Cooke Optics to Show Prototype 65mm Panchro Lens at IBC
Company Will Also Bring S4/i, 5/i and Panchro/i Ranges to the Show Floor
Cooke Optics will head to IBC in September with its Panchro/i, 5/i (seen above) and S4/i range of Prime lenses. The latter was used recently by cinematographer Peter Suschitzky to shoot M. Night Shyamalan’s forthcoming After Earth, the first feature-length film shot on the Sony F65. It has been widely reported that the famously film-centric Shyamalan is a fan of the images coming out of the 4K digital camera, which Suschitzky has fitted with Cooke's legacy line. The 5/i line features an on-demand, dimmable illuminated focus ring, giving focus pullers more leeway in dark or lampless setups and DPs more control over the light coming into the lens.
The company also reports that it is meeting an increased demand worldwide for PL glass by upping production capacity through new hires at its Leicester factory. Said Cooke Optics chairman and owner Les Zellan in a prepared statement, filmmakers "are switching from cameras with 2/3-inch sensors to those with PL mounts that give a full-frame 35mm picture, such as the Sony F3, F35 and F65, the ARRI Alexa, as well as RED and Canon cameras, and therefore they need lenses to go with them." Zellan added that these same filmmakers increasingly gravitate to the warm, organic and much more visually pleasing "Cooke Look" the lenses can bring to more sterile digital images without sacrificing resolution.
The company will also show off a prototype 65mm lens for its Panchro range, giving this lighterweight version of the S4/i line an exciting new option.
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