Originally Posted by Pedro2
Sigh. I'm not surprised--what surprised me was that the guy I talked to said that the mini would do just as good of a job as the HD version using the AE4000. I prefer to believe the guy I talked to, of course
But who knows. I do know that at least one person on this thread has used the mini with a JVC RS2 with good results, which is an equivalent (or better) projector. One thing that is quite noticeable: the HD and even the regular lens is HUGE compared to the mini, and weighs a great deal more. Better optics, no doubt. But noticeable with a .7 LCD lens with a moderate sized screen?
I have zero experience with the HD or the regular line, but my mini is nothing short of great. I had to sell my Panamorph UH380 because my throw was too short and had severe bowing. So I went the "poor man's" way of CIH by zooming, but with my limited throwing distance I needed a conversion lens to get the image to the size I wanted it. I'm throwing a 118'' x 51'' from ~ 10.5' with the help of the mini. I had both the UH380 and mini together for a short while before selling the Panamorph. I had minor color fringing with the Panamorph on the right edge of the image (the Panamorph was not B stock)...and the severe bowing as mentioned before. With the mini I get a perfectly rectangular image. There's no softening of the image's focus anywhere (and I checked carefully around the edges). If there was loss of brightness because of not using the full 16x9 panel when anamorphically stretching the image instead of a letterboxed image I couldn't detect it with my eyes. With other less expensive conversion lenses I did notice a minor loss of brightness or minor softening of the focus around the edges.
OP: If you can easily return whatever you order I'd get the mini and take it from there. Your only limitation will be if you cannot fit your projected image on the smaller lens of the mini. If it fits you are set.
Again, zero experience with the regular and HD lines of the Navitar conversion lenses, but I doubt I could get better results with the regular or HD more expensive lines. The limit for me is the quality of the source and the quality of the optics of the projector itself (my JVC RS2 clone has slightly better optics than the Optoma H78 it replaced). I have compared the same size 16x9 image on my screen with and without the mini. The mini is transparent in my setup.
I should specify which model I have...I have the SSC065 0.65X Mini ScreenStar Wide Angle Converter.