I've go the older metal Panamorph with oil and have been always plagued by the vertical distortions and focus uniformity problems of that era - well, I think you know the story. Luckily, after years of waiting and so forth, I only ended up paying $100 more than your power buy price.
Anyway, I was wondering if this new solid plastic version is free from these distortions. I realize being solid, that the focus won't change over the period of a movie due to temperature (or will it?), but are we guaranteed an evenly focused image across the screen and no compression/expansion distortion vertically or the usual barrel/pincushion distortion? Have these models (or prototype) been tested? I just probably missed the threads on this, so I apologize if this was covered.
I was considering buying another LCD projector (HS20) and trying it first with the older Panamorph. Even with all its problems, it still produces a nice filmlike image which I've grown accustomed to. If I see a real advantage for 2.35:1 movies, I may consider this power buy (if not too late by then), but only if I knew I would be licking those other problems for good. However, now that I write this, throwing another $500 at this may be a foolish thing. Any chance of offering an upgrade price for previous owners? :D
Just curious, will the new Panamorph work on an older rail? Thanks.