Cooke expands workforce to meet increased demand for PL glass


Full range of precision lenses on show at NAB 2012

Last Updated: March 27, 2012 5:30 pm GMT
(Leicester, UK--March 27, 2012) Cooke Optics, the premier manufacturer of precision lenses, has significantly expanded its workforce of skilled assembly technicians since 2011 in response to the increasing demand for PL glass. Each Cooke lens is hand crafted using a combination of state-of-the-art technology, traditional 100 year old techniques and personal dexterity that come together to create the unique and famed ‘Cooke Look®’.

“As digital cameras with PL mounts, such as the Alexa, RED and Sony F65, have grown in popularity, so we have seen demand increase exponentially for our lenses,” said Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics. “In order to keep pace with demand we have expanded our workforce and created several apprenticeships which, in times of recession, is a remarkable and gratifying thing to be able to do. Our technicians are among the best in the world, producing every single lens individually to maintain the high standards that DoPs expect from Cooke.”

Recent high profile projects that have been shot with Cooke lenses include the Academy Award®-winning Hugo (winner of the Best Cinematography award, and the first film to use all three sets of Cooke lenses: 5/i, S4/i and Panchro/i), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (5/i), My Week With Marilyn (5/i), Midnight in Paris (5/i, Panchro) and both series of the TV drama Downton Abbey (S4).

Cooke will present its full range of high quality lenses at NAB 2012. Whether using 5/i, S4/i or Panchro By Cooke lenses, customers return time and again for the organic look, optical quality and reliability that each set provides.

About Cooke Optics, LTD.
Cooke is a storied name in both cinematographic and the 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 behind /i Technology, the protocol enabling vital lens and camera information to be captured and passed digitally to post-production teams. Features in production or recently shot with Cookelenses include Hugo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Midnight in Paris, My Week With Marilyn, Red Dog, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Angels and Demons, Hamlet 2, Frost/Nixon, Milk, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Trollied, Trauma, Community, Back, Journeyman, State of Mind, Life, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, and Entourage.


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