Most anamorphic lenses do not require any sort of rotation of the projector, but I can imagine that there are a couple of cheaper ones that have prisms which require rotation.Hey all,
I'd like to start by thanking the many of you that posted in my last thread as I looked into projector options and have helped me frame the foundation of our theater build. Dreamer in particular has been very helpful for the display issues.
I've decided on the Sony for the projector. Budget won't stretch much higher if I'm to include an anamorphic lens configuration as well.
I've looked at Panamorph, and I know there are a few other brands for sale in the classifieds section to consider, but I'm a bit confused about some of the options. It looks like the panamorph is a fixed lens that requires the image to be squeezed back to a 16:9 ratio for HDTV and internal vertical stretching to eliminate the top and bottom black bars for cinemascope options. This also seems to require the projector to be rotated 45 degrees for the lens to function. Is that accurate? Are there setting presets that I can store to allow the squeeze and vertical stretch to switch back and forth without playing with the settings every time?
Can anyone comment on the benefit of a motorized or non-permanent lens solution? Is it worth the premium in price?
Most just require the lens to be placed in front of the projector lens and it performs a stretch of the image.
So, while you can PURCHASE a slider (sled) which moves the lens back and forth, you can also build one yourself if you are somewhat mechanically inclined. You just need to slide the A-lens in front of the Sony lens and you have a stretched out 2.35 anamorphic image. Slide it out of the way and you are back to 1.78.
I would certainly consider that a requirement if I were doing it. Put in a sled, and just slide the lens back and forth as needed.