Cooke Optics Augments S8/i FF Lens Range with Four New Focal Lengths

18mm, 27mm, 35mm and 65mm Lenses Add Greater Flexibility to Cooke Flagship Primes Range for Cinematographers

Leicester, UK – 14 March 2023 – Cooke Optics has announced the launch of four new focal length lenses – 27mm, 35mm, 65mm and the highly anticipated 18mm – joining the cutting-edge S8/i Full Frame (FF) series range.

Cooke introduced the first seven focal lengths of the state-of-the-art S8/i series last March. With an all-spherical design and T1.4 throughout, these lenses were developed following feedback from cinematographers wanting to achieve more realistic and cinematic images for digital motion capture.

Evolving the famous Cooke Look™, S8/i FF lenses deliver beautiful images that have an organic feel and a smooth, spherical bokeh effect with minimal colour fringing. S8/i lenses enable cinematographers to capture images with a high level of dimensionality.

The human eyes perception of resolution is linked to contrast, therefore improved contrast results in the viewer seeing a sharper image on the screen. Cooke’s design team, led by Academy Award® winning lens designer Iain Neill in a role of Chief Optics Advisor, completed a wide-ranging analysis to guarantee maximum contrast performance for digital camera sensors. The S8/i’s all-spherical design is constructed to deliver a near telecentric projection of light rays which is more efficient for creating organic images that present as both sharp yet natural with dimensional roll off.

Alongside these strategic targeted attributes, S8/i lenses are among the fastest produced for larger than full frame capture, due to their maximum aperture of T1.4 across the core focal range. This fast T stop extends the series control over depth of field and lens flare, whilst still delivering amazing low-light performance. Compact, light and agile, S8/i lenses combine design durability in an ergonomic package. The range comes with Cooke’s latest intelligent /i technology, which includes /i data focus and iris position, /i motion inertial data and /i maps, Cooke factory calibrated shading and distortion data.

“We are excited to launch additional S8/i lenses into what’s already a market-leading range for full frame production. Further focal lengths offer cinematographers even more choice and flexibility to achieve their creative visions. These lenses were intelligently built from the ground up for use in motion pictures; and their all-spherical make up provides not only a beautiful aesthetic but makes them the perfect companion for digital cameras,”

said Tim Pugh, CEO of Cooke Optics.

The S8/i FF series is now available to order in the following focal lengths: 18mm, 25mm, 27mm, 32mm, 35 mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65 mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 135mm. Remaining focal lengths to complete the sixteen lens line-up will be added to the series over the course of this year.

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 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, Matilda The Musical, Poker Face, Purple Hearts, Nine Bullets, Chaperone, The Last Thing Mary Saw, We Are Lady Parts, Mayday, Birds of Paradise, The Forgiven, Sixth Reel, No Loss // No Gain, The Marksman, Fugitive Dreams, Supernova, I Still Breathe, Legacy of Lies, I Know This Much is True, Pinocchio, Onward, Toy Story 4, Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn, Motherless Brooklyn, Sweetheart, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Venom, Call Me By Your Name, Stan and Ollie, Darkest Hour, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include, God’s Crooked Lines, Am I Being Unreasonable?, End of the Road, Original Fare, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,  King of Boys: The Return of the King, The Gilded Age, In From the  Cold, Guilt: Series 2, Star Trek; Discovery, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Kevin Can F**K Himself, Meet Your Master, Below Zero, Fate: The Winx Saga, Behind Her Eyes, Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar, A Suitable Boy, The Mess You Leave Behind, Flight Attendant, The Chosen, The Great, HALIFAX: Retribution, The Luminaries, Lost in Space, Star Girl, Dead to Me, Save Me Too, Insecure, Dark Crystal, Star Trek: Picard, Peaky Blinders, Osmosis, Top Boy, David Makes Man, Catch-22, The Perfection, Ozark, Gentleman Jack, Free Rein, Skam France, Doctor Who, Fleabag, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, The Crossing, The Crown, Westworld, Poldark, Game of Thrones, Midsomer Murders, Orange is the New Black and Fargo.


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