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Cooke Optics opens LA service operation for increased customer support in key market Posted: 26/11/2019
Cooke Optics opens LA service operation for increased customer support  in key market

Cooke Optics announced today that it has opened a service operation in Los Angeles, CA to provide full lens servicing and testing. This new operation further strengthens Cooke Optics’ dedication to worldwide service and support.

Les Zellan, Chairman, Cooke Optics, said, “With hundreds of movies and TV shows shot in and around LA each year, and many local rental houses stocking Cooke lenses, we’re proud to offer full lens servicing at a convenient location. The LA operation joins the Cooke service operations around the world, so customers can now reach us directly on both US coasts, the UK, São Paulo in Brazil and Shanghai in China.”

Michael Nadas has joined Cooke Americas as the company’s Optical Engineer in LA. He comes to the team with 28-plus years of technical experience in the film and television production industry, specializing in evaluating, testing and repairing both cinematic and broadcast lenses from multiple manufacturers to factory specifications. Michael established the quality control standards for lens testing and evaluating procedures company-wide at Sim, a leading supplier of studios, production equipment, workflow/dailies and post-production solutions. Over the course of his career, he has acquired an in-depth technical knowledge of specific types of lenses that are unique to our industry and most recently led Sim’s Motion Picture Optics department out of Los Angeles.

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Cooke Optics Brings BAFTA award-winner Peaky Blinders Season 5 into the World of Anamorphic and 4K Posted: 01/11/2019
Cooke Optics Brings BAFTA award-winner Peaky Blinders Season 5 into the World of Anamorphic and 4K

Cinematographer Si Bell and Director Anthony Byrne move crime drama series to a more cinematic look and feel

For four seasons, Thomas Shelby, his family and his gang — Peaky Blinders — have been captivating audiences around the world with this crime drama set in 1920s Birmingham, England in the aftermath of World War I. But the fifth season would mean a total change in how the series was to be shot, moving from Cooke S4/i spherical lenses (used since season three) to anamorphic with Cooke Optics' Anamorphic/i prime lenses as well as 4K for this season’s Netflix full-season distribution in the US, which became available on 4 October 2019 (UK distribution on BBC One began in early September with one episode per week).

One of the challenges for cinematographer Si Bell and director Anthony Byrne — both big fans of the series — was maintaining continuity with the four seasons that came before them, regardless of the new production changes.

“Anthony and I had wanted to do this series for a number of years, having watched all of it and always talking about it,” explained Bell. “When we got the gig, we both watched the entire series again and paid special attention to the things we loved, things we thought could be different and things we thought could be better. But we obviously had to keep continuity.”

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Cooke Optics to Show The Best in Cinematography Lenses at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2019 Posted: 29/10/2019
Cooke Optics to Show The Best in Cinematography Lenses at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2019

At the 27th Edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (EnergaCAMERIMAGE) held in Toru, Poland from 9-16 November 2019, Cooke Optics will be showcasing the best in cinematography with its latest full frame and prime lenses. This will give cinematographers the opportunity to see for themselves just what is meant by “The Cooke Look®”.

The first of three lenses to be highlighted at EnergaCAMERIMAGE will be the new S7/i Full Frame Plus T2.0 prime lenses — available in focal lengths of 16,18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100, 135mm and 180mm. The S7/i Full Frame Plus features superb optical and mechanical performance, control of flare, distortion, veiling glare and spherical aberrations at full aperture. Its cam-type focus mechanism allows for smooth focus adjustments, while its modular construction increases ease of maintenance and serviceability.

The Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus T2.3 prime lenses brings full frame capture capabilities to those shooting large format with the anamorphic characteristics cinematographers expect, including flare and oval bokeh. Avaliable in 40, 50, 75 and 100mm focal lengths in both Standard and Special Flare (SF) versions. This initial set of Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus prime lenses will be joined by the 32, 135 and 180mm later this year.

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Joe Anderson Helps Resurrect Top Boy with Cooke S7 i Prime Lenses Posted: 24/09/2019
Joe Anderson Helps Resurrect Top Boy with Cooke S7 i Prime Lenses

When the original two mini-series of Top Boy ended on the UK’s Channel 4 in 2013, few people thought the critically-acclaimed drama about two London street gangs would ever come back.

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Cooke Optics to ship new Anamorphic i lenses by NAB 2015 Posted: 05/03/2015
Cooke Optics to ship new Anamorphic i lenses by NAB 2015

Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has pledged to start shipping the 25mm and 135mm Anamorphic/i lenses by NAB 2015. The new lenses, announced at IBC 2014, will further enhance the range which currently includes 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm models.

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Cooke Optics to extend Anamorphic i lens range Posted: 05/08/2014
Cooke Optics to extend Anamorphic i lens range

Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is to add more choices to its acclaimed lens ranges. The Anamorphic/i range will benefit from 25mm and 135mm lenses which are expected to start shipping towards the end of 2014, followed by 180mm and 300mm lenses in 2015. In addition Cooke will add a 21mm lens to both the miniS4/i range and the 5/i series.

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Cooke Optics brings miniS4 i lenses to BVE North 2013 Posted: 01/11/2013
Cooke Optics brings miniS4 i lenses to BVE North 2013

At BVE North 2013 Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, will demonstrate its miniS4/i lenses that are increasingly being used to bring an organic look to digital content for high end television dramas such as Devious Maids and The Client List. The Leicester-based company will also show its T1.4 5/i prime lenses on Stand D28.

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Cooke Optics announces plans to extend factory and workforce in response to continuing demand for PL glass Posted: 31/05/2013
Cooke Optics announces plans to extend factory and workforce  in response to continuing demand for PL glass

Cooke Optics, the leading manufacturer of precision lenses, today announced that it will extend its factory and workforce in Leicester, UK to accommodate the sustained and growing demand for its world-leading, hand-crafted lenses. The news comes on the day that Cooke receives the Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at Cine Gear Expo 2013 in recognition of the significant contributions Cooke has made to advancing the art and craft of film making.

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Cooke Optics and Thales Angenieux Announce Collaboration on Compatible Anamorphic Lenses Posted: 05/04/2013
Cooke Optics and Thales Ang and copy;nieux Announce Collaboration on  Compatible Anamorphic Lenses

Two of the most esteemed names in the content creatio  industry, Cooke Optics and Thales Ang©nieux, today confirmed that their technical team  have worked together to share designs of their respective new anamorphic lenses.

The results of the collaboration will bring cinematographers a full range of compatible anamorphic lenses, including Cooke's Academy Award® winning design that captures the 'Cooke Look®' and Ang©nieux' renowned zoom technology, also awarded by the Academy in 2009, to meet the demand for todays film and digital capture.

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Cooke Optics says hello to Oscar at SciTech Academy Awards Posted: 11/02/2013
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Cooke Optics was awarded an Academy Award® of Merit at the Scientific & Technical Awards ceremony on Saturday 9 February 2013, in recognition of the companys

continuing innovation in design, development and manufacture of advanced camera lenses that have helped define the look of motion pictures over the last century. Cooke Optics was this years only recipient of an Oscar® statuette at the ceremony which took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles.
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Cooke Optics to be honoured at 85th Academy Awards Posted: 08/01/2013
Cooke Optics to be honoured at 85th Academy Awards

Cooke Optics will receive an Academy Award® of Merit  an Oscar® statuette for its continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of motion picture camera lenses. 

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Cooke MINIS4 i lenses are the popular choice in Uruguay Posted: 13/12/2012
Cooke MINIS4 i lenses are the popular choice in Uruguay

Cooke miniS4 lenses (formerly known as Panchro by Cooke) have gained rapid popularity in Uruguay, with many international feature film, television and commercial productions turning to the small, lightweight lenses to bring warmth and personality to digital images. Musitelli Film & Digital, a leading rental house based in Montevideo, was among the first in the world to receive a set of miniS4/i lenses, and now boasts three sets.

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Cooke brings its latest lenses to IBC 2012 as demand for PL glass continues to grow Posted: 08/08/2012
Cooke brings its latest lenses to IBC 2012 as demand for PL glass continues to grow

Cooke Optics, the premier manufacturer of precision lenses, will bring lenses from its three ranges - S4/i, Panchro/i and 5/i to IBC 2012, including a prototype of a 65mm lens for the Panchro range. The company also continues to expand its production capacity with more new hires at its Leicester factory to meet increased global demand for PL glass.

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Cooke expands workforce to meet increased demand for PL glass Posted: 04/04/2012
Cooke expands workforce to meet increased demand for PL glass Cooke Optics, the premier manufacturer of precision lenses, has significantly expanded its workforce of skilled assembly technicians since 2011 in response to the increasing demand for PL glass. Each Cooke lens is hand crafted using a combination of state-of-the-art technology, traditional 100 year old techniques and personal dexterity that come together to create the unique and famed Cooke Look®.
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Cooke Optics announces 135mm lens for 5/i and Panchro ranges Posted: 24/08/2011
Cooke Optics announces 135mm lens for 5/i and Panchro ranges Cooke Optics, the premier manufacturer of precision lenses for the motion picture industry, announced today that it will unveil 135mm lenses for its 5/i Prime and Panchro lens sets at IBC 2011 on Stand 11.D10. The 135mm focal lengths are the latest eagerly anticipated additions to each set.
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