by Olaf von Voss | 27th April 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. 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 Zallon 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 Zallon, 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!Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 19th April 2017
The “Cooke Look” for full-frame sensors (and beyond) is here. The British manufacturer has just unveiled their newest addition to an already stunning arsenal of true cinema lenses: the Cooke S7/i line of Full Frame Plus primes. Cooke S7/i Cinema Primes Say you have a shiny RED Weapon 8K. “Epic piece of gear but what about the Cooke Look?”, your teammates ask. That would have been a bummer… until now. Cooke Optics has just released their first full-frame plus line of prime lenses: the Cooke S7/i. You may be asking yourself, “What the heck is that Cooke Look everybody raves about, anyway?!” I’ll leave Ed Lachman, ASC on Erin Brockovich, to answer that: What is the Cooke Look? Cookes have a shapeness, a presence to the image, a roundness, a feeling of giving depth and shape to the image. It’s sharp edge-to-edge but the image has more presence – a depth and shape that’s pleasing to the eye. This new S7/i line of prime lenses is no exception, so you can mix and match different Cook lenses but still get that look and color-matched performance. Nice consistency, indeed. Have a Cooke Look at the video below: Specifications These Cooke primes are able to render an image circle of 46.31mm, so even the RED Weapon 8K sensor mentioned above won’t be a problem for them. The whole S7/i family consists of 8 different focal lengths: 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135mm. Each lens has a T-Stop of T2.0 wide open all the way down to T22. The /i in S7/i indicates the ability to capture digital metadata about each and every frame recorded 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). Examine the full specs sheet below: Conclusion Downsides? Yes, sure. Everything comes at a price, and these premium cinema primes are certainly no exception to the rule. Although no price tag has been announced, they certainly won’t be cheap. There is no such thing as a cheap Cooke lens out there, which I personally think means that Cooke isn’t targeting individual owners/operators, but rental houses instead. If you happen to be at this year’s NAB in Las Vegas, you can get a chance to get your hands on one of these fine lenses there. You’ll find Cooke Optics at booth C5414. Source: Cooke Optics. Have you ever had the chance of shooting with Cooke lenses? Let us now in the comments below!Read more
by Graham Sheldon | 7th September 2016
Today’s announcement of the new Sigma High Speed Cinema lenses, complete with both prime and zooms, comes on the eve of the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) week in Amsterdam. Sigma’s Art series has long been a favorite of DSLR filmmakers, and these new cinema lenses are aimed squarely at the high-end commercial and film industries. This is the company’s first foray into the cinema lens world, and is an ambitious first step with eight new lenses covering a variety of focal lengths. The Sigma FF High Speed Cinema Prime lineup includes the following focal lengths: 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm, all at a speedy T1.5, with the option of E, EF or PL mounts. Two new Sigma High Speed Cinema Zooms cover 18-35mm and 50-100mm at T2.0, and will handle 6-8K sensors from camera manufacturers like RED Cinema. Available initially in both EF and Sony E mount, I’m told PL mounts are on the way for the zoom line as well. All lenses are weatherproofed and use luminous paint markings for operating in dark conditions. Sigma also announced a plan to continue adding to the cinema line throughout 2017 with an additional zoom and a further five primes on the horizon. New Sigma High Speed 50-100 T2.0 Cine Zoom (EF and Sony E) Sigma High Speed Cinema Lenses – Features at a Glance: Sigma FF High Speed Primes in T1.5, and Full Frame compatible. Sigma High Speed Zooms in T2, Super 35mm coverage. Metal bodies, with standardised 95mm front diameter, 82mm filter thread, lens gear positions and 0.8M gear pitch across the board. Same weatherproofing found in their 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Zoom. Luminous paint and laser engraved ensure durable lens markings that can be operated also in dark conditions. Smooth and precise focusing and zooming with ring throw of 180° and 160°, respectively. Optional manual iris control. Separately, Sigma also announced a non “High Speed” FF Cinema Zoom today that covers 24-35mm T2.2, and will be available in EF and E mount with no plans for a PL mount version. Could this be a more budget friendly option aimed at competitors like Zeiss with their ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T.2.9-3.9 T recently being announced? With Rokinon’s Xeen line occupying the entry level of the cinema glass market at least in terms of primes, and with many manufacturers building glass only big-budget productions can afford, it will be interesting to see where Sigma’s pricing lands. Availability: Expected Q4, 2016 – initially only available in Japan and the United States. Pricing: TBD What are your thoughts on the new Sigma FF High Speed Cinema lineup? Let us know below.Read more
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