Originally Posted by maf113
I am having a JVC NX7/RS2000 installed with an SI 2.40:1 screen. The installer wants to add a Panamorph Anamorphic lens at an extra $5,500. Is the lens really worth the extra cost.
Whether the extra cost will be worth it to you is really a question that nobody here can answer for you. It depends on many factors, including your budget, how important to you are certain improvements in picture quality, the dimensions of your screen, room conditions, the "wife acceptance factor" (if applicable), etc.
I think the best thing to do is to try to get some comments from people who have the lens regarding what degree of improvement they see in PQ from such a lens, and what other advantages and disadvantages they believe come with such a lens.
FWIW, I have an RS2000 that I use with a 2.35:1 screen that is 122 inches wide and I just use the zoom method for widescreen movies. I think the picture is awesome and very detailed, even with 1080p material, and I could not justify spending another $5,500 for an anamorphic lens. OTOH, I'm semi-retired, so I really look at the costs associated with marginal improvements in things like this. For some with different financial situations or different preferences, it might be a no brainer to add an anamorphic lens.
I'm not sure this helps a lot, but I thought maybe this would trigger some responses by people who have added such a lens to their NX7/RS2000.