Join Date: May 2005
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
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The RS10 is my entrance into the projector world, replacing a very temporary Optoma HD65. First of all, I must say that little Optoma projector looked pretty good to my eyes. However, the RS10 is a noticeable improvement. The image is sharper, with considerably more contrast and depth. I am going to need others help to figure out the "proper" settings for the projector, but I initially set the RS10 on Normal Lamp Mode, Cinema 1, 6500K, Iris 3, gamma Normal. I may have to play with those settings a bit, as light areas on the screen were almost a bit too bright. My screen is a 120" 2.37 with a throw ratio of 1.6. All I can say is the image is incredibly good and engaging.
I mentioned my concern with the UH380 and the RS10 at my throw distance. I have never set up an anamorphic lens before, and as I will be ceiling mounting the RS10 once my Chief mount and new Panamorph plate arrives, I wasn't sure I would learn anything from trying it while the projector was table mounted. But I figured I would give it a try. I was about 6 inches in front of where the ceiling mount would have been, so I actually at a throw ratio of 1.55. I added the vertical stretch mode, and tried to hand hold the lens (that thing is heavy). I eventually think I got it in a pretty good position, as it seemed to fill the screen perfectly. I could not see any vignetting, and in fact the lens was not even right up against the projector. My only criticism with the lens, was that the picture didn't seem quite as sharp. It may be my imagination, or it could certainly be trying to hold the lens by hand. Does the focus need to be readjusted with the lens in front? Anyway, it seems like it works, even at a bare minimum throw ratio. I am way outside the "sweet" spot of the UH380, so that my also explain the slight decrease in sharpness, with a lens to screen distance of only less than 11 feet.
So, initial tests with Panamorph lens seem encouraging at short throw ratios. Projector looks good, looking forward to getting setting tips from those far more experienced than myself. So far, pleased with my purchase.