An interview from the 2018 International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam with Les Zellan of Cooke Optics. Cooke manufactures a wide range of lenses suitable for multiple film applications. All lenses are colour matched so you can interchange with confidence. The lenses are easily maintained, accurate, and reliable. By far the majority of Cooke lenses ever manufactured are still in everyday use. In this interview Les talks with us about their new focal lengths for the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus and Panchro/i Classic Ranges.
The Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus prime lenses represent the next logical step in the evolution of filmmaking: large format production with anamorphic characteristics, including flare and oval bokeh.
Coverage circle covers a full 24 x 36 still size sensor with 1.8 squeeze. At 2x squeeze you would lose too many pixels. At 1.6x you won't get enough anamorphic character. At 1.8x you have that sweet spot with a great anamorphic feel and about 90% of the pixels at 2.4:1. Shoot at 2.7:1 and you have all the available frame and 100% of the pixels.
Superb optical and mechanical performance, control of flare, distortion, veiling glare and spherical aberrations at full aperture. The cam-type focus mechanism allows for smooth focus adjustments. Modular construction increases ease of maintenance and serviceability.
And, the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses come equipped with /i Technology for frame by frame digital information capture, as do all modern Cooke cine lenses for film and digital capture.
Available in focal lengths: 32, 40, 50, 75, 100, 135 and 180mm, over the next 12 months.
The growing demand for vintage Cooke Speed Panchro lenses from the 1920s to 1960s prompted Cooke to introduce a modern redesign of the vintage classic.
The new Panchro, that is true to the original look of the now legendary Speed Panchro, recreates the same look and feel of the original with the advantage of modern glass mounted for today’s cameras. And, the new lenses come equipped with /i Technology for frame by frame digital information capture, as do all modern Cooke cine lenses for film and digital capture.
The original Cooke Speed Panchro, designed by Horace W. Lee in the 1920s, was a cine prime lens that chromatically enhanced an image when filming under restricted illumination. Cooke Speed Panchros combined a relative aperture as wide as f2.0 with an angular field of view and definition previously impossible with much smaller apertures. They quickly gained a worldwide reputation for quality cinema production and were widely used throughout the 20th century.
Available in focal lengths: 18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 40, 50, 65 MACRO, 75, 100, 135,152mm.
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