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Updated Cooke Anamorphic/i Group & Chart

Correction to page 95 of FDDTimes April-June 2017 Issue 81-82: There are now 12 (not 11) Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses— 10 primes and 2 zooms. Thank you Iain Neil (optical designer) for pointing this out.      

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Cooke Front Anamorphic 45-450 T4.5

Cooke reveals details of their 2nd Anamorphic/i Zoom for NAB 2017. It will be a 10:1 front 2x anamorphic 45-450mm T4.5 Zoom Lens. This comes exactly a year after their 4:1 35-140 anamorphic zoom was shown last year at NAB 2016. The 45-450 has the same front diameter as the Cooke 35-140 and 300 mm, same 300 degree focus and 90… read more…

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S4/i Uncoated Cooke Look

Cooke now offers uncoated front elements for their S4/i series. This is a lot more practical and affordable than a one-way ticket of blasting the coatings off your existing lenses. In fact, for not much more than the cost of a filter, two choices of Cooke looks—with regular and uncoated fronts—are now available for each lens in the set. read more…

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New Cooke Panchro Classics

In response to continued enthusiasm from cinematographers and demand by rental houses for Cooke Optics’ vintage Speed Panchro lenses from the 1920s-1960s, Cooke introduces a new series of Panchro Classics based on the original design, with PL mounts and modern mechanics. The Panchro Classic line is scheduled to ship around April 2017. read more…

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Cooke 35-140 Anamorphic/i Zoom

The new Cooke 35-140 mm Anamorphic /i Zoom (2x squeeze) anamorphic will be unveiled at NAB 2016. It is a front anamorphic design, with familiar oval bokehs and familiar Cooke Look to match the rest of the Cooke Anamorphic/i family.  Cooke Anamorphic /i 180 and 300 mm primes will also be shown at NAB 2016. read more…

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Cooke Anamorphics with “Flair” at CamTec

CamTec is one of those rental houses with a love of tweaking and experimenting on cameras and lenses—like many of their DP customers with similar symptoms of Retrofit Syndrome. CamTec’s  workshop benches, adjacent to their busy rental checkout area, are scattered with a vast array of lens elements, mechanical parts and test equipment. Jay and Kavon Elhami and their crew… read more…

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Captain Cooke and 135mm Anamorphic

Ahoy there. EMIT in Paris has taken delivery of the new Cooke 135mm Anamorphic /i prime. The long-awaited Cooke 135 Anamorphic Prime was at IBC. Like the rest of the “S6” set, it’s a front anamorphic (oval bokehs). The current Cooke 2x Anamorphic set consists of: 25, 32, 40, 50, 65 Macro, 75, 100 and 135 mm. Cooke 135 mm Anamorphic /i… read more…

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Cooke 65 mm Macro Anamorphic /i 2x Prime

Here’s the lens that many cinematographers have been waiting for from Cooke. Cooke introduces their new 65 mm Macro Anamorphic /i 2x Prime lens at Cine Gear. It has a close-up magnification ratio of 4.1:1. read more…

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Delivering Anamorphics

TSF (headquarters in Paris) and Movietech (at Pinewood Studios London) have received their first sets of Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses: 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 mm T2.3. EMIT delivered the first set in France to TSF’s Danys Bruyere. TSF has been busy buying anamorphic lenses lately. They  just received one of the first Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 mm T4 Anamorphic Zooms. More lenses to… read more…

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Cooke Anamorphic Lens Designers

I visited Cooke Optics in Leicester, England the other day for a tour of the factory and to find out more about the Cooke Anamorphic lenses coming up at NAB. The result is an in-depth study in the April issue of FDTimes on how these anamorphic lenses are made — with a look at the teams who design, manufacture and… read more…

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Look: Cooke Anamorphic 40 mm

Prototype Cooke Anamorphic 40 mm at T2.8. Photo by Jon Fauer of Cooke Optics Chairman Les Zellan taken at Micro Salon on Sony A7R with MTF PL to E-mount adapter. The beard is sharp, the skin tones are smooth, and there is remarkably no internal barrel flare from the desperately overexposed window. The shadow area retains detail. The pitch black area… read more…

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Cooke Anamorphic Tests

At Micro Salon in Paris last week, Cooke Optics presented test films shot by John de Borman, BSC and Patrick Blossier, AFC. The Paris test is online on Vimeo. The framegrabs above show some differences between a Cooke 75 mm anamorphic at T2.8 and a Cooke S4/i 40 mm at a T2.0 – 2.8 split. The Cooke anamorphic has “classic” oval… read more…

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Alexa’s New SUP 8.1 gets /i

ARRI Alexa XT/XR Software Update (SUP) 8.1 enables Cooke /i lens metadata support, 90 fps Arriraw 4:3 recording onto XR Capture Drives, and other features outlined in the release notes and user manual (go to Downloads at arri.com ). Up to now, Alexa cameras recognized LDS metadata from ARRI/ZEISS equipped lenses (Ultra Primes, Master Primes, Master Anamorphics, etc). ARRI’s /i Technology… read more…

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“The Human Voice” Rome Slideshow

[new_royalslider id=”6″] At Studios International, Rome. Edoardo Ponti, Director. Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, Cinematographer. Canon C500. Canon zooms. Cooke S4/i Primes. Codex Onboard S Plus Recorder. 2K 12-bit.

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Cooke NAB Anamorphic Evening

The annual Cooke NAB Dinner once again unfolded at Del Frisco’s in Las Vegas for Jurassic-sized steaks (in the words of Danys Bruyere), marvelous Malbecs, celebratory champagnes, pronouncements on production, and lectures on lenses. The key to admission seemed to be a sizable inventory of Cooke lenses in the home city of the many international guests. It was a global… read more…

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This is what has been cooking at Angénieux and Cooke

Anamorphic Lenses At the AFC Micro Salon in Paris a few weeks ago, Angénieux CEO and President Pierre Andurand and Cooke Chairman Les Zellan were seen tête à tête. FDTimes has learned that Angénieux and Cooke technical teams worked together to share the design of their respective anamorphic lenses and check their compatibility. Pierre Andurand said, “Les and I are… read more…

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Something’s Cooking at Angénieux and Cooke

Something’s cooking at Angénieux and Cooke. Some “things” will be announced later this week and seen at NAB in Angénieux Booth C6020 and Cooke Optics Booths C11149 and C11150.  

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Cooke Optics Academy Award of Merit

An Academy Award of Merit (Oscar Statuette) will be presented to Cooke Optics Limited at the annual Scientific and Technical (Sci-Tech) Awards Presentation at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, February 9, 2013. The Academy announced the award today, “To Cooke Optics Limited for their continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of advanced camera lenses that have helped define… read more…

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A Cooke Look at NAB 2012

The annual, unofficial Cooke owner’s club gathering at NAB was once again moderated by the inimitable Geoffrey Chappell. The discussion, fueled by friendship, fine food, and flowing beverage, offered a snapshot of the state of our industry. Here is the full transcript.  read more…


Cooke Panchros Uncoated

Cooke Panchro /i lenses are now available with uncoated front elements. They can be obtained on special order, and can be swapped with the standard coated elements by a qualified lens technician. Uncoated front elements may help create a different, “historic” look — more flare, softer edges, etc. A set of 6 Panchro lenses includes: 18, 25, 32, 50, 75,… read more…

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