Cooke Optics Brings Back Speed Panchro Lenses for the Modern Age

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By popular demand, Cooke will deliver Panchro Classics, built to original Speed Panchro design with PL mount for modern cameras

Last Updated: September 6, 2016 12:18 am GMT
(Leicester, UK--September 6, 2016) 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.



The original Cooke Speed Panchro, designed by Horace W Lee in the 1920s, was a cine prime lens that chromatically enhanced an image when filming under restricted illumination. Developed several years before ‘talkies’ came into being, the advent of sound films created a great demand for faster lenses because arc lamps could no longer be used, making much existing equipment obsolete. Cooke Speed Panchros combined a relative aperture as wide as f2.0 with an angular field of view and definition previously impossible with much smaller apertures. They quickly gained a worldwide reputation for quality cinema production and were widely used throughout the 20thcentury.

Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said, “People still love the look they get from the old Speed Panchros, but they are hard to find – and if you can find them, you have to remount them for today’s cameras. In response to this, we have taken the original design and created a new housing to fit a PL mount. The new Panchro Classic lenses will have the same look and feel that people love about the originals.”

Renderings of the new Cooke Panchro Classic range will be available to see at IBC on Stand 12.D10, along with a variety of Anamorphic/i, 5/i, S4/i and miniS4/i lenses.

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About Cooke Optics, LTD.
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 The Inferno, Dirty Grandpa, Carol, Steve Jobs, Creed, The Intern,Trainwreck, Ex Machina, Everest,Mr. Turner and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Doctor Who,Grace and Frankie, Game of Thrones, Midsomer Murders, Wolfblood, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Orange is the New Black, Fargo, Breaking Bad, Person of Interest,and Downton Abbey.

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