Early reviews of the Ursa Mini were not good. Many buyers received units that put a terrible magenta cast on their footage – a problem displayed by some of Blackmagic’s previous cameras; a problem that the 4.6k sensor was supposed to solve.
RED was having their own problems meeting demand not only for the Raven, but for their then newly announced 5k Scarlet-W, too. The new Scarlet brought many features found in their top of the line 6k Weapon cameras ($30,000 – $60,000) to a $9950 price point. It was tempting, but beyond my budget at that point.
I put a deposit on a Raven and the delay in shipment allowed me to save enough money to pay cash for the camera and enough accessories to get started shooting. A month later when I called to check on how the queue was moving, my RED rep, Nick, told me that the Scarlet-W line was probably going to move faster. With my saving plan already exceeding my original goal, I decided to make the leap, and told him to switch my deposit to a Scarlet-W.
What I (and Nick) didn’t know at the time was that a sensor shortage was going to add to RED’s fulfillment woes.