Cooke Adds 50mm Lens to Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Line-up

Cooke Optics have added a 50mm focal length lens to its Anamorphic/i family at IBC 2018. This addition has been designed to meet the growing appetite for large format production, while applying the popular anamorphic characteristics including flare and oval bokeh.

The Cooke Anamorphic/i family, featuring a T2.3 stop, will offer 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm and 180mm lenses. The 50mm will be the first in production, with the rest following over the next 12 months.

The image circle will cover a full 24x36 still size sensor, with a 1.8 squeeze. Like all the company’s lenses, the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range will include /i Technology that collects detailed lens data for VFX and post-production teams. The latest version of the /i Technologymetadata system, /i3, now provides distortion mapping of the specific lens in use. New deliveries of S4/i, 5/i, and S7/i lenses from October 2018 will include /i3functions.

Les Zellan, Chairman, Cooke Optics, said, “After a great deal of research and discussion, we believe the 1.8 squeeze of the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range gives the best results for full frame anamorphic. At 2x you would lose too many pixels, and at 1.6x (the correct ratio to use every pixel) you will not get enough of the anamorphic character. Our solution at 1.8x gives the image a greater anamorphic feel at the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 whilst capturing 90% of the pixels, therefore keeping this format well within industry resolution standards. However, because these are Full Frame Plus lenses designed to cover the full still frame of 24x36, you can elect to use 100% of the pixels which will result in an aspect ratio of 2.70:1.”

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