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I do continuing ed presentations in hotel meeting rooms varying in size from 30 ft to sometimes 130 ft long. Average is probably 60-80 ft. Lighting has to be up so students can see their materials. Screen sizes will be unpredictable, since they'll be provided by the hotels. I'd like to get away from overheads and into Powerpoint. I also need to carry this around with me in a car (shouldn't need to fly). Cost over $5,000 would probably make me wait for prices to drop more. Any recommendations on what might work? My primary concern is an image that won't wash out with distance.
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Most of the portable projectors will be limited to their fixed lenses, the ones that come with interchangeable lenses will be expensive and not as portable, and the lenses will cost you extra $$$, especially if you will need a couple of them.
I'm afraid there will not be a perfect solution for you.

BTW - are you flexible on projector placement?
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I assume by your reply that my problem will be the variability of distances between lens and screen that I might encounter. I now use a Dukane Starfire OH projector, which has a short throw. I can usually vary the distance to some extent, depending on whether I'm having to cram people in. I probably can work with anything from 12 feet or so up to perhaps 25--maybe more if I have a wireless connection to the projector or can use a memory card instead of a laptop. I could maybe put it on an AV cart in the aisle.

As far lack of portability, I already carry a lot of bulky stuff, so that's not a serious problem. (I assume a projector like I want would be in the 15 pound range or so.) The main thing is that it travel well (e.g. not too fragile) and be easy to set up.

Concerning cost: you get what you pay for. I could probably live with buying an additional lens if I got a good projector. I figure that one size won't fit all. But I also don't want to have to buy one of each size, so to speak.
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Check out the PLUS U7-132hSF. 3500lm, DLP, 2000:1 contrast, Short Focus lens. It only weighs 6.8lbs and costs under $3500.

If you want wireless or CF card, then check out the U7-137.

www.buyplusdirect.com

PLUS makes higher quality stuff, so they're built to last even if you pack them around.


-CP