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best travel projector for artist

Postby ronke » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:41 pm

I stumbled upon this forum after spending literally days poring over various websites and tearing my hair out. I am not sure what I am looking for actually exists, but I thought I would throw out my needs and hope someone can at least suggest what I have to give up to get what I can.

The situation is: travelling to various cities to paint mostly interior murals on walls as high as 15' and often 15' wide. Because I usually have only five days to paint these murals, I do all the sketches (often involving photo-collages) in Photoshop in my Powerbook, then project, trace to get the perspective and deployment right, and paint like crazy.

Often I have to work while the workplaces are occupied, which means general ambient light and not enormous depth. Obviously I would like as much detail as possible while preserving the ability to project a large image (though if 15' is impossible, I could piece together). I have been travelling up to now with portable transparency projectors but would love to switch to digital though clearly a cutting-edge lightweight is not as important for me as for others. However, because I don't always work in the best neighborhoods, it would be great if the projector could be used from a flash drive or a CD or would in some way not require hauling my Powerbook to the site.

So far the Infocus in1503 has come closest to meeting my needs though their literature's description for using a flash drive is pretty cryptic and they just do not answer their Customer Service line (bad sign). And some of the Epson Powerlites seem to be getting there though perhaps out of my <$1000 price range.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks!
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Re: best travel projector for artist

Postby sharron » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:03 am

In your case, I recommend you a mini pocket projector which you can take it anywhere as you are an artist on travel. As you also want it to projector your works, then a high resolution projector with larger projection image may be what you need. Fortunately, I have such projector like I said now. If you are interested, please contact with me.

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Re: best travel projector for artist

Postby mash » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:51 am

Hi. I'm an artist also and have been looking for a similar projector. My problem is I want to be able to handle small scale projections also. You may want to look at the laser pico projectors, showwmx +, and AAXA L1 v2.
The advantage they have is the image stays in focus even on curved surfaces or two separate walls.
The downside is they are only from 15 to 20 lumens. So in bright environment you may have problems.
I've read of some problems with the showwmx and keystoneing the image at large scale. I'm not sure if either models let's you correct it or if you will have to fix the Image in Photoshop via perspective warp before projecting it.
Also take a close look at how long they last on battery power, most are only 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
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Re: best travel projector for artist

Postby mash » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:16 pm

I also just remembered that the aaxa l1 is a 4:3 aspect ratio. The showwmx is a 16:9 aspect.
What I don't know is what happens when you project an off size image, say a protrait image.
Does the projected image stay at the same aspect ratio?

Sounds like your doing murals ala banksys so it may not be a issue for you. :)
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Re: best travel projector for artist

Postby chambawamba » Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:47 am

What you need a real projector, not a pocket projector. There is reason behind my suggestion. First, you describe your scenario as bassically needing a projector to project the picture onto a wall so you can sketch the trace onto the wall. Second, you mentioned that there will be significant ambient light.

Now, most pocket or mini projectors can't project large images. Don't listen to those that tell you they can because they can't. And if you don't believe me go test one out yourself. ESPECIALLY if you are in an ambient light condition. Mini/pocket projectors don't exceed 300 lumens at MOST, that means they are inadequate; even if they had 1500 lumens, it would not be enough, as you will need something bright so you can see the lines you are tracing clearly, with a focus on blacks. Now DLP should be your choice. I can recommend you the MX760 from BenQ, it's under your budget and has 3700 lumens which is more than enough in a full lit room, it also carries 5300:1 contrast ratio which should be more than sufficient. The only downside as it sounds like you will be traveling is that these projectors are not as small and light as portable or mini projectors. However it is not extremely heavy, it weighs about 7.3 lbs. It may sound like a lot, but if you're going to take in performance capabilities of the MX760 and a low power pocket/mini projector you will not think twice on getting the MX760 or a projector at it's level. Trust me, for your purpose and for your sake, stay away from those little projectors. They will be a disappointment. Pocket/mini projectors have their own strengths, and lean towards the playful, bedroom projector category. Not the well lit, needing for work purpose on a large display throw category. Go with a real projector. And if you find yourself doubting my recommendation, please feel free to ask a professional or get a recommendation from projector specialists, they will recommend you something similar or the MX760 and not a small portable projector.
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