Originally Posted by Aztar35
Hello. I'm looking at the VW600 and was wondering if you or others here could tell me whether it has a reputation for contrast degradation like some of the other, past Sony models were reported to have. Also, if you know, is the lens on the VW600 as good or better than that in the newer 285/385 models. Thanks so much in advance.
The 500/600 models were supposed to have susceptibility to panel degradation (as were some earlier models), but it depends on a variety of factors and usage patterns etc.
The only way to check is to have a thorough test out of the unit you are intending to buy and use your favourite material to test it out if possible. The image should be excellent contrast and sharpness wise. If it is at all grey or dull in a darkened room, then it may be past its best.
(Check the bulb usage too). Just go in with realistic expectations.
As for the lenses, I think the general consensus is that the lenses on the early models are the same spec as the latest models, the big difference being that the newer ones have been through a more thorough quality control process and as such, you are much more likely to get one with minimal to no issues.
Make no mistake, the lenses used on the Sony 4K units are extremely good. So good in fact, that the only things people compare them to are much more expensive lenses (which will obviously be superior), but which also cost far more!
Hope that helps.