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I/m in the market to spend some money on a pj and lens. Would like to keep it around 6k or less. I was damn near ready to buy the JVC RS1 when I read it does not have an anamorpic squeeze option.

So what are you using and how is it working for you?
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I use the Panamorph UH380 Lens and M380 sled along with the Lumagen HDQ scaler.

EDIT: Powerbuy is officially over - contact Panamorph - they have been know to extend pricing sometimes
With the current powerbuy you can get:
UH380 Lens $1,875
M380 Transport $1,875
P380-2 Attachment Kit $350 (if appro)
Lumagen HDQ MSRP $2000

That puts you at your 6K mark (a little less - the HDQ can be had for less - contact AVS).

Very happy, I can't imagine a better price/performance ratio.
With the scaler in there - you can use the JVC projector, and if you could go with the HDP/Pro scaler to save money if you can live with 2 fewer digital inputs.

PS. I am a former Prismasonic 1200 user - I like the Panamorph better.

PPS - Uh Oh - powerbuy is ended!
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I think the $6K was for PJ and lens.

I have a 4 year old Sony HS10 and a DIY lens, total cost around $2600. Using an HTPC as the scalar.
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Drunkin penquin,
You don't want a squeeze function your want a vertical stretch function. and if your projector does not do it some DVD players do not that, that helps with non DVDs
I have an Optoma H77 and the UH380. Both the H77 and 2 of my DVD players all do the vertical stretch.

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So I really don't need a scaler? This room is being designed for movies only. So if I buy the JVC SR1 (im really diggin this thing for some reason) then all I would need is a dvd player that has vertial scaling? Can you recomend one that does HD dvds?

Also I see the powerbuy is over for the UH 380. I dont see myself spending 3k on that lens so is there another alternative in the 1800 price range?
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Mits. HD1000 and the pana. P752. I'm shooting a 8' wide 2.35:1 DIY PVC screen. My room is 14'X25'. My sound is "7.1" with hd-dvd and blu-ray players and a HTPC for sd dvd movies.

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I'm using an Optoma H78 with an ISCO II, though I'm moving house and the pj is staying with the house, so I'll be looking at an upgrade in the near future. I'm taking the ISCO with me though.

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I'm not sure there are any HD players that do the stretch. Of course if you don't find a lens you won't need the stretch either.

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Gary, do you find you need to refocus with the isco II when it's moved? I know you have a slide and I didn't, so I'm wondering if that makes a difference.

 

 

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Infocus 777, Isco III, CineSlide. The ground glass lenses are beautiful. No refocus, no off center image shift.
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Gary, do you find you need to refocus with the isco II when it's moved? I know you have a slide and I didn't, so I'm wondering if that makes a difference.

Hi,

I actually don't have a slide. I used to have a Prismasonic with pass through mode, but found no visible difference with scaling and pass through, so stopped using it. I now only use the ISCO II with it fixed and scale all ratios accordingly.

The ISCO II does change the image size slightly, and probably the focus too, so it's not the ideal lens to use if you want to move it out of the way for 16:9.

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Marantz VP11-S1 & Benq W10000 and Isco III lens, lens and projectors mounted behind seats on shelf so only manual sled, lens doesnt get moved from the Marantz, if I want 16:9 I just drop down the 110" dalite highpower electric screen and flick on the Benq W10000
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Hey Art,

Did you already get your new gear setup? Cant wait to see screenshots!
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Did you already get your new gear setup? Cant wait to see screenshots!

I wish it to be so, in about a month.

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Panasonic AX-100 and Prismasonic FE-1500M. The lens was more than the projector, but I figure I'll have the lens for a long time!

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Drunkin penquin,
You don't want a squeeze function your want a vertical stretch function. and if your projector does not do it some DVD players do not that, that helps with non DVDs
I have an Optoma H77 and the UH380. Both the H77 and 2 of my DVD players all do the vertical stretch.

It then depends on if he wants to leave the lens in place all the time or remove it for the smaller ARs. H-squeeze (I can use the 4 x 3 mode) is needed for optical correct 16:9 images...

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Thanks for everybodys input. I think I have decided on the JVC RS1 with the prismasonic 1500mFE. Now I just have to decide on a scaler.

This is turning out to be a very expensive hobby!
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This is turning out to be a very expensive hobby!

But a good one though

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RS1 and Prismasonic H-FE1500M. Combo HD-DVD/Blu-Ray drive in HP HTPC for play and stretch...

In fact, just got the replacement RS1 running and all seems fine so far (I sure hope it keeps running well). If that continues, I will mount it and the lens in their permanent places tomorrow and try to post a picture....

UPDATE: Mounted and working well!


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I have infocus 7210 vertical stretch with a anamorph 100 I bought in 2002. I guess I have been one of the first (used the nec 260k back then).

My new set will arrive from france at the end of the month I hope (diy coated prisms).
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RS1 and Prismasonic H-FE1500R.

Working well. I have zero bowing and very sharp focus.
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RS-1 and a AussieMorphic lens; max throw from about 22' or so. Very little vertical or horizontal projector offset. Under those conditions I see no pincushioning at all and the light cone at the AussieMorphic lens is pretty small, about 1"-1-1/2".

The lens does cause a little softening of focus. When I look at the pixel grid while close to the screen, I can see the effect of the lens on the grid lines as they are not as sharp as with the lens in use.

However, I've got no complaints on picture quality. The difference is small. There is a much bigger difference in picture sharpness when going from SD to HD DVDs.


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I currently have an Optoma h78 and a prismasonic H600lens. Overall I like the combo, but I do need to refocus slightly when switching between ratios. In the future I plan to get a 1080p projector and a vertical squeeze lens. This will allow me to put the projector at the back of the room by extending the throw ratio compared to a horizontal stretch lens. I will then just scale the HDTV stuff and leave the lens in place all the time. This will make it more user friendly for the whole family. With 1080 x1920 I don't think I'll notice the slight loss in resolution for the HDTV stuff.
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I have a Panasonic AE700 projector with a panamorph U85 lens that I purchased during the recent powerbuy back in April. The combination works well. I use an HTPC to do the vertical stretch.
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Using a JVC RS1 with Prismasonic H-FE1500R with Anthem D2 doing the scaling and Video processing. Magnificent! Screen is DIY 10.5 foot wide screen painted with Misty Evening-ish paint.

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Optoma H79 and a Aussiemorphic II that will arrive soon. Can't wait to join the Club

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