Cooke Lecture in NYC

Les Zellan, Chairman of Cooke Optics Limited, comes to New York with his lecture on lens manufacturing for the motion picture industry.

Topics include:

  • History of Cooke
  • An inside look at lens manufacturing at the company’s factory in Leicester, England
  • The “Cooke Look,” how it began, what it is, and how it looks in film and digital
  • Metadata and Cooke’s /i Technology and /i Squared Technology system

Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Sony CineAlta Forum
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
550 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10022



In 1998, Les Zellan, then U.S. distributor of Cooke lenses for seventeen years, purchased the Cooke lens division from Rank, Taylor & Hobson, created Cooke Optics Limited, and moved the entire division to a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Leicester, England.

Les is an associate member of the ASC and lectures at colleges on the art of lens manufacture. He has a Master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Sony CineAlta Forum:


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