Cooke MINIS4/i lenses are the popular choice in Uruguay


- ‘Terra Ribelle 2’ is one of many recent miniS4/i shoots -

Last Updated: December 13, 2012 8:02 am GMT
(Leicester, UK--December 13, 2012) Cooke miniS4 lenses (formerly known as Panchro by Cooke) have gained rapid popularity in Uruguay, with many international feature film, television and commercial productions turning to the small, lightweight lenses to bring warmth and personality to digital images.

Photo ® Rafael Sahade.

Musitelli Film & Digital, a leading rental house based in Montevideo, was among the first in the world to receive a set of miniS4/i lenses, and now boasts three sets.

“The miniS4s have proved to be very popular in our market, and have quickly become the workhorses of our rental department, working with everything from RED and ALEXA to Canon and DSLR cameras,” says Ernesto Musitelli, Owner and Managing Director, Musitelli Film & Digital. “These digital cameras are very sensitive and usually require filtration, so the T2.8 speed of the minis4/i is not an issue. They match well with Cooke S4/i lenses so we are comfortable to supply mixed sets, and the camera crews like the minis4/i because they are small and lightweight.”

The rental house recently supplied two units comprising RED cameras and Cooke miniS4/i’s for a six month shoot for ‘TERRE RIBELLE – IL NUOVO MONDO’, a television drama series for the Italian broadcaster RAI.

Marcelo Camorino A.D.F., Director of Photography, said, “The combination of Cooke MiniS4/i lenses and digital capture with RED MX and EPIC has yielded excellent results as regards texture, contrast and resolution. During the 24 week shooting of ‘TERRA RIBELLE – IL NUOVO MONDO’, the combination was put to intensive use in many different lighting conditions and I am fully satisfied with the final result.“

One of Musitelli’s most popular sets of minis4/i’s has uncoated front elements, which give a particular look to digital material. “We found that our DPs really liked how the uncoated lenses behaved more like old lenses, especially with digital cameras – the images are not so ‘pristine’, and the DPs like the softer, more flattering effect especially for beauty work,” comments Musitelli.

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 To Rome With Love, Filth, After Earth, Hugo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Midnight in Paris, My Week With Marilyn, Red Dog, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Angels and Demons. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Game of Thrones,World Without End, The Borgias, Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Trollied, Trauma, Community, Back, Journeyman, State of Mind, Life, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, and Entourage.


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