Cooke Optics To Unveil First Panchro/i Classic Lenses at NAB 2017
Cooke Optics will unveil the first lenses from its Panchro/i Classic range at NAB 2017. The new range is a modern redesign achieving the same look and feel as the original Speed Panchros, with newly designed housing and PL mounts. Cooke also will present its second front Anamorphic/i zoom lens for the first time, delivering on schedule following its announcement at NAB 2016.
In addition, the company will unveil a brand new, as-yet-unannounced product at the show. Regular visitors should note that the Cooke Optics booth has moved from its regular spot; the new booth C5414 is near the Grand Lobby/North Hall exit, opposite JVCKENWOOD and adjacent to For-A.
The original 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 20th century. The new Panchro/i Classic lenses are lightweight, making them ideal for handheld, drone, and Steadicam® work. While retaining the classic look of the original Speed Panchro, these lenses—like all contemporary Cooke lenses—have modern ergonomics for ease of use as well as /i technology for frame-by-frame film and digital data capture.
“We have seen unprecedented interest in the Panchro/i Classic range since we announced it at IBC last year,” said Les Zellan, chairman and owner, Cooke Optics. “People love the vintage look of Speed Panchros, and they can now get it without having to scour the Internet or remount old lenses for new cameras. We’re excited to show people what these beautiful lenses can do for their stories.”
The new front Anamorphic/i zoom lens that will make its debut at the show has preliminary specifications featuring 9x zoom front anamorphic, 45-405mm T4.5-22, 5’10” MOD from image plane and 3’11” close focus from the front of the lens. True to Cooke style, the color and contrast will match the rest of the series.
In addition, visitors to the Cooke booth will see the Anamorphic/i SF lens range. Complementary to the acclaimed Anamorphic/i series, the SF lenses feature a coating that gives cinematographers even more options for anamorphic character with enhanced flares and other aberrations, and still retaining the oval bokeh.
Cooke also will present the 35-140mm Anamorphic/i zoom at booth C5414, as well as lenses from its leading Anamorphic/i, 5/i, S4/i and miniS4/i ranges, and the Sony E and micro 4/3 mounts for miniS4/i and Panchro/i Classic lenses that enable users of these cameras to benefit from the ‘Cooke Look®’ for the first time.