Panamorph makes UK debut with ultra wide home theatre projection lenses

posted on Friday, 17th June 2016 by Steve May

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American lens specialist Panamorph is the latest addition to Habitech’s home cinema product portfolio. The company makes its UK debut with two 2.4:1 ratio lenses, the 8K suitable Paladin (pictured below) and Phoenix.

But why would you want a third party lens on your home cinema projector? The film format typically seen in commercial theatres is wider than the 16:9 (1.78:1) aspect ratio of UK standards. Consequently, many movies are letterboxed by two black bars. This negates some 25 per cent of the display device resolution. “ Effectively consumers are getting 3K performance from a 16:9 4K UHD display and only 810 lines of resolution from a 1080p/HD display,” says the distributor.

Habitech says that “every leading projector model can be converted to the full cinema UltraWide aspect ratio”, and will be demonstrating the lenses on a JVC X9000 projector at EI Live South. Panamorph’s Shawn Kelly will be at the showto explain the technology and field questions from integrators.  The manufacturer suggests the lenses deliver 20 per cent higher brightness and 33 per cent higher 2.4:1 resolution compared to letterbox zooming, when used with a Panamorph display mode, it says. Of course, Blu-ray movies use a 16:9 frame to show menu options, but Panamorph says there’s a viewing mode to fix that. 

Paladin

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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