Cooke Optics announces new chairman and CEO

As Cooke Optics chairman, Les Zellan, steps down from the company, and CEO, Robert Howard, retires, Tim Pugh takes over as CEO, while Kees van Oostrum ASC NSC SBC AIC, currently a Cooke Optics board member, becomes non-executive chairman. Cooke, which is among the oldest lens brands to have continuously served the motion picture industry … Read more

Dick Pope BSC / Motherless Brooklyn

Whodunnit? Dick Pope BSC / Motherless Brooklyn Whodunnit? Dick Pope BSC / Motherless Brooklyn WANT TO READ IT ALL? Below is only a teaser, and the full interview can be found in the November 2019 issue (96) of British Cinematographer magazine. If you purchase a year’s digital subscription from just £30, or a year’s all-inclusive … Read more

Cooke Optics launches Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range at IBC 2018

Cooke Optics will add further depth and character to its acclaimed Cooke Anamorphic/i lens family at IBC 2018, when it presents the 50mm focal length of the new Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range. This addition to the Anamorphic/i range has been designed to meet the growing appetite for large format production, while applying the popular … Read more

Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus Lens First Choice to Showcase Sony VENICE CineAlta Camera

With only a four-day advance notice, and under strict non-disclosure, cinematographer Gianluca Bertone of Bertone Visuals in El Segundo, CA had to plan out the nighttime aerial production that would eventually show off Sony’s new VENICE CineAlta camera system — as well as the new Crystal LED Display System — at Sony’s NAB press event … Read more

April 2018:
Connecting with tech at NAB

Connecting with tech at NAB Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Connecting with tech at NAB Across The Pond / Mark London Williams As NAB 2018 wraps up, the show, with its multiple layers, programming tracks, and exhibit halls, seems like the “elephant” in the tale of the blind men and the pachyderm: Feeling … Read more

Uncoated Cooke S4/i lenses give a vintage look

Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has announced that it now offers uncoated front elements for its S4/i series. The uncoated front elements offer more choices to cinematographers, with lower contrast, milkier shadows, flares, streaks and other aberrations that give a ‘vintage’ look. The Cooke S4/i series currently … Read more

Cooke adds Panavision to /i Technology partner list

Panavision has joined the list of Cooke Optics’ /i Technology Partners, pledging to build support for the /i Technology protocol into its portfolio in the future. Cooke’s /i Technology is an open metadata protocol that enables film and digital cameras to automatically record key lens data for every frame shot and provide it to post-production … Read more

Les Zellan

Life Through A Lens Innovator / Les Zellan Life Through A Lens Innovator / Les Zellan BY: Adrian Pennington In an era of increasing digitalisation it’s reassuring that organic, analogue materials still reside at the heart of filmmaking. Indeed, glass that was hand-milled a century ago is coveted and commands a premium for use on … Read more

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