Cooke is to widen its Anamorphic/i lens range, and plans new focal lengths for its miniS4/i and 5/i ranges.
It should start shipping the 25mm and 135mm Anamorphic/i lenses towards the end of 2014, with 180mm and 300mm lenses to follow in 2015. This will take its Anamorphic/i range to nine lenses (including the 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm - all T2.3).
Cooke will also add a 21mm lens to both the miniS4/i range (which are all T2.8) and the 5/i series (which are T1.4).
“Cinematographers like choices, and by next year they will have a few more creative options whether they are using Anamorphics, 5/i’s or miniS4/i’s,” said Les Zellan, chairman and owner, Cooke Optics. “We have expanded our workforce by over 10% in the last six months and extended our factory to accommodate rising demand, and we are working hard to have these new choices available in the coming months.”
It is also adding sensors for the forthcoming /i Squared Technology metadata system to all new Anamorphic/i, 5/i and S4/i lenses. The inertial system, developed by Cooke with support from The Pixel Farm and Codex, builds on the current /i Technology protocol by supplying position and orientation data, in addition to lens data, to aid post production work, particularly visual effects.