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Many people have tried the inexpensive anamorphic lenses, but being designed for small digital cameras they are too small for the exit image coming from the D-ILA which is about 3" wide and 2" tall (depending on image format). Plus many of the cheaper lenses have visibly lower picture quality.
I have the ISCO I lens and it looks very good, but cost $1300 a few months ago. If you are interested, I'd be willing to sell it for $750.
The ISCO II ($1450) has a bit clearer picture, and a 1.33 (rather that 1.44 horizontal stretch of the ISCO I), and less pincushioning (slight bowing of the picture at the corners), being a larger lens.
My G15 is 19 feet away from my 13' wide screen, so you can get a good sized image with a relatively short throw distance. The ISCO lens is slightly softer that the straight D-ILA picture, but more detailed (with full panel resolution)and notably brighter, looking more like a high-end CRT FPTV (and film). From further than 8' away there is no visible pixel gap with the 16:9 lens.