New here and also new to the AE8000. Just got it in yesterday! What a wonderful piece of equipment.
Spent about 6 hours trying to get it all configured for lens memory swap between 16:9 and 2.35:1. Like many others have mentioned here, this is easier said than done.
The first thing I learned here is that I needed to do the 16:9 setup first, then the 2:35:1. I did it the other way around because honestly, 99% of the time 2.35 is what I watch. However, that made for a nightmare to setup the 16:9 afterwards. So, I'll be resetting everything to factory and starting over.
The HUGE disappointment though was that I built this room from scratch about a year ago, taking into account the dimensions given by the Panasonic throw distance calculator. ( http://www.panasonic.net/avc/projector/calculator/
That tool is whacked! It was no where near where I needed to be. I built in reinforcements between joists to solidly mount the projector at around 13ft like the tool told me to. No wonder I can't get a big enough image at 16:9 and I need to nearly max out the zoom to fill the 2:35 with 2:35 content.
For what I just learned via the much better ProjectorCentral tool, to fill in my 120' Curved 2.35:1 I need to be closer to 16ft out!
Now I need to find a joist close to that distance, but my Peerless mount probably won't be as happy as it is right now.
All in all, so far I am having a blast setting all this up and learning the ropes. I have not tweaked anything yet but out of the box it looked amazing to me!
I'm sure I'll be back asking for some more advice as I try to get my setup ready for prime time.