Greg, it's definitely not the XY scenario. I equally despise just about all digital cameras (Sony F950, Sony CineAlta F35, Arri Alexa, etc.), except for the Red Epic and maybe the Red One. Here's why and of course this is purely my opinion: The picture is extremely flat. Not one ounce of even the slightest depth, or 3D effect. Noisy. Low dynamic range. Full of artifacts. Dark scenes are simply atrocious. Mostly incorrect shutter speed of 1/50 (50Hz in Europe), or 1/60 in the U.S. Super low resolution. Even a garbage 35mm film stock is six times higher. In conclusion, virtually ZERO film like quality.
These cameras produce such a flat, uninspiring, boring, and not interesting visual experience that it's like listening to Pink Floyd: Afterwards, one immediately wants to commit suicide from severe depression.
The ugliest movies in cinematic history are the Star Wars prequels and everything shot by Mann after Ali. Nothing even comes close. And I'm including Uwe Boll's films here and any B movie with a budget greater than 10K that was shot on film. But George Lucas was a pioneer, so I won't hate on him. Same goes for James Cameron, my all time favorite director and an inspiration. Mann on the other hand should have a psych evaluation.
Prometheus was starting to resemble film (Red Epic was used). Also take a look at The Hobbit's trailer (Red Epic again). There's a reason why Fincher waited years before attempting to shoot digital and he chose the Red One. There's also a reason why Cameron has purchased 50 Red Epic cameras for Avatar 2 and 3. And of course there's also a reason why Tarantino and Spielberg still love film.
Edited by NagysAudio - 8/7/12 at 10:45pm