by Graham Sheldon | 2nd September 2016
Lens manufacturer Cooke Optics, with their wide range of gorgeous cinema prime lenses, have been firmly in the PL mount camp for years. But that will change this October when their new mounts ship for the Cooke MiniS4i Cine Lens. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to see the Cooke MiniS4i Cine Lenses in action on the set of the feature film The Good Catholic, and take it from me that they shoot a beautiful image. For that project we used the RED Epic Dragon with a Wooden Camera PL mount, but now for the next film we could go with a new Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E or micro 4/3 mounted Cooke MiniS4i Cine Lens. Cooke S4/i Cinema Primes on the set of The Good Catholic. Picture: Graham Sheldon If you are a current owner of these lenses, you’ll be able to unbolt the standard PL mount yourself, bolt on your new mount, and shim to adjust back focus. Come this October you’ll be able to order your lens from the factory with the new mounts pre-attached. PL Mounts remain the only choice on many larger productions using popular cinema zoom lenses like the Fujinon 19-90mm T2.9 or the Angenieux 30-76mm T2.8, but this move from Cooke Optics will hopefully inspire other manufacturers to build mounts for their flagship cinema lenses as well, versus relying on 3rd party options. No pricing information yet.Read more
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