Originally Posted by Franin
He's around in different threads.
Btw I'm interested to know does he move his lens when watching 16x9 or does he keep it in place?
GetGray might know that one.
My thoughts on lens in/lens out; I would move the lens (and I do) simply because you're losing a hell of a lot of pixels by squeezing the image using the 4:3 mode and leaving it in place. I tell my customers they can do this but there is a downside. You are really sacrificing image clarity by leaving the lens in place. Lens out is superior for 16:9 viewing.
On the horizontal plane, you're making your pixels one third wider if leaving lens in place, which is much like zooming for scope anyway. (not sure on the exact maths Aussie bob will know I'm sure) So leaving lens in place, creates black bars, which are active pixels outside the 16:9 image area - these are YOUR pixels pulled out and pushed aside from your NATIVE 16:9 resolution... Perhaps it's worse than zooming because when you zoom you don't lose any resolution, you keep all the native resolution from the scope dvd. (Sure when you use a lens you gain brightness and extra pixels, yes I know they're not pixels that were encoded into the movie to begin with)
This is one reason I like 'booths' and tower mounted systems or shelves etc. One can get to the projector and lens to move in or out. Better still if you have a Cineslide, you can mount wherever you like. I'm sure Scott from Cineslide agrees 100%.