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Cooke is a storied name in both cinematographic and ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the world’s most respected cinematographers. Cooke is also the developer of /i Technology, the protocol enabling vital lens and camera information to be captured and passed digitally to post-production teams. Cooke was honoured with a 2013 Academy Award®of Merit (an Oscar®statuette) for its continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of motion picture camera lenses. Features in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Jungle, Swiss Army Man, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Inferno, Dirty Grandpa, Carol, Steve Jobs. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Westworld, Fleabag, Doctor Who,Grace and Frankie, Game of Thrones, Midsomer Murders, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Orange is the New Black, Fargo, Breaking Bad, Person of Interest,and Downton Abbey.

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Early Years of Freddie Mercury and Queen Lensed with Vintage Cooke Speed Panchros for "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Early Years of Freddie Mercury and Queen Lensed with Vintage Cooke Speed Panchros for "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Tom Sigel, ASC, combines original glass with a special LUT to express the look of the period
Newton Thomas ‘Tom’ Sigel, ASC chose a full range of original Cooke Speed Panchros, with a slightly new housing and updated mechanics from ARRI Rental UK, to shoot the early years documented in the 20th Century Fox/Regency production of Bohemian Rhapsody.
published 7 months ago   read more
Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus Prime lenses fulfill large format ambitions for Lyrebird
Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus Prime lenses fulfill large format ambitions for Lyrebird
Remi Adefarasin, OBE BSC captures a more immersive experience for WW2 film
Good things come to those who wait, as Remi Adefarasin OBE BSC will testify, following his recent large format shoot with Cooke Optics S7/i Full Frame Plus Prime lens range on the period feature film Lyrebird. Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin is directing the film. Imperative is also producing alongside Ridley Scott.
published 1 year ago   read more
Cooke brings S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses to Cine Gear 2018
Cooke brings S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses to Cine Gear 2018
Booth will also host Anamorphic/i , 5/i, S4/i, Panchro/i Classic and miniS4/i ranges
Cooke Optics will bring its S7/i purpose-built full frame lens range to Cine Gear 2018, along with Anamorphic/i, Anamorphic/i SF (“Special Flair”), Panchro/i Classics and its other acclaimed lens families.
published 1 year ago   read more
Cooke Optics Responds to Growing Demand for Award-Winning Prime Lenses with Expansion Plans
Cooke Optics Responds to Growing Demand for Award-Winning Prime Lenses with Expansion Plans
Second factory site will be used for assembly of hand-crafted lenses
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has confirmed that it is planning to open a second factory less than two miles from its current Leicester premises in order to keep up with growing demand for its award-winning lenses, as well as to facilitate the development and manufacture of new ranges. The new facility, scheduled to open in June 2017, is expected to increase output by 25%.
published 3 years ago   read more
Uncoated Cooke S4/i lenses give a vintage look
Uncoated Cooke S4/i lenses give a vintage look
Aberrations give more options to cinematographers
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has announced that it now offers uncoated front elements for its S4/i series. The uncoated front elements offer more choices to cinematographers, with lower contrast, milkier shadows, flares, streaks and other aberrations that give a ‘vintage’ look.
published 3 years ago   read more
Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses and /i Technology bring Valkyrien to life
Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses and /i Technology bring Valkyrien to life
Lens metadata aids workflow on set and in post
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is pleased to reveal that Valkyrien, the forthcoming Norwegian drama series, was shot by Johan-Fredrik Bødtker, FNF, using Cooke Anamorphic/i and Cooke 5/i lenses. The lens metadata was collected from the ARRI ALEXA cameras and was highly beneficial to both on-set production and post-production workflows. Valkyrienwill launch on NRK in January 2017 and has been sold to broadcasters in Scandinavia. It will also premiere in the UK on Channel 4 in 2017 before all episodes are made available exclusively on C4’s on-demand foreign-language drama service, Walter Presents.
published 3 years ago   read more
Cooke Captures the Big Iron Rust Desert Landscapes of Pilbara, Western Australia for Red Dog: True Blue
Cooke Captures the Big Iron Rust Desert Landscapes of Pilbara, Western Australia for Red Dog: True Blue
Geoffrey Hall lenses the prequel to 2011’s Red Dog on Cooke Anamorphic /i lenses
Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses were used to shoot the wide desert vistas of Western Australia for Red Dog: True Blue, the iconic Australian story of friendship and adventure between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend. The film is the prequel to 2011's Red Dog, with both films directed by Kriv Stenders, written by Daniel Taplitz, and photographed by Geoffrey Hall.
published 3 years ago   read more
Netflix Premieres Travelers in 4K with a Cinematic and Natural Look
Netflix Premieres Travelers in 4K with a Cinematic and Natural Look
DP Neville Kidd captures latest Brad Wright SciFi series on Cooke 5/i & S4/i lenses
Travelers, the latest science fiction series from creator Brad Wright (co-creator of Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis andSGU Stargate Universe), is set to debut on December 23rd on Netflix in 4K UHD, which will have exclusive international rights everywhere except in Canada, where it has already begun airing on Showcase.
published 3 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Presents Anamorphic Choice at BSC Expo 2017
Cooke Optics Presents Anamorphic Choice at BSC Expo 2017
Anamorphic/i and Anamorphic/i SF lenses on show, BSC Expo 2017, Stand 604
At BSC Expo 2017, Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, will present its Anamorphic/i and Anamorphic/i SF lenses that give cinematographers more choice in the looks they can achieve. The Anamorphic/i lenses offer a classic anamorphic look, while the Anamorphic/i SF ‘Special Flair’ range features a coating that kicks up the flares, bokeh and other aberrations to provide another level of anamorphic character.
published 3 years ago   read more
Fleabag, shot with Cooke Anamorphic/i Lenses, Nominated for 2016 RTS Craft & Design Award for Photography
Fleabag, shot with Cooke Anamorphic/i Lenses, Nominated for 2016 RTS Craft & Design Award for Photography
Complex comedy shoot benefits from anamorphic framing
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, congratulates Tony Miller BSC on his nomination for a 2016 RTS Craft & Design Award for Photography – Drama & Comedy, for his work on the acclaimed BBC comedy series Fleabag.
published 3 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics miniS4/i lenses bring a new look to Midsomer Murders
Cooke Optics miniS4/i lenses bring a new look to Midsomer Murders
Uncoated lenses add a new twist to 19th season of beloved UK drama
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is pleased to reveal that the latest series of the long-running British drama series Midsomer Murders is being shot with uncoated Cooke miniS4/i lenses, supplied by VMI.
published 3 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Brings Back Speed Panchro Lenses for the Modern Age
Cooke Optics Brings Back Speed Panchro Lenses for the Modern Age
By popular demand, Cooke will deliver Panchro Classics, built to original Speed Panchro design with PL mount for modern cameras
Responding to the ongoing high demand for Cooke Optics’ vintage Speed Panchro lenses from the 1920s-1960s, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television will re-introduce new Panchro Classics using the original design but with PL mounts for modern cameras. The Cooke Panchro Classic line is scheduled to ship from NAB 2017.
published 3 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Introduces Multiple Mounts for MiniS4/i Lens Range
Cooke Optics Introduces Multiple Mounts for MiniS4/i Lens Range
Users of Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and micro 4/3 cameras now have access to the Cooke Look
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is pleased to announce that it is introducing multiple mounts for its acclaimed miniS4/i lenses, enabling more cameras and productions to benefit from the ‘Cooke Look®’. The new mounts, including Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and micro 4/3, will be available to view at IBC 2016 on Stand 12.D10 and will ship from October 2016.
published 3 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Displays New Anamorphic/i Zoom Lens at IBC 2016
Cooke Optics Displays New Anamorphic/i Zoom Lens at IBC 2016
Anamorphic/i, 5/i, S4/i and miniS4/i lens on display
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, will demonstrate the new 35-140mm zoom at IBC 2016, alongside a variety of Anamorphic/i, 5/i, S4/i and miniS4/i lenses on Stand 12.D10.
published 3 years ago   read more
Hallmark's modern day TV western "JL Ranch" taps Cooke S4/i lenses for texture and warmth
Hallmark's modern day TV western "JL Ranch" taps Cooke S4/i lenses for texture and warmth
DP Kris Kimlin successfully battles wide temperature swings and snow in Kentucky
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries modern day TV western JL Ranch, starring Jon Voight, Melanie Griffith, Teri Polo, and James Caan, wrapped winter production with Director Charles Robert Carner and Director of Photography Kris Kimlin. The Crystal Sky Pictures production follows veteran rancher and former sheriff John Landsburg (Voight), who is forced to face federal bureaucracy when an old enemy, seeking revenge over a decades-old grudge, falsifies documents and alleges Landsburg doesn’t actually own his beloved family ranch.
published 3 years ago   read more
Panavision Integrates Cooke
Leading motion picture equipment manufacturer is latest company to join stellar list of /i Technology partners
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is delighted to announce that the leading motion picture equipment manufacturer Panavision has joined the growing list of /i Technology Partners, pledging to build support for the /i Technology protocol into its portfolio in the future.
published 3 years ago   read more
Argentina’s Julián Apezteguia brings life to Pablo Trapero’s award-winning 1980's period piece El Clan with Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses
Argentina’s Julián Apezteguia brings life to Pablo Trapero’s award-winning 1980's period piece El Clan with Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses
Cooke lenses bring cinematic film feel to Alexa XT digital cinematography
When Director of Photography Julián Apezteguia, ADF (La Asociación de Autores de Fotografía Cinematográfica Argentina — Argentinian Society of Cinematographers) got the chance to work with Director Pablo Trapero for the second time, on the director's latest film El Clan — a dark story set in the 1980's about a family of kidnappers and murderers — they used a full range of Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses to give the film a “strong optical personality”.
published 3 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Offers New Set of Anamorphic/i Lenses With Extra Funkiness
Cooke Optics Offers New Set of Anamorphic/i Lenses With Extra Funkiness
New lens coating provides cinematographers with more choices | NAB 2016, Booth C8344
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is to give cinematographers yet more choice in the looks they can achieve, with a specially manufactured set of anamorphic lenses called Anamorphic/i SF. The new lens range, which is complementary to the acclaimed Anamorphic/i series, offers a coating that gives cinematographers even more options for anamorphic character.
published 4 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Appoints Rich Eilers as ZGC Director of Sales - Americas
Cooke Optics Appoints Rich Eilers as ZGC Director of Sales - AmericasCooke Optics' ZGC, the American distributor for the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television has appointed Rich Eilers to the role of Director of Sales, effective from 29 February 2016.
published 4 years ago   read more
DP Shane Hurlbut Relies on Cooke S4/i Lenses to Bring Depth to Gabriele Mucciono's "Fathers & Daughters"
DP Shane Hurlbut Relies on Cooke S4/i Lenses to Bring Depth to Gabriele Mucciono's "Fathers & Daughters"
Three-dimensional quality of S4/i lenses add “depth” to emotionally complex film
Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC used a series of 10 Cooke S4/i focal lengths to shoot Gabriele Muccino's latest feature Fathers and Daughters, starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
published 4 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Launches New Wide Angle Zoom Lens at NAB 2016
Cooke Optics Launches New Wide Angle Zoom Lens at NAB 2016
Complete 25-300mm set of Anamorphic/i lenses will be shipping by NAB
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is pleased to unveil the first of two planned zoom lenses at NAB 2016.The new wide angle zoom lens will be available to view on Booth C8344 at the LVCC from 18th-21stApril 2016.
published 4 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Appoints Carey Duffy as Director of Sales -- Europe
Cooke Optics Appoints Carey Duffy as Director of Sales -- EuropeCooke Optics, the multi-award-winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has appointed Carey Duffy to the role of Director of Sales – Europe, effective from 4 January 2016. Based in the UK, Duffy will take over the European sales territory from Director of Sales, Thomas Greiser, who takes on more responsibility for North and South America as well as covering South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
published 4 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Sets Out Roadmap of Lens Releases
Cooke Optics has set out a roadmap for delivery of its most recently announced and highly anticipated lenses, as well as an update about /i3, the latest and most ambitious version of its /i Technology metadata system.
published 4 years ago   read more
Stratton DP chooses Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses with ‘soul’
Stratton DP chooses Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses with ‘soul’Cinematographer Felix Wiedemann has chosen Anamorphic/i lenses from Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, to shoot the action thriller Stratton.
published 4 years ago   read more
JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL CONJURE UP THE COOKE LOOK
JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL CONJURE UP THE COOKE LOOK
Acclaimed BBC drama shot with Cooke S4/i lenses
The acclaimed BBC drama series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell was shot with Cooke S4/i lenses by director of photography Stephan Pehrsson. Based on the eponymous novel by Susanna Clarke, the period drama is set in a version of 19th century England where magic was once lost but is now returning.
published 4 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics to extend Anamorphic/i lens range
Cooke Optics to extend Anamorphic/i lens range
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is to add more choices to its acclaimed lens ranges. The Anamorphic/i range will benefit from 25mm and 135mm lenses which are expected to start shipping towards the end of 2014, followed by 180mm and 300mm lenses in 2015. In addition Cooke will add a 21mm lens to both the miniS4/i range and the 5/i series.
published 5 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics brings miniS4/i lenses to BVE North 2013
Cooke Optics brings miniS4/i lenses to BVE North 2013
- Cooke mini S4/i range brings ‘Cooke Look’ to TV dramas -
At BVE North 2013 Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, will demonstrate its miniS4/i lenses that are increasingly being used to bring an organic look to digital content for high end television dramas such as "Devious Maids" and "The Client List." The Leicester-based company will also show its T1.4 5/i prime lenses on Stand D28.
published 6 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Presents First Two Working Anamorphic/i Lenses at IBC 2013
Cooke Optics Presents First Two Working Anamorphic/i Lenses at IBC 2013
Also showing first working Metrology product and full range of miniS4/i, S4/i, 5/i lenses
At IBC 2013 Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, will present the first two working production models from its Anamorphic/i range that was launched to great acclaim at NAB 2013. In addition, the first production model in the new Cooke Metrology lens testing range will be on display on Stand 11.D10, together with Cooke’s full range of miniS4/i, S4/i, and 5/i lenses.
published 6 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics, Codex and The Pixel Farm present /i Squared Technology
Cooke Optics, Codex and The Pixel Farm present /i Squared Technology
- Next-generation metadata system expands capabilities of /i Technology -
At IBC 2013, Cooke Optics will announce its new /i Squared Technology system (patent pending) that expands the capabilities of the original /i Technology system developed by Cooke to record key lens data for post-production work and real-time display.
published 6 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Brings Award-Winning Lenses And Technology Innovations To IBC 2013
- Full range of lenses on show, plus Metrology products and /i Technology announcement expected -
Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, will present its full range of miniS4/i, S4/i, 5/i and Anamoprhic/i lenses on Stand 11.D10 at IBC 2013, as well as the first production model in the new Cooke Metrology lens testing range. The company is also expected to reveal more details about the next generation of /i Technology metadata system.
published 6 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics to receive BSC Bert Easey Technical Award
Cooke Optics to receive BSC Bert Easey Technical AwardWe are pleased to announce that Cooke Optics is honoured to be the recipient of the BSC Bert Easey Technical Award, awarded at the BSC Summer Luncheon on Sunday 21 July 2013 at Pinewood Studios.
published 6 years ago   read more
Codex, Cooke Optics And The Pixel Farm Announce Plans For Next-Gen Metadata System
Codex, Cooke Optics And The Pixel Farm Announce Plans For Next-Gen Metadata System
- Companies will build on /i Technology to assist VFX post teams -
Cooke Optics, the Academy Award®-winning manufacturer of precision lenses, is to team up with Codex, the manufacturer of high-end digital equipment for film and television production, and The Pixel Farm, the developer of image processing technologies, to develop and deliver the next generation of metadata capture for film and digital cameras.
published 6 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics announces plans to extend factory and workforce in response to continuing demand for PL glass
Cooke Optics announces plans to extend factory and workforce in response to continuing demand for PL glass
- Reaction to launch of Anamorphic/i lenses underscores need for further expansion -
Cooke Optics, the leading manufacturer of precision lenses, today announced that it will extend its factory and workforce in Leicester, UK to accommodate the sustained and growing demand for its world-leading, hand-crafted lenses. The news comes on the day that Cooke receives the Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at Cine Gear Expo 2013 in recognition of the significant contributions Cooke has made to advancing the art and craft of film making.
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Cooke Optics to receive Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at Cine Gear Expo 2013
- Lens manufacturer will show latest innovations including Anamorphic/i and Metrology range -
Cooke Optics will be the recipient of the Cine Gear Expo 2013 Technical Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of ’the significant contributions Cooke has made to advancing the art and craft of film making’. The award will be presented at the Cine Gear Expo VIP Reception at the Paramount Theater and Paseo Grounds on Friday 31 May 2013.
published 6 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics adds to miniS4/i range
- New 40mm and 65mm lenses launch at NAB 2013 -
Cooke Optics, the leading manufacturer of precision lenses, announced today that it will add two new lenses to its miniS4/i range. The 40mm and 65mm lenses have been developed in response to customer demand. The miniS4/i range consists of smaller, lightweight lenses that bring the professional ‘Cooke Look®’ to all content creators at an affordable cost.
published 6 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics Launches New Affordable Range of Metrology Tools
Cooke Optics Launches New Affordable Range of Metrology Tools
- Prototype lens test projector on display at NAB 2013 -
Cooke Optics, the leading manufacturer of precision lenses, today launched Cooke Metrology, a range of innovative and affordable lens testing equipment designed by Cooke and manufactured by Pure4C.
published 6 years ago   read more
Cooke Optics and Thales Angénieux Announce Collaboration on Compatible Anamorphic Lenses
Cooke Optics and Thales Angénieux Announce Collaboration on Compatible Anamorphic Lenses
NAB 2013, C11149 , C6020 (Thales Angénieux)
Two of the most esteemed names in the content creation industry, Cooke Optics and Thales Angénieux, today confirmed that their technical teams have worked together to share designs of their respective new anamorphic lenses. The results of the collaboration will bring cinematographers a full range of compatible anamorphic lenses, including Cooke's Academy Award® winning design that captures the 'Cooke Look®' and Angénieux' renowned zoom technology, also awarded by the Academy in 2009, to meet the demand for today’s film and digital capture.
published 6 years ago   read more
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