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With any 2.35:1 setup, you want either an anamorphic lens on a sled ($$$) or you want a projector which has lens memory and a motorized lens so that it can easily switch between 2.35 and 1.78 modes. The poor-mans CIH setup is fine, but has sacrifices in brightness and quality which should be recognized by anyone who wants to go down that road.
I would go for the Panasonic AE8000 or the JVC DLA-RS46 both of which can be had for under $3,000 and should do what you are after. The Epson 5020, to my knowledge, does not deliver on the motorized zoom front and would not be in my list of choices.
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