The very first RED Epic shipped to a customer, Mark L Peterson from OffHollywood in New York has been stolen whilst he was staying in a French chalet in Meribel with his family in the middle of the night. Nobody was harmed thankfully.
This is an historic camera and is obviously seen so by Jim Jannard as he is offering a $100,000 reward for the return of the camera, media and the conviction of the thieves. You can find details about that here. This is NOT a ransom payment!!
It will be pretty much impossible for this camera to be sold on to someone as you don’t get a more noticeable camera than this out there and it will of course be impossible to be privately sold to someone wanting to use it as they will never be able to get it updated, fixed, repaired or have any support whatsoever. Even just using it will arouse so much suspicion as the RED community and the filmmaking world is pretty small. Most likely the camera was stolen without the dumb thief knowing what they had. They would have been better off stealing Mark’s T2i (if he had one) or iphone as that’s easier to sell!!
So let’s hope it gets back. I know how he feels, almost. This is my dream camera and one day I hope I will own one. This for me is the ultimate filmmaking tool. Let’s hope she gets back to her rightful owner!