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 -

Last Updated: July 25, 2013 9:11 am GMT
(Leicester, UK--July 25, 2013) 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.

Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said, “It’s been an incredible year so far for Cooke – we’ve received an Oscar® and so many other awards, we’ve launched our Anamorphic/i range to fantastic acclaim, we’ve introduced the Metrology line to raise industry standards, and we’re expanding our factory and workforce to accommodate the high demand for our handmade lenses. But the year isn’t over and we have no intention of resting on our laurels – as visitors to IBC will see.”

Cooke’s miniS4/i range now includes 40mm and 65mm focal lengths and is gaining impressive traction in the high-end drama and documentary sector. The size and weight of the lenses are useful for handheld work, they are economical, and at T2.8 they are fast enough for today’s digital cameras while providing the professional ‘Cooke Look®’ that cinematographers treasure. High-profile projects that have recently been shot with miniS4/i lenses include ‘Devious Maids’ (shot by William Wages ASC) and ‘The Client List’.

James Chressanthis ASC, cinematographer, ‘The Client List’, said, “The Cooke miniS4/i lenses share the same beautiful ‘Cooke Look’ of the larger S4s, I admire their balanced colour and smooth contrast. They're sharp and give a real clarity, yet they are never brutal. They bring a consistent warmth to the colour which is natural and close to what the human eye sees. They're great with today's fast digital cameras and since they are extremely lightweight and compact, they're ideal for handheld work and tight spots.”

IBC 2013 will see the first production model from the Cooke Metrology line that was introduced at NAB 2013. The new lens test projector is designed for today's fast lenses and is so bright that it can be demonstrated in daylight, making it much easier to discern flaws and artifacts in fast lenses. Many current projectors cannot pass a beam correctly through lenses that are faster than T2.

In addition Cooke Optics is teaming up with Codex Digital and The Pixel Farm to develop and deliver the next generation of metadata capture for film and digital cameras. The system will build on the capabilities of /i Technology, the system originally developed by Cooke to record key lens and camera data to aid post-production teams.

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 and My Week With Marilyn. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Devious Maids, The Client List, Parade’s End, Chicago Fire, Game of Thrones, World Without End, The Borgias, Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs.


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