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Saved my bacon!,
This review is from: Red: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera (Paperback)Like everyone else I'd heard about the RED camera, but only ever seen them at trade shows, and then suddenly found myself pencilled on a RED shoot!
This book helped me enormously. There is of course a LOT of info available on-line, but like everything else on the net it's unstructured, so where do you begin? This book, which leads you intelligently through, is a godsend. That said, it's not really a substitute for the manual (available on-line as a pdf) which is worth referring to alongside. There are, for instance, no pictures of the camera layout, though there is a very useful 10 page system menu map in the glossary.
Kadner is clearly a RED fan-boy (and who can blame him!) but I feel this may have led him to gloss over some of the camera's shortcomings. To some degree this is offset by the dozen guest contributions from other RED users who are more critical. Arthur Albert (the DP on ER) says the RED, compared to 35mm, effectively loses him two stops, so he had to compensate with more lights. This is a detail (and an important one!) that you could glean from a careful reading of the main text, but it's not made explicit, and I wonder what other problems aren't immediately apparent.
My other gripe is that there's a heavy bias towards Mac users. I'm happy with both platforms, but I'd rather see more for PCs.
All in all an excellent and very welcome book!