Hello David and everyone else who is reading this. I would like to know how easy or difficult it was to shoot with anamorphic lenses. Our film will take place in N. Orleans and Alaska at times in tight spaces on a tug boat.
Well, if you want more quality, go for anamorphic. If you want more ease, go with spherical. It's really a matter of how much of an effort you want to make getting a better widescreen image. Also, the extra detail in anamorphic shows off the best in daytime shots, particularly wide ones, and less in low-light night shots. And best in wide shots and less so in tight shots.
I can't tell you if you're going to have problems in a tiny room on a tugbut -- afterall, you have to get the 35mm camera in there.
Practically speaking anamorphic has less depth of field because you generally use twice as long a focal length. So T/2.5 can feel like T/1.4 to the focus puller. It helps to make an effort to get the stop up in anamorphic.
I think if it is practical at all to try it, it's worth doing an anamorphic shoot and getting that extra quality.