The International Broadcasting Convention, or IBC, the biggest gear and media conference in Europe is happening this week in Amsterdam.  It’s like Europe’s NAB, which means that manufacturers of cameras, lenses, lighting, etc are prepping to make some big announcements.  We wanted to share what we’re hearing to keep you in the know.

New Line of Cooke Lenses: Large Format Anamorphic Lenses

So far the biggest thing we’ve been heard about is a forthcoming announcement from Cooke Lenses. They’ll be announcing a new line of lenses featuring a T2.3 stop, and will offer 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm and 180mm lenses.  We hear that the 50mm will be the first in production, with the rest following over the next 12 months. Anyone making high end TV shows, features films or commercials will be excited about these new cooke lenses.

SVG Europe, reports that “The image circle will cover a full 24×36 still size sensor, with a 1.8 squeeze. Like all Cooke lenses, the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range will include /i Technology that collects detailed lens data for VFX and post-production teams. Additional specifications will be confirmed on Stand 12.D10 at IBC 2018.”

Les Zellan, Chairman, Cooke Optics, said, “As soon as we saw the enthusiastic reception for the S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses, we knew the next logical step was to give full frame an anamorphic option. After a great deal of research and discussion, we believe the 1.8 squeeze of the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range gives the best results for full frame anamorphic. At 2x you would lose too many pixels, and at 1.6x (the correct ratio to use every pixel) you will not get enough of the anamorphic character. Our solution at 1.8x gives the image a greater anamorphic feel at the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 whilst capturing 90% of the pixels, therefore keeping this format well within industry resolution standards. However, because these are Full Frame Plus lenses designed to cover the full still frame of 24×36, you can elect to use 100% of the pixels which will result in an aspect ratio of 2.70:1.”

While you’re waiting for the new line of Cooke lenses to emerge later this year, you can rent existing Cooke lenses on KitSplit.

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We’ll update this post as we learn more.

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