Need info regarding a Runco x200i Projector and lenses

Discussion in 'Multimedia, Projection, and Show Control' started by iCanHazProjector, Sep 13, 2019 at 3:47 PM.

  1. iCanHazProjector

    iCanHazProjector Member

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    My performance space was recently gifted a beast of a projector in the Runco X200i. After using semi-decent projectors for years, I'm excited to be able to have such an upgrade. But before I can do that, I need to make an upgrade in regards to the lens and image size. The one we've been using for a few years is an Epson Prolite 430. Its not great, but the throw is huge and is plenty for most of our performances. But after powering up the Runco, I've never seen a better image in our space then the one I saw with this. Its just too small. I A/B'd the Runco with a 5k lumen projector, and the Runco smoked it!! Its just a remarkable image!

    I've contacted Planar (who owns Runco) and they had no real info, and no web search has really given me anything concrete. I got a bit of help from a projection artist friend of mine, and we both figured this was our best shot at getting information.

    Our space has 2 configurations, WIDE which is 28' wall-to-wall and DEEP, which is about 45'. The image was quite small in WIDE (haven't measured the image yet), but was almost there in DEEP (18' wide image). Our projection screen is 21.3'x12'. Ideally, we'd like to be able to fill that screen in wide, but depending on our options, we're willing to reconfigure the seats whenever we use it.

    I believe the primary lens is 1.85 - 2.40. I'm not sure the size we'd need. I'm also not sure where to find a lens even if we did. Is there a way to magnify the image using something similar to an anamorphic lens? I'd love to start there instead of getting a new lens due to the difficulty in swapping them.

    I very much appreciate any and all help!!
     
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    sk8rsdad Well-Known Member Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    Projector Central is my go-to for finding out about projectors, lens options, and matching a lens to a throw distance and screen geometry.

    https://www.projectorcentral.com/Runco-XtremeProjection_X-200i.htm
    The spec sheet shows there were 3 lenses made for this projector. Yours is the standard lens. A short throw lens might work better in your space.

    The throw distance calculator doesn't offer this specific model but there may be something close.
    https://www.projectorcentral.com/Runco-3Dimension_D-113d-projection-calculator-pro.htm
     
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    Thanks for replying. From all of the searching I've done, I can't seem to find those lenses or the model #. Just "Short-throw primary lens, 1.56:1-1.86:1"

    I'm guessing an ebay search notification followed by praying and crossing fingers might be the only way to find it :)
     
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