One of the little commented-upon joys of using an anamorphic lens is employing them to watch 4:3 "classic" movies.
You widen the 4:3 image to fit the 16:9 format, making everything "fatter" instead of "skinnier", then rotate the anamorph 90 degrees to restore geometry.
The result is a concentrated, brilliant picture that will bring out the best in any good quality transfer of a 4:3 movie.... and no dark gray side pillars... once you get the image height back down. And therein lies the rub...
The only problem is that, after rotation of the anamorph, there is quite a lot of re-jigging of projector offset, focus and zoom to contend with before you get the image properly centered and seated on the screen.
Enter the AE-3000...
I borrowed an AE-3000 for a couple of nights last week and, instead of using the programmable zoom and offset to enlarge an image to cinemascope size (as is intended) I used it to reduce the image, change the offset and re-focus to a smaller image suitable for anamorphic lens use with a 4:3 movie.
Once I'd got the settings right all I had to do was activate the second position and rotate my lens, and I was watching Casablanca in HD, Key Largo, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby and Battleground (some of my B&W favorites) in stunniing, bright silver-screen 4:3.
A simple press of a menu button and the AE-300 re-zoomed, re-focused and re-offsetted, and was set-up again for 16:9 and 2.35:1 presentations, perfectly. Twist the anamorphic lens back 90 degrees to its normal position and I was completely back to normal set-up.
Excellent product, by the way, but very expensive in Australia. I had to give it back. Too rich for my budget.
(I do adore that waveform monitor, though)