An interesting set of responses, thanks folks!
LOL Turnover "Makes a change from DPs giving each other the "hairy eyeball" across the bar !"
I'm interested in anamorphic for landscape type shots to maximise the resolution of small objects at infinity on the chip, therefore image, so as to not miss a trick or rather capture as much detail as possible.
Yes, I can do this with a more traditional aspect ratio but, and here's the subjective part, I love the anamorphic look I think cinema has gone backward in dropping the use of technicolour and anamorphic. For instance I totally agree with Stephen Williams point about "shooting 2 perf today does not look as good as it did 30 years ago."
My approximate thinking around shooting 2.35:1 with RED @4k was that by simply telling whatever edit software I was using that the pixel aspect ratio was 2.35:1 (rather than square or 16:9) that this would not effect data rates . Though it might well throw up other workflow issues!
What do people think of Evin Grant's suggestion of an anamorphic adapter on the front?
As a note of further discussion I've also seen old Russian (Soviet era) anamorphic lenses on the market for a few hundred dollars...