Originally Posted by zombie10k
If your only interested in 2D, the JVC RS45 is a great bargain for the $$ and has the lens memory your looking for. It's the black level king in this price category.
The VW95 is very nice and benefits from inexpensive lamp replacements. The only issue is that Sony just forced their dealers to start selling it at MSRP as of June 1st. I would have bought one at the previous street prices, but definitely not at MSRP, there are too many other nice projectors for much less.
The 5010 is a great projector for the $$ and has very good black level but the lens setup is all manual vs. the RS45's automated zoom for scope movies.
The Panasonic's have some reported issues with lamp flicker. It's hard to determine how widespread it is.
Or at a similar price to the Sony VW95 you could consider the JVC step-up model DLA-RS55. If has a full color management system (missing on the RS45), a little better contrast ratio/black levels and has e-Shift for provide a psuedo 4K (upscaled) resolution image for a slightly more film-like look. You can find reviews and comparisons of the projectors mentioned so far in this thread at projectorreviews.com and all of these projectors also have discussion threads here on the AVS Forum. In fact projectorreviews.com must recently posted the 2012 home theater projector comparison report which might be a good starting point for your search for a new projector.
Do you plan on a 120" 2.35:1 aspect ratio (AR) screen or a 120" 16 x 9 (1.78:1 AR) screen. In either case any of the above mentioned projectors will be bright enough in 2D mode (in a dark room) even with a gain=1.0 screen. If you go with a screen with a gain of perhaps 1.3 (e.g., Stewart StudioTek 130) then you could run the JVC, Sony or Epson projectors in low lamp mode most of the time giving increased life for the lamp.