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Lurking for year, now need the pro's help with anamorphic projector setup for a film editor.

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Hi All,


Fantastic job on the site.  I've been lurking for years and have learned lot.  I used to have my own HD blog at inception, but I've come to realise that projectors are another world.  Would love the pro's help in fine-tuning my new anamorphic projector setup for home movie watching.

 

Scenario:  I live in a loft in Hollywood and have exposed beams that are a medium stain with off-white walls.  There is enough decor and curtains to soften the "whiteness of the room."  I have two north facing windows that bring in a good amount of second hand light but I can easily add blackout shades and most of the my movie watching will be at night anyway.  the projector will be firing east, mounted high on the wall or from the beams with a 16ft distance between projector/couch and screen.  I consider myself an audio and videophile and am super picky about quality.  My girlfriend is a film editor and is constantly needing to hook up to the studio servers to watch dailies and will also use the screen as an output monitor when she's editing a movie or TV-show.  Mostly, this setup is for watching flicks and screening parties during academy season.  She's really bugging me to get this right but has zero time to contribute due to her crazy schedule.  We want to have an anamorphic setup to benefit from cinematic movies and need to have an electric drop down screen as we are renting and will need to move in the future.  We're here for at least 3-4 years though.  I've spent hours on the phone with the manufacturers below and have learned a lot, but am also even more confused on what to commit to.  My total budget is around $8-10K and I would like to keep it closer to 8K, but I can get the projector discounted from Sony as I rep a few people there and they have been gracious to offer me their employee discount which I think is 25% off:

 

Gear scenarios:

 

*  HW50es vs HW55es

   with Panamorph Cinevista lens

   Da-Lite Cinema contour, tab-tension, 2:35, motorised, 1.3 gain.

 

VERSUS

 

*  HW600es with zoom

   Da-Lite Cinema contour, tab-tension, 2:35, motorised, 1.3 gain

 

OR, LESS LIKELY AS THIS IS BLOODY EXPENSIVE:

 

*  HW600es with zoom

   Da-Lite Cinema contour, tab-tension, 2:35, motorised, 1.3 gain

   Panamorph UH480 or DC1

 

 

Here are my dilemmas:

 

*  Attaining the anamorphic format and the screen are my biggest unknowns as I haven't physically seen any.  There aren't really any good showrooms here.

 

*  I also don't know if buying an anamorphic lens for an HW55 is a good long term investment.  For that reason, I'm willing to get the HW600es and hopefully zoom but don't know if this will effect the picture quality to the point of annoyance?  Having to add an anamorphic lens to a 600 is going to be costly, but may be a better investment long-term?

 

*  The guy at Da-Lite really did a great job of explaining the screen differences, but is this the best fit screen in this price range to get the best picture based on my environment?

 

* I have no idea where to begin with masking this setup for 16:9 movies.  I was told just to deal with the black bars.

 

I know there is a lot of talent in this forum and would love your guidance.  I'm so confident, I joined the forum after 6 years of lurking!  Thanks in advance and really looking forward to your feedback.  Cheers.  Neil.

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Anyone?

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The 50ES or 55ES with A-lens will not be able to do 3D movies, since neither of those projector can do the vertical stretch in 3D mode.
The 600ES using lens memory will work great, as long as you can lose the black bars on the wall behind the screen. In other words, the wall should not be white.
The VW600ES used with an A-lens. This works fine, but you will not be able to use the A-lens with any 4K content, since the 600ES can't do vertical stretch with 4K native content.

Looks to me the best option for you would be the VW600ES with lens memory.
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I would zoom with the 600ES
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So interesting.  Thank you.  I also didn't realise the limitations of the 600es either.  What exactly does this mean:

 

Quote:

 "you will not be able to use the A-lens with any 4K content, since the 600ES can't do vertical stretch with 4K native content."

 

Will I be able to vertical stretch 4k content without the A-lens?

 

It's also interesting to see two people both suggest the 600es with zoom.  I think the HW55es with an A-lens is close approaching the price of a VW600es where it makes more long term sense.  If I got the HW55 A-lens from Panamorph I wouldn't have much use for it on a future projector correct?

 

Does it seem as though with 4K projector brightness and performance rapidly increasing that A-lenses will soon not be needed?

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