My example comes from the Autumn leaf above, it looks bland in black and white yet add colour and looks a million dollars…my point being it was taken in colour and reprocessed into B/W to prove a point.
RED “Engineered exclusively for B&W cinema and photographers, the EPIC-M MONOCHROME is rated natively at ASA 2000 and uses its unique sensor pattern to achieve optimum resolution and extended dynamic range. A dedicated B&W camera takes advantage of greater light sensitivity and tonal transfer in gradients, far exceeding the monochromatic quality of a desaturated color image. All EPIC accessories and modules are compatible with EPIC-M MONOCHROME. Made in the USA.”
The example above was shot on the Epic M camera but if I am being honest my Canon C300 could have done as good a job taking the colour out in post.
The RED EPIC M seems to be a fancy DSLR taking advantage of the hi resolution stills that can be taken from the video footage but do you really need to go this far to get fancy monochrome stills/video.
So much can be done in post these days that I think this camera is a step to far, the emperors new clothes come to mind, I would not spend any amount of money on a monochrome only video camera especially one costing $25,000, that kind of money buys you a Sony 4K PMW-F55.
It’s “trending” once again, RED are trying their best to hit on old ideas by bringing them back to life, I am a big fan of monochrome and spent countless hours in my wee darkroom producing 10″x8″ glossy Ilford prints, so I talk from fond experience.
My Mamiya C330 camera took 2 1/4″x2 1/4″ square negatives but you either used B/W or colour film, you didn’t buy a monochrome only camera !
I think we are trying to please all disciplines today with the photography/video all in one box it’s leading to a quick fix…”heres a video and some stills”.
I am not a fan of “one box does all” I certainly question the need for a monochrome only camera when we have such good plugins today and its the old story once you commit to B/W you can’t go back and colour your footage.
Don’t get me wrong monochrome used in the right context can look very dynamic but when colour is 95% of your workflow to spend $25,000 on a camera body that only produces black and white is like 3D cinematography…a passing phase.