Originally Posted by GlenC
I would agree with this. The HD5000 is a great performer
I've been tortured over the decision between a Panamorph UH480 or the Prismasonic HD5000 lens for my set up. I still haven't fully decided.
In my case I'm setting up for a zoom-method, variable image size, with variable 4 way masking. So I'm not sticking to any single particular screen size. But I have bought the biggest screen I could get to allow for future upgrades. This is 124" wide viewing area.
However, I'd calculated from my 13.6' (ish) throw distance that I would need an anamorphic lens if I want to get up to that full 124" wide. So in my case the lens would most likely be used only when I want to view scope movies at the biggest size possible on my screen, due to a limited throw distance.
I'm still not sure which lens (Panamorph or Prismasonic) would best suit such a scenario and the issue is now accute since I'm having my projector lift installed tomorrow. I am trying to leave dimensions availalbe for adding an A-lens if necessary.
I like the Panamorph as I've seen it in action and the cinem4home measurements of that lens were re-assuring. Also, I like the idea of moving the lens out of the way when not used (that's the anal videophile in me, not wanting more glass in the way when not necessary).
But then...maybe I wouldn't see a difference with something like the Prismasonic HD5000 in the light path all the time. (However, even if I had an A-lens in the path, I'd still be wanting to re-zoom the image a lot).
A quick pre-test showed me I might be able to get up to a 122" wide image with my JVC RS20 just by zooming. So I'm starting out with no A-lens to see if I feel the need. But then, future projectors I buy may not have as large a zoom ratio as the JVC.