Hands-On With the New Cooke S7/i Primes at NAB 2017

Here at NAB 2017 Cooke Optics has its brand new Cooke S7 line of Full Frame Plus prime lenses on display. We caught up with Les Zellan to get to know these true cinematic lenses a little better.

Cooke S7/i Cinema Primes

We originally covered the release of the new Cooke S7/i cinema primes just about a week ago in this article, but now that we are strolling through this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas, we thought we would catch up with Cooke at their booth to have a closer look at these new cinema lenses.

The big news lies within the term Full Frame Plus. The Cooke S7/i line of lenses render a massive image circle of 46.31mm, which is actually more than enough to cover the sensor of the RED Weapon 8K camera, a camera installed at the Cooke booth for demonstration.

Cooke S7

The Cooke S7/i 32mm T2 lens at the Cooke booth.

The range of the new S7/i lenses includes 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135mm focal lengths for now, but as Les Zellon puts it, there will be more over time – just as the line of S4 primes has grown from the original 6 lenses to a massive 18 lenses.

Since these are serious cinema primes, all Cooke S7/i lenses sport a T-stop range of T2-T22.

The /i in S7/i indicates the ability to capture digital metadata about each and every recorded frame in order to pave the way for a smooth post-production process, and FX workflows especially. Speaking of workflow, you will like the consistent 110mm front diameter, too. The weight of these lenses ranges between 3,0kg (6.6 lbs) and 3,7kg (8.16 lbs).

Pricing and Availability

According to Les Zellon, Chairman of Cooke Optics, these new Cooke S7/i prime lenses should be shipping within the next two months. Each lens will set you back just a little more than $20,000. That’s a steal, isn’t it?

Read all about these new lenses over at cookeoptics.com.

Are you after that “Cooke Look”? What do you think about this new release? Let us know in the comments below!

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He is right! Resolution is not everything!

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These Cooke lenses are going to be extremely popular.

That’s because they have a film-like softness. They don’t look like overly sharp video.

But we need more full-frame cine cameras to take advantage of these beautiful lenses. There aren’t that many cameras capable of 4K or 8K full-frame motion pictures​. Red can do it.

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