Cooke Optics’ New Front Anamorphic Zoom & Updated Panchro Lenses

In addition to their new S7/i lenses, Cooke has also released a couple more lenses that should be incredibly exciting to shooters everywhere. The telephoto 45-450mm Anamorphic/i zoom is a first of its kind and the modern redesign of the incredibly popular Panchro lenses were both subjects of our interview with Cooke owner Les Zellan.

Cooke 45-450mm Anamorphic/i zoom

Key Features

  • True, front anamorphic with 2x squeeze.
  • Oval bokeh, just like our Cooke Anamorphic/i Prime lenses, and oval bokeh throughout zoom and focus along with the other coveted characteristics you want when shooting anamorphic.
  • Colour and depth of field characteristics matched to the Anamorphic/i primes.
  • Award-winning cam-style focus mechanism for smooth focus adjustments.
  • Especially well balanced for astigmatism and corrected for lateral and longitudinal aberrations over the entire image area.
  • Linear iris
  • The Cooke Look,® of course.


Your new go-to lenses for the new era of anamorphic filmmaking

Shoot from very wide angle to telephoto with the Cooke 35-140mm Anamorphic/i zoom with 4x zoom ratio. Or, go extreme telephoto with the Cooke 45-450mm Anamorphic/i zoom with 10x zoom ratio (shipping 2017).

These are true, front anamorphic zooms with the creative flexibility that cinematographers have waited years to have. Cooke’s new, patented optical design brings together a unique combination of attributes.

The Cooke 45-450mm Anamorphic/i zoom lenses will be available in late Fall 2017.

Cooke Panchro/i Classic

The growing demand for vintage Cooke Speed Panchro lenses from the 1920s to 1960s prompted us to introduce a modern redesign of the vintage classic.  We are pleased to introduce Cooke Panchro/i Classic, T2.2 to T3.2 Prime lenses.

Our new Pancho, that is true to the original look of the now legendary Speed Panchro, recreates the same look and feel of the original with the advantage of modern glass mounted for today’s cameras. And, the new lenses come equipped with /i Technology for frame by frame digital information capture, as do all modern Cooke cine lenses for film and digital capture.

The original Cooke Speed Panchro, designed by Horace W. Lee in the 1920s, was a cine prime lens that chromatically enhanced an image when filming under restricted illumination. 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.

Available beginning Spring 2017 in focal lengths:  18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100, 152mm, at $9,000 per lens.

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