The Epson Home Cinema 5050UB features the same 15 all glass element, 2.1:1 motorized zoom lens found on the Home Cinema 5040UB (with some minor improvements to lens and lightpath) and Pro Cinema 6040UB models. We discussed lens memory on the Special Features page, but we’ll touch on it again here. Most home theaters run with a 16:9 screen, but some of us (as much as 10%, possibly) have chosen to go the Cinemascope route.
If the HC5050UB didn’t offer lens memory, the zoom and lens shift would need to be adjusted every time one switches from HDTV to widescreen content, or back. Doable, no problem, but Lens memory once set up, is a one button thing, rather than a minute or so adjusting zoom and lens shift (more than once) to get everything right, when changing to match the aspect ratio of the content.
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Lens memory is a major enhancement to the experience for some of us. The HC5050UB can save up to 10 different Lens Memory settings, with the first two saved settings being accessible from their own buttons (Lens1 and Lens2) on the remote control! That way, I can switch from HDTV to a widescreen movie within seconds, with literally the touch of a single button.
If you have a widescreen – I do! – you’ll simply love Lens Memory – I do!
Mind you, I also am a big sports fan. But, when is all considered I want my largest image when viewing great movies. I'll settle for a mere 100" diagonal for my 16:9 HDTV sports, vs my 124" widescreen for movies. At my previous house (almost 9 years ago) I had a 128" 16:9 screen, but always thought my movies were too small!