(Las Vegas NAB Show, Nevada--April 7, 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.
“We have been thinking for some time about the testing instruments we use and how we could improve them,” said Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics. “As lenses have become faster and more complex, testing equipment has struggled to keep pace and is often, in our opinion, overpriced. We decided to develop our own tools that would not only live up to our exacting standards but also be affordable, and we are pleased that we can share the resulting products with the industry.”
The first product in the line will be a lens test projector designed for today's fast lenses. Many current projectors cannot pass a beam correctly through lenses that are faster than T2. Cooke Metrology’s projector is so bright that it can be demonstrated in daylight, making it much easier to discern flaws and artifacts in fast lenses.
The projector is scheduled for release in the next few months, and a pre-production prototype will be available to view on Stand C11149 at NAB 2013. More lens test equipment will be added to the Cooke Metrology line over the next year.
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. 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 Zero Dark Thirty, A Good Day To Die Hard, 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 Parade’s End, Chicago Fire, 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.