you’re on a tight budget, you might find some cost savings with photo primes that have been cine-modded.  Our Nikon lens set won’t compete with a set of Cooke S4s, but will still be able to get crisp images, even shooting 5K.  You won’t need to triple your insurance coverage, either.

    6) You’ll attract more attention.  Set up a 5D mark III in the middle of downtown Milwaukee and no one will even notice.  Bring a Red Epic and suddenly people stare.  If you’re shooting doc style and trying to be unintimidating, I suggest you tape over the logo and keep your rig as small as possible.  If you’re working on something narrative, this probably isn’t an issue.

    If you’re used to a DSLR, the Red Epic will seem like a huge leap forward.  Just make sure you’re ready for it!

    Posted by Jon Kline