Uncoated Cooke S4/i lenses give a vintage look


Aberrations give more options to cinematographers

Last Updated: January 30, 2017 10:20 pm GMT
(Leicester, UK--January 30, 2017) Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has announced that it now offers uncoated front elements for its S4/i series. The uncoated front elements offer more choices to cinematographers, with lower contrast, milkier shadows, flares, streaks and other aberrations that give a ‘vintage’ look.

The Cooke S4/i series currently features 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 35, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100, 135, 150, 180 and 300 mm. Uncoated S4/i front elements can be ordered individually for any or all focal lengths.

“This is a practical and affordable way of giving cinematographers two choices for each S4/i lens, depending on their storytelling choices,” said Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics.

Existing owners and rental houses can have the front elements swapped by trained rental house lens technicians. Light loss is approximately 10%, so depending on the lens, the maximum T-stop is around T2.2 with the uncoated front. The lenses may need to be re-shimmed or the focus scales shifted to correct for a slight difference. Since the front element is unprotected, it may discolour or stain over time.

Cooke miniS4/i elements are also available uncoated, and are proving a popular choice.

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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 Jungle, Swiss Army Man, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Inferno, Dirty Grandpa, Carol, Steve Jobs. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Valkyrien, Westworld, Fleabag, Poldark, Doctor Who,Grace and Frankie, Game of Thrones, Midsomer Murders, and Orange is the New Black. www.cookeoptics.com Twitter: @Cooke_Optics Vimeo: Cooke Optics


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