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Shawn notified me right before Thanksgiving that my UH380 lens had shipped - it should be here tomorrow. Once it gets in I'll review it - does anyone else already have theirs? I'd love to hear first impressions of anyone that does. Until then, I guess I'll just have to sit patiently and hope I get off work soon enough to get the hardware to mount mine on my H79 tomorrow night.

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I have one on order but have not been notified yet. Which is ok, since my HT still is a few weeks from being complete . How do you plan on mounting the lens and how big is your screen? I have an H78 so I am definitely interested in your comments and setup.
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My UH380 lens and sled are on order, and I was told it would be shipping this week. I am still struggling with how to mount it. My Pearl lens is about 30 inches from the ceiling on a Chief mount. Not sure yet of the best way to drop the lens/sled 30 inches. I can shorten up the mount pole somewhat on the projector, I have enough zoom and offset range. The mount needs to be stiff, but I would prefer something that is not too massive - perhaps a lattice box? Not sure...
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The UH380 arrived yesterday, unfortunately I do not have the set-up to test it properly.

It is a very large, solid, and heavy piece that seems well constructed and looks quite nice. As for performance, since I just had time during the day in a non-light controlled bright room on a 16:9 screen, not many comments or comparisions since I am a novice. Seemed to pair fine with my Sony 12HT at 1.67 TR, but I think I will have some pincushion/barrel. It should not be an issue once I have a proper 2.35 screen and can mask it.

I can't wait until my theatre room is ready to use it properly.
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Please post some photos guys...

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I haven't recieved a reply yet either. I have both the lens and mount on order. My TR will be 2.0 so I hope things work great. Not going to have any masking. Will decide on that later next year. Will be using a panny900u and a carada BW 128" 2.35 diag screen.
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My first uh380 arrived in the mail about 30 minutes ago. I'll be setting it up likely tomorrow and will link to some pictures.

I have prior experience with my sanyo z3 and a h600m diy lens, this one will be paired with a z4.

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Just got an email asking to confirm my address. Sounds like they will be shipping a bunch in the next few days. Even though the theater is not complete I'll be giving it a go as soon as I get it. What's the saying about not hanging the projector until you're done with construction?
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I just took the lens out of its package and I have to echo that it has a very heavy, solid feel to it and it also looks very nice. As soon as I get it mounted on my pj I'll post some pictures. Having held it in place in front of the pj, I have to say I'm really impressed with the image from my normal viewing position - there was no visible CA or pincushion (obviously this is just a first impression, I'll give a more thorough review later). I've got my H79 set at max TR (2.16x I believe) on a 136" Carada Brilliant White 2.35:1 screen.

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Got my lens today, and agree with HogPilot's assessment. Am still in construction so can't test it's performance for a couple of weeks or so.

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OK the curiosity is killing me. Mine is due to ship soon, got the email to confirm my address so I expect it any day now. I'm anxious to at least see what it looks like. I Hope someone posts a picture soon.
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OK the curiosity is killing me. Mine is due to ship soon, got the email to confirm my address so I expect it any day now. I'm anxious to at least see what it looks like. I Hope someone posts a picture soon.

yeah, someone post a pic... pretty please...
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I received my UH380 Lens today. I don't have it mounted yet, but I placed it in front of my pj and I just have to give "Shawn Kelly" TWO THUMBS UP. I already have a CIH set up with my (VP30 Scaler), (Optoma EP758 PJ) and I'm fine with what I have. I don't mind the black bars up top and bottom of the screen. I can use the scaler to lose the bars. The UH380 lens makes my CIH WIDER than before. (SWEET)...
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II don't mind the black bars up top and bottom of the screen. I can use the scaler to lose the bars. The UH380 lens makes my CIH WIDER than before. (SWEET)...

What is your geometry like

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When you folks post, can you please include info such as screen height and throw?

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Those of you who have received your lens/mount, did you receive tracking information or did it just show up on your doorstep?
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Those of you who have received your lens/mount, did you receive tracking information or did it just show up on your doorstep?

I received an email from Shawn with a tracking number, actually just a few hours ago. UPS site says mine will be here tomorrow, though we're supposed to get 6 or so inches of snow tonight.

and i will post pics ...
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I received an email from Shawn with a tracking number, actually just a few hours ago. UPS site says mine will be here tomorrow, though we're supposed to get 6 or so inches of snow tonight.

and i will post pics ...

Exact same situation for me, except no snow is forecast I have a crappy camera, just a cheap thing I bought to keep track of what was in each wall during construction so don't expect great photos. No word on the sled shipment yet. I shortened up my Pearl mount pole, the center of the lens of the projector is now 21 inches from the ceiling.
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I just got my tracking number. It shows mine will be here on the 5th and that it was delayed due to weather yesterday. It does show that it left late last night (3 AM) so i'd imagine those scheduled for delivery tomorrow should still be on que.
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I got mine today and it does look good. Very solid construction. I won't have a chance to try it for a couple of weeks but I need to figure out how I am going to mount it. My PJ (HD81) will be about 6" below the ceiling and the mount bracket of the UH380 gives you 2-3" at most between it and the top of the lens. At first I thought the only thing missing from the box was an instruction manual but thinking about it, apart from which way round to put it there 'aint much to it!!
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Here are a couple of pictures
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What is your geometry like

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My room size is 20'x20'. Screen height is 54 1/2" and Throw distance is 18ft. I will adjust my screen size down some when I mount the lens. I did receive a tracking number by email.
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Shawn told me on Monday that my UH380 would ship in a couple of days. I haven't received any shipping info yet and my installer is hanging my HD81 and 2:35 Stewart 100" ST130 on the 5th. It sure would be nice to hang the lens and transport.

Speaking of the M380 transport, has anybody received this yet? Or is it just the lens shipping currently? I guess if there's no M380, then installation on the 5th would be a
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My room size is 20'x20'. Screen height is 54 1/2" and Throw distance is 18ft. I will adjust my screen size down some when I mount the lens. I did receive a tracking number by email.

The reason I asked was you mentioned about black bars top and bottom of the image. This suggests to me that there is a scaling issue here as you should not see any black bars top or bottom for any AR - hence the name Constant Image Height.

That lens looks almost sexy...

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The reason I asked was you mentioned about black bars top and bottom of the image. This suggests to me that there is a scaling issue here as you should not see any black bars top or bottom for any AR - hence the name Constant Image Height.

That lens looks almost sexy...

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I see what you are talking about. My pj is an (XGA 1024x768). I will be upgrading soon to either a 720p or the new HD81 pj. I know I need a True (16x9) pj to get that superwide look..
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1024 x 768 is 4 x 3, but the Panamorph lens can turn that (optically) into a 16:9, so you will have black bars for 235 films, but at least you can use the full rez for 16:9. These devices will have a "16:9" mode that then becomes 1024 x 576 and this mode will allow you to do the scaling as well, but it not the same or as good as a true 16:9 + lens...

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Jeff - I would give Shawn a call. If they haven't already shipped it they might be able to ship it overnight or on a 2 day to get to you in time. I have found Panamorph to be helpful and efficient! It would be great to see pictures of your set up. I have a very similar combination but will be a few weeks behind you.
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Jeff - I would give Shawn a call. If they haven't already shipped it they might be able to ship it overnight or on a 2 day to get to you in time. I have found Panamorph to be helpful and efficient! It would be great to see pictures of your set up. I have a very similar combination but will be a few weeks behind you.

Yes, you're right about Panamorph and Shawn, very good communication. Shawn
sent me a PM because he had problems reaching me by phone and email. The
lens and sled will arrive today--all is good with the world!

I am looking forward to seeing this setup in action so much after hearing about
Optoma's comparison of the UH380 vs. Schneider, and ISCO II and III. Panamorph looks like they've got a real winner on their hands and Shawn and crew are really having to put in the hours to satisfy demand, I would guess!

I will post pictures of my setup as soon as I can. I will be at minimum throw, 12'
for a 100" by 43.5" screen, so I am expecting to see some slight distortion on the
sides. We shall see.

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I am looking forward to seeing this setup in action so much after hearing about Optoma's comparison of the UH380 vs. Schneider, and ISCO II and III.

Where can I read about this comparison?
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Yes where can we read that?

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