I don't really post anymore but I figured I'd share my research.
For anyone that doesn't know about anamorphic lenses, the basic principle is you get a wider image. Anamorphic lenses are generally 2x squeeze - a 50mm lens turns into top and bottom looking like a 50mm, but left and right is a 25mm. Enough about that. I've included a crappy sample image but google is your friend.
There are tons of anamorphic scopes for sale, for pretty cheap. You are able to mount these scopes to a lens on your camera. Fast forward from the mount - you have your "taking" lens on the camera, lets say a 50mm, you have a clamp on the end which is connected to the anamorphic scope. Great! The 2 downsides: you need to pull focus on both lenses. If your subject is 10ft away, now both the taking lenses and anamorphic lens need to be set at 10ft. The other thing is most cameras can't desqueeze in camera. That means you'll need an external monitor that can desqueeze the image.
For the double focus, there are a few different options. There is a company called "Rectilux" that makes a single focus adaptor. With these adaptors, you set both the taking lens and anamorphic scope to infinity and pull focus with the single focus adaptor. Its a pretty great solution for real anamorphic on a budget! Here is the break down of the cost -
Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 - $50
Canon FD to EF Converter - $30
Sankor 16D Anamorphic Scope - $300
Rapido Anamorphic Clamp - $60
Rectilux Hardcore DNA Single Focus - $1000
Total - $1440
There are cheaper anamorphic scopes. I choose FD glass because its a softer look and they flare nicely with the scope. There are cheaper single focus adaptors. SLR Magic makes one for $300.
Any questions, let me know!
If anyone is in LA, hit me up and they can test it