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Anamorphic ready for its close up

Cooke Optics’ new 65mm Macro Anamorphic/i 2x prime lens is making its debut at IBC, alongside developments in Cooke’s Anamorphic/i Zoom lens and a major update to its /i Squared Technology metadata system.

The 65mm Macro anamorphic lens, which recently went into production, boasts a close-up magnification ratio of 4:1:1. It has a close focus of 13.75cm from the front of the lens, which is almost unheard of in an anamorphic lens. According to Cooke, the key feature of the lens “is that its focus does not fall apart as it gets to macro focuses, making it ideal for close-ups and product shots.”

Cooke has been working on enhancements to its /i Squared Technology to provide more detailed lens data to VFX and post production teams. The latest addition to the /i Squared firmware provides distortion mapping – not just a theoretical measurement of all lenses of a particular focal length, but of the specific lens in use. This new function will provide VFX teams with much more accurate data to help them in the post process.

The new function will be available in lenses shipping from Q4, and older lenses with /i sensors can be upgraded with the new firmware for a modest cost, which is yet to be confirmed.