Originally Posted by rrseth
Elmalloc, congrats on your build! This is probably the most fun thread I have read during my time here, really enjoyed it. I am trying to build something similar. Do you mind sharing details on how you accomplished scope with this projector? Did you use an anamorphic lens? If so, what kind? How did you do vertical stretch of the image?
Hi! Thanks, I hoped someone else would find it fun/funny.
First off, the zoning lady came to look at my deck plans and she told me I have to tear down that arbor or she'll take me to court. She said that before saying hello. She definitely had an agenda against me, I'm not sure why (well, I can guess, I'm not white and I live in a predominantly white area for starters).
She said what are those metal pipes, do you hang something on this? I said it's an arbor. So she said do you hang anything form it? I said once a year, in the last 2 years. She said "no, have to take it down". Super power trip, not sure how those people sleep well at night. That wasn't a good day (same day you posted, actually).
A variance is $600 and no guarantee I'll be allowed to keep it, neighbors said they're OK with it (of course). I could also cut it down to 6ft tall and just attach the EMT pipes as necessary at night. I told her how would you know if I temporarily put the EMT up, are you going to come check on me at night? (The conversation wasn't going well lol).
She also yelled at some Chinese people in my backyard area. She said "I'm with the zoning department. Can I help you? Do you have a reason to be here? You shouldn't be here." To which the Chinese people said "No speak English" and walked away. That was embarassing, it's a public pond! Believe me if I could tell the fishing drunk hicks back there to "you shouldn't be here", I would have, lol.
Anyway, back to your question.
I'm using the Epson PRO G7500-U. I picked up a refurb for a great price from Epson (it was only $3300!). Get their PRO series stuff, they're meant for "large venue". The picture is amazing (if you can see in earlier photos), it's actually remarkable in the definition of the term. It helps a ton that it's pitch black at night, of course.
So I had qualms about using a lens or not, and having to zoom. THe projector is 30ft away from 21ftx9ft screen, and I'm zooming in to fill the screen. Any light loss is not missed (in my minimal testing of various content), it's plenty bright. I think we calculated something like 25-30+ ftrL earlier in this thread, after zooming? IIRC the projector has 6500 lumens color AND 6500 lumens white. It's a cannon, it's relatively quiet too. It's pretty much perfect, the faux-K algorithm really helps on these larger screen sizes, the picture quality is stellar. I haven't tried running HDR through it, though, but otherwise very acceptable for the price. Image is very sharp. Maybe I got lucky, I don't seem to have much luck in my life so I'll take it lol.
I will update this thread as the deck build goes, on soon. Not going with a sunroom, couldn't get anyone to undertake making a 14ft+ wide custom anti reflective glass.