Cooke Optics To Showcase New Lenses For U.S. Market

At the 2019 NAB Show Cooke Optics will spotlight several new lenses from its S7/i, Panchro/i Classic and Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus ranges. The company said it would also demonstrate the latest version of its /i Technology metadata system that provides detailed lens data to VFX and post-production teams.

The new Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range has been designed to meet the growing demand for large format production, while offering the popular anamorphic characteristics including flare and oval bokeh. The 40mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm focal lengths are in production, scheduled to start shipping in limited quantities from April 2019, and will be available for demonstration on Stand C6333. The additional lenses in the full range – 32mm, 135mm and 180mm as well as a surprise or two - should be shipping by the end of the year. This range is also available with Cooke’s SF ‘Special Flair’ coating, which enables an exaggerated flare that gives yet more choice to cinematographers.

The complete set of Panchro/i Classic lenses is also scheduled to start shipping by NAB (in April), including the recently announced 65mm Macro lens—a 2-1 Macro—that also covers full frame, and the 21mm, 27mm, 135mm and 152mm designed to cover the S/35 image area.

In addition, the 18mm, 27mm and 180mm lenses from the S7/i full frame spherical range will be featured on the Cooke stand and will be going into production over the coming months.

The Cooke booth at NAB will also feature /i3 ("/i Cubed"), the latest version of its metadata system that provides detailed lens data to VFX and post-production teams. The new firmware now provides distortion mapping, not just a theoretical measurement of spherical lenses of a particular focal length, but of the specific lens in use. Sony is said to be integrating /i3 technology into its new Venice large format digital cinematography camera.

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