Cleaned my optics yesterday for the first time ever on my 510. Heart was pounding the whole time cause I didn't wanna screw up anything! Anyways, thanks to you guys and the service manual that was made available, I never felt like I was outta my league.
Things that surprised me...
--My mirror wasn't dusty at all. Cleaned it anyway, but despite shining the flashlight on it and giving the finger rub, it was pretty clean.
--I was warned about dropping screws, and I didn't. But there was this little rod coming between the red and green guns the made removing and replacing the back corner screws of those guns a nerve racking experience for me. Normally I'd use a magnetic tipped screw driver, but I erred on the side of caution knowing there's magnates in the TV. You guys can tell me if I was being silly or not.
--Removed the lens pack and wasn't expecting the almost cup like final lense. Debated for a few minutes whether I was supposed to be cleaning it or not (it needed it) cause I don't recall anyone mentioning a lens of that deep a concave. Then I fretted about how much spray to use. Might have used a little too little on that first one, but the rest of them I foamed up pretty good.
Hard for me to judge how well I did with the physical clean. I saw streeks and things that on a film camera lens I'd have gone to town on, but here I just worried I'd scratch things.
Convergence went well. Never knew the proper way of doing it till I read the service manual, breaking the screen up into quadrants, then color, and ONLY doing verticals, then doing horizontals. Made it much easier, and more accurate then I've ever been. Also, doing it with before putting back on the anti glare screen, man that saved my eyes!
So I snapped some before and after pics using everyone's favorite Fifth Element scene...
My black level was at 10, I turned it back down to 0, which was where it was at when first calibrated 9 years ago. Debating whether that's too dark or not.
I didn't time code for exact screen shots, so that might explain the sudden appearance of her right eyeball, but I love how inky the blacks are again in general.
Here's where I'm really not sure about the black level. Top pic, you can see her face and more white of her outfit. Bottom the face is not really visible, and the white is fairly shadowed (again this might be due to them not being exactly the same grab), but it's so much crisper now. In the below pic it's a case of seeing the policeman's eyes or not. When in motion I didn't have a problem with it, so I don't know.
This one illustrates one of the things that really made me wanna clean the optics. See how the bright white light halos in the top pic? I cropped it out of the photo, but it was haloing into the letterboxing! Whenever there'd be a scene with someone standing in front of a bright window, they'd just be a silhouette. Working in the camera department, I know most cinematographers would have exposed for this. So I figured it was the dust on the lens causing this. Happy to see that with the cleaning, no more halo!
Little bummed that I didn't get rid of this small blemish that is visible in the lower portion of my screen (no pic), as it is now obvious it's not any of the lenses. Must be on one of the mirrors underneath somewhere. I'm not going there! Also, I think I've now made the minor screen burn in I have from stupidly watching things in 4:3 even more prominent. It's really only visible with almost white screens, but more so now. Oh well, what am I gonna do. I can live with it.
Think I'll save up for the HDFury2 over there at Monoprice now that I have a PS3, and then think about forking over the bucks for a proper calibration again. Then again, the overscan is driving me nuts these days too...