The Paladin is not glass btw, it's a plastic lens , but a very well engineered plastic element that some avoid acknowledging as such. Even those selling didn't know it was plastic and reviewers calling it "Great Glass" all a deception becasue they are the same individuals that criticised the plastic main element of the Sony models . Reviewers calling the DCR as "great glass" when in fact it's a arcrylic hybrid " plastic' composite lens is very convenient way to, "have your cake and eat it too" unfortunately that is not being honest.
I've owned every last lens Panamorph has made, the additional light more than anything required for a larger screen, improved resolution , improved 3D and HDR performance. The current DCR is indeed as good as all previous glass element lens , actually improved for 8K resolution . During the last year or more , I've used the ISCO IIIL side by side with the DCR, there is no measureable difference in quality , friends in the UK did the same comparison at a shootout and were surprised the DCR performed as good as the ISCO on 4K patterns . The only real difference is the design and application as one suited best for curved ( ISCO) the Paladin best suited for flat screens. Plastic has the advantage of being 1/3 the weight, the DCR design allows the shortest throw which allows the maximum available light output . Panamorph customer support is wonderful, Sean has gone well beyond the norms for customer support, has even supported and fixed issues with second hand product long beyond warrany. They are a local company that are real and available to call for customer support, it doesn't get any better . I know some have remarked the cost is high , but then again this is common for all high end AV product . I determined the cost was well worth the investment for all the reasons mentioned , but back when I did not have the funds for new I managed to get second hand product for great pricing, Panamorph still gave me great support , I cannot say enough about how great their support has been.
I will use the Paladin DCR with my VW5000 I expect the same improvements everyone else does, improved brightness and resolution with no losses. Plastic will perform as good as anything when manufactured properly , that's obvious as many "plastic" critics use the Paladin with their flagship projectors too.