As promised, some pics!!! DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER even though I have a nice camera. LOL This goes to show that even having a good camera, doesn't make you a photographer.
Camera is a Nikon D5000 and it was set up on a tripod at much as possible to the center of the screen. I used ISO 3200 and a 10 second automatic trigger release in order to avoid any sort of movement on my part.
The room was PITCH BLACK and the I have set my Epson 8350 settings using the LIVING ROOM settings as my base settings. I used Spears and Munsil Bluray calibration disc and like I said, I used living room mode as my base.
Why living room mode? Because Cinema Mode was not outputting enough lumens for me to be content with SF v2 4.0... The colors as always were right but the scene just looked too dull. I also tried Natural Mode and even though it was a good step towards a brighter screen, it had some sort of a greenish tint to the overall image. But on the lumens department, it was doing MUCH better than cinema.
Now, Living Room mode was a whole different story. After calibration, I am seeing the same colors and tones as cinema mode BUT at much higher lumens. It really gave the screen the push it needed and now I am enjoying an image with LOTS of pop and deep blacks.
The images below DO NOT serve these images any justice. Like I said earlier, I am not a photographer and I know that under the right settings, my camera could reproduce almost exact replicas of what I am seeing, but for that someone will have to chime in with better settings for my Nikon D5000.
SF v2 4.0 is performing BEAUTIFULLY in my HT. With enough lumens and proper calibration, I am getting a 3D'ish pop to my images with deep blacks and great contrast. Avatar looked unreal.
BTW, I am running a 48" CIH setup (1.78 and 2.40 AR) with manual zoom.
Ok enough talking, here are the pics:
PIC 1: The Green Hornet - 2.40 AR
PIC 2: Cars - 2.40 AR
PIC 3: Kung Fu Panda - 2.40 AR
PIC 4: Avatar - 1.78 AR
PIC 5: Avatar - 1.78 AR
ONE LAST THING: A huuuuuuge shout out to pb_maxxx and especially MississippiMan. You guys have no idea how invaluable these two guys are to the DIY community. MM will bend backwards in every imaginable way in order to help members out. A++++++++++