Originally Posted by RapalloAV
So you don't have 16:9 menus that spill over your zoomed image?
are we watching movies? if i have 16:9 content, i use 16:9 lens memory setting. if i'm watching scope stuff, then i use that setting. i don't understand why you'd be in the menus at all, and if you are, then it's 16:9. i'm curious, but when you go into these 16:9 menus, do you move the a-lens out of the way, and turn off the anamorphic stretch? i really feel the 'work' involved with either method is about the same. maybe two button clicks.
No one here is trying to convince you on anything, that's not what the thread is about, if you like zooming good on you, that's great!
Great that you also test things before you believe in them, but its obvious you haven't done so with anamorphic lenses so I'm not sure you are qualified to comment. I mentioned that I too was once like you, criticized and put down anamorphic projection, changed though after I tested with and without.
i haven't a/b'd in my own home, or on the same projector, but I've seen a-lens before. i happen to like the look of my jvc zoomed, better than that other projector with a-lens. i now it's not apples to apples, but it was dollars to dollars(actually the a-lens setup was about 2k more). maybe it's more than i feel there's so many other things that are more necessary of improvement. i still feel that on the projectors I've had experience with, brightness and pixel structure weren't things that needed to be fixed. and zooming isn't inconvenient either. the a-lens fixes problems i don't have. maybe it's like buying high quality headphones while i'm still listening to mp3's...
I have heaps of friends that are still running 480/720p projectors with low contrast ratios and they think they are incredible. They put down those that spend 15k or so on great projectors with amazing resolutions and blacks, I think they call that the 'tall poppy syndrome"
Different strokes for different folks.
i am not that guy. in my circle of friends i'm the one that's known to 'overspend' because i have to have 'the best'. i don't think i'm truly deserving of that though, because i hate spending money if there's no substance behind it. i don't like buying into brand names, or because somebody else said it was the best, or simply because it's the most expensive. but i also hate buying crap. there's no bigger waste of money then cheaping out on something. but i suppose we all find our place in the market and think anybody who spends more/less is dumb
i'm just debating some of the 'problems' of zooming with you. if you want to say you need the extra brightness, or you want the extra resolution, i can accept that as your preferences and equipment are different than mine. but i will argue that zooming is precise, accurate, still maintains 100% of the source's detail, is quick and easy, and looks professional. if you've experienced otherwise, chances are that was the quality, not the technique. you wouldn't accept me saying anamorphic is crap because i tried it with a 300 lens i bought off ebay.