As part of gearing up to teach classes I needed a good video projector. There are so many on the market and the prices have tumbled over the years while the quality has gotten much better. I had settled on a couple of 720p resolution choices, but then figured that I’d look into the 1080p units so I could also use the projector at home on the weekends to watch movies. I spent a lot of time looking at reviews. If you’re reading this, then I’d bet you know just how obsessive the hunt for the perfect piece of equipment can become. Sometimes, that kind of crazy quest for the best just leaves me exhausted and wishing I had just bought the first choice. This time it all paid off.
I ended up buying the Epson 6500UB. For a while it was a toss up with the Panasonic PT-AE3000. The Epson won because of its brighter image, which I’ll need at the studio for presentations. The image that comes from this projector is really jaw droppingly beautiful. I have it set up temporarily at home projecting onto a full sheet of foam core. So, with a BluRay movie, we are watching images that are 8ft wide, and I have been stunned by the clarity, sharpness, saturation and black levels of this projector. The first couple movies I watched were Pixar animations, and it was a real treat to have part of the Pixar experience in our own home. Then I watched a recent film release and for a moment was shocked by all the film grain. It’s pretty cool to be viewing at a resolution that actually lets you see when they changed to a high ISO film stock for a dark interior or effect.
My new Vaio laptop has an HDMI port, and it works perfectly with this projector. The one thing that frustrates me when using HDMI is that the projector has a very slow handshaking process, so it takes up to 10 seconds for an image to show up. This is a real problem when feeding it from the HDMI connector on my Nikon D300. The image is beautiful, but every time you switch back from shooting mode to playback, nothing happens for a while until the image pops up. The solution to this will probably be an HDMI switcher that constantly outputs a signal so the data isn’t interrupted and the projector display stays live. We’ll see how that works out. . .
Photo by Epson