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New Cooke S7/i and Panchro/i Classic Lenses

NAB 2018: Four focal lengths for large-sensor coverage, plus three more and a macro for Super 35

David Alexander Willis

NAB 2018: Four focal lengths for large-sensor coverage, plus three more and a macro for Super 35.

Exhibiting at the NAB Show (April 7-12) in booth C8635, Cooke Optics will debut plenty of new glass this year, with promised models including 16mm, 21mm, 27mm and 65mm lenses. Cooke says that each lens in the S7/i Full Frame Plus line of primes has been designed from the “ground up” to cover the latest class of large sensors.

Cooke Optics S7/i Full Frame Plus 32mm T2.0 lens

Introduced in June of 2017, there were eight previous Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus focal lengths: 18mm, 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm and 135mm. Each has matching T2.0 – T22 aperture. Offering specialized corrections for astigmatism and lateral and longitudinal aberrations over the entire image area, the S7/i line has also been color matched with the Cooke Anamorphic/i, S4/i, miniS4/i, 5/i and Pancro/i Classic lenses.

Housing cam-type focus mechanism for smooth focal adjustments, the construction of the S7/i family is modular for ease of maintenance and future service. Covering up to 46.31mm diameter, the image circle gives edge-to-edge projection for recently introduced large-sensor cameras including the Arri Alexa LF, Red Weapon 8K and Sony Venice. Cooke is also positioning it as a solution for formats such as Super 35 and VistaVision.

Previously focal lengths available for the Cooke Optics S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses

Cooke promises to have all three of the above cameras on hand with mounted S7/i lenses for testing during NAB, where they will also have new models in the Panchro/i Classic range for Super 35. Adding 21mm, 27mm, 65mm Macro and 135mm, the Panchro/i Classic 135mm, the first lens to be available, will be demonstrated at the show.

Promising delivery of the other focal lengths by the end of the year, the Panchro/i Classic prime lenses have a vintage look but a modern housing. With digital readout of lens information like T stop, focus, distortion mapping, and depth of field, Cooke’s “/i” technology is a metadata protocol that provides digital information about the specific lens used during capture.

In the spring of 2017, Cooke opened a second factory in Leicester that would focus on Cooke Panchro/i Classic production. Adding “/i” digital technology to vintage Cooke Speed Panchro lenses, the Cooke Panchro/i Classic line was introduced.

Cooke Optics S7/i Full Frame Plus 50mm T2.0 lens

The flagship S4/i prime lens range, in both Anamorphic/i and Anamorphic/i SF (“Special Flair”), as well as the miniS4/i range, will also be available to view at NAB. 

Several recent projects employing Cooke Optics’ solutions include Westworld, Game of Thrones, Venom and Call Me By Your Name.

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American Cinematographer will be in Las Vegas on April 8-11 at the NAB Show in Booth C11530. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for live updates.

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