Lumis Shootout at Mayer's DCI-Café!
Normally I'm a student at AVS, not a poster. But Saturday evening I was able to take an unexpected chance that is not offered every day: W.Mayer was so kind to invite me to his theatre, to see a direct comparison between the new Lumis and his Barco. Of course I went there and may be the one or other impression is of interest, because this duetto infernale is quite impossible to find at the moment.
4 things you should know: 1) Of course there was no shootout at all. 2) My English is not perfect, sorry for mistakes. 3) I am a newbee, but equipped with a few good benchmarks. 4) I am no Sim2 fan. I always had the feel of over-sharpening effects, esp faces. I expected to see the same again.
is as nice as you know him from the forum. Very kind, very friendly, very patient. He showed me all the details I should care about and a lot of 3D-stuff. Deeply impressing, it is like opening a new world. Thank you Wolfgang Mayer!
is - to use a coldmachine term - a pure revelation. Of course the director knows how to let the magic happen. The screen stage appears much bigger than on the pictures. And the best: Everything complete pitchblack, non-reflecting to the last detail, no-compromising - you see the screen and nothing else. Fortunately I had a complete medical team outside, to get fast first aid after the 7 meter shock
After a warm up we selected special casino royal scenes and W.Mayer programmed loops. It was possible to switch the same loop at the same signal level between the units. After watching 7-10 special scenes again and again on 2 screens (5 and 3meters, 17/10ft) here are my impressions.
THE BARCO DCI
what a picture. You miss nothing, the blacks are astonishing good.
You have to see it to believe it! Very sharp, but no digitalism, a sharp-smooth analogue look.
Fantastic colours, not too bright (I expected 35fl as unwatchable, the opposite is true).
- very difficult to compare, because not as bright as the Barco.
As a 11fl consequence, the Lumis had also to live with less intense colours on the 5m screen.
- Lumis colours: quite near to the Barco on the 3m screen.
Not there but damn close, and this with such a small unit and UHP!
- Impressing blacks: best example is the casino diner in the train, the black clothes of the lady.
They are definitely and by far looking better - deepest black with detail and a glance. Very good!
- Sharpness: In some scenes sharper then the barco (i.e. model train).
No more oversharpened faces (effect not there or heavily reduced!) and no haze (see W.Mayers reports in this thread).
- Greater contrast: again the casino train, Bonds suit.
You can not detect the details clearly on the barco. But on the Lumis AT ONCE.
- MOST important for me: the character of the picture.
I asked to see the casino crane-chase filmed from the helicopter.
There is a short scene where this is filmed from the ground up to the sky with a lot of things and red crane-metal in between, the chase running on top and the blue sky ad infinite.
Very difficult to display the colours, extreme challenge for providing depth of sharpness.
What should I say: The Lumis was (minimum) on par, if not even better.
- Now the best: W.Mayer was driving his Barco with a Gamma of 2.2 (if I remember that correct). BUT (!!!) it was an S-shaped gamma curve that could be provided for DCI units.
If you were missing Peters S-shaped high praise, here is the link:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1061272
That the Lumis was able to keep up under these conditions is (for me) a pure sensation.
The only thing I was missing: a motorized lens shift or even better an ILS.
The host. I find this extremely good. HD-SDI etc. all is there. I am sure, when you get used to it, you will never give it up. Supercool fibre-connection
in the end, Alan Gouger is always right: Choose your poison. Every pj has its own advantages. Fact is I had to throw my prejudices overboard.
Seems that: If you want the best colours, if you need tons of light, if you have the room-resources (lot others not to mention) for units like Titan, Barco, Christie, these may be first choice.
But it also seems that if you want to come close to the best 3 DLP-Punch available, on top with ground-breaking DLP-contrast, deep blacks, low-noise cooling and easy-handling, then this unit seems to be the perfect package in a projector.
This esp for those, who want to go with an ISCO or have their pj placed on h&v axis (lens shift).
I will have to wait for my Christie HD 6K-M now, but if the M can't keep up with this astonishing lumis performance or if it is too loud,
I will def not keep it and wait for a Sim2 with ILS (praying for a new HT5K
BTW: The Lumis was giving Wolfgang Mayer a hard time, the pre-prod-unit was (typically) always changing back to the factory storage and he had to re-program.
So his efforts to support you with his results cannot be rated high enough.
Thank you Wolfgang Mayer for this Lumission possible! Grazie di cuore!
Thanks for your attention, sorry for the long post, but to give you a credible newbee impression some detail is needed.