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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2018, 10:44:32 AM »
Screen shots with the lens in place - scaled to 4096 x 2160 with the Lumagen Radiance Pro and JVC RS4500 projector.
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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2018, 05:41:00 PM »
More screen shots with the Paladin DCR lens on my JVC RS4500 projector -

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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2018, 05:52:45 PM »
I need to re - measure with my light meter, but I think I'm getting 45 - 48 foot lamberts !
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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2018, 09:31:17 PM »
A few more screen shots with the lens -

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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2018, 03:08:02 PM »
GOTG2 looks great with this DCR lens, but I'm really looking forward to the new Star Wars 4K Blu-ray.

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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2018, 06:19:55 PM »
I re - measured lumens tonight, using the Chromapure 100IRE test pattern and my Sper Scientific 840020C Lux  Light Meter. No lens, zoomed onto my 2.35:1 screen, mid laser - 288 lux. With lens, Lumagen scaling to 4096 x 2160, mid laser - 400 lux. That's about 38% more lumens !
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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2018, 10:06:06 PM »
Pictures look "amazing" Craig. The RS4500 and Paladin make a nice combo.

Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2018, 12:53:37 PM »
Interesting reading Craig... My last attempt with an anamorphic lens, a ISCO III 1.33x, made me finally decide on overshooting being the more preferred method. The chromatic aberration, light bleed / reduced contrast, reduced sharpness and only what I was able to measure out as an 18% increase in light output made that conclusion quite clear to me. I do get, however, some installs simply needs a lens to get a sufficient throw, and 18% is indeed a nice boost too, so I completely understand that others might come to another conclusion than me... :)

However, this vertical compression lens seems to be producing quite a significant boost, 30-40% is kinda amazing and in these HDR times more important than ever. I mean, are you not seeing any of the "normal" artefacts introduced by this additional optical element mentioned above? Is the overall sharpness seemingly better?

Your observations had me a bit intrigued, might even want to order one and test it out for myself.... ;)
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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2018, 02:50:10 PM »
Interesting reading Craig... My last attempt with an anamorphic lens, a ISCO III 1.33x, made me finally decide on overshooting being the more preferred method. The chromatic aberration, light bleed / reduced contrast, reduced sharpness and only what I was able to measure out as an 18% increase in light output made that conclusion quite clear to me. I do get, however, some installs simply needs a lens to get a sufficient throw, and 18% is indeed a nice boost too, so I completely understand that others might come to another conclusion than me... :)

However, this vertical compression lens seems to be producing quite a significant boost, 30-40% is kinda amazing and in these HDR times more important than ever. I mean, are you not seeing any of the "normal" artefacts introduced by this additional optical element mentioned above? Is the overall sharpness seemingly better?

Your observations had me a bit intrigued, might even want to order one and test it out for myself.... ;)

There is no loss in sharpness that I can see. It looks just as sharp but the higher pixel density makes the small details easier to see - also the boost in brightness helps too. I also don't see any reduction in contrast. All the negatives you mentioned about A lenses are the exact reasons I haven't used one in at least 10 years. I experienced all those negatives, which in my mind offset the positives. Then some clever person sent me this lens to try. I'm lucky wine shops don't send me expensive wine to try - I'd be in big trouble ! Anyway, all I can say is this lens is unlike any that I've used.  The brightness boost with 4K HDR is so easy to see on a movie like Guardian of the Galaxy 2, there isn't any comparison. Remember though, the Paladin DCR is specifically for 4096 projectors. That's where you'll get the full 38% brightness increase. A Paladin lens with a 3840 projector will only see about 30% increase.
These particular vertical compression lenses totally flipped my opinion about A lenses 180 degrees. I'm just finishing up a mount to integrate this lens with my projector closet front panel. I'll post some photos tomorrow !
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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2018, 02:57:02 PM »
Oh ya, my independent panel of observers that were here for the " lens / no lens " test, begged me to keep the lens. They even offered to pay $ 10.00 every time they watch a movie here to help pay for it ! They could see the difference, and they aren't even home theater nuts !

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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2018, 03:01:35 PM »
With 47 foot lamberts, I could probably either close the iris a bit, or run a custom gamma curve that's not as bright but better for mid tones. I haven't even explored the HDR tone mapping in the Lumagen yet - that's next.

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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2018, 03:20:05 PM »
As far as sharpness, the first thing I looked at was titles / graphics in " Passengers ", which is super sharp overall ( 4K Blu-ray ). All the graphics / titles / writing looked just as sharp as with no lens. Same with GOTG2.
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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2018, 10:05:52 AM »
The Paladin DCR lens mounted on my modified projector closet front closure panel, and with lens removed -

 
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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2018, 09:29:30 AM »
A few Star Wars - The Last Jedi screen shots using the RS4500 / Panamorph Paladin DCR lens combo -

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Re: Panamorph Paladin DCR Lens
« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2018, 09:15:18 PM »
More " The Last Jedi " screen shots -
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