Originally Posted by GetGray
Panamorph has a automated transport that fits it. Was sold under Optoma and Marantz branding, too. See them for sale used regularly if you want to automate it and don't want new.
Yes, ideally I would want the A-lens on a motorized sled too, and I'm aware of the ATH1 Transport for the UH480.
I've been watching the A-lens market for years and I can't recall the last time I saw one of those transports actually for sale second hand, alone. Usually it's a lens/transport being sold together. I'm not sure I can even come up with a reason anyone would sell just their ATH1 Transport if they owned a Panamorph lens.
But if you know of any bargains...I'm all ears.
My issue is that it's been hard to justify spending a lot of money on A-lenses and transports. Unlike most people who use an A-lens every time they switch to scope, I only use it occasionally, just to get those last few inches of width in my set up when I want it.
When my friend came over and saw the Panamorph lens I told him how much I spent on it, which was an incredible bargain. He couldn't believe it was "so expensive." Then I told him how much it was new. He almost fell over. Then I told him how much an electric transport was just to move the lens into position. He literally couldn't comprehend the price "just for a lens to widen the image????!!!!"
The ironic thing is this is a guy who reviews high end audio and is used to insane prices for amplifiers, DACs, speakers not to mention cables. (He once had $18,000 1m long speaker cables at his place).
Anyway, the prices for an A-lens and transport does tend to make the blood run cold, which is why I leapt at this once-in-a-lifetime price for the UH480.
I doubt I'll have any such luck with a remote controlled transport, but I'll be keeping my eyes out.