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.
Les Zellan, chairman and owner, Cooke Optics, said, Cooke primes and Ang©nieux zooms have always complemented each other in terms of look and colour. They are frequently used together on feature films as the combination of our respective expertise brings something special to the screen that cinematographers have long valued. We are confident they will not be disappointed with the results of this initiative, as we make anamorphic production available for a new generation of film-makers.
Pierre Andurand, CEO and President, Thales Ang©nieux, said, In our ongoing quest to provide cinematographers with the very best tools, we are developing a complete line of compact anamorphic zooms that maintain a superb level of resolution while keeping a very human feel in the image. The entire line will perfectly match with the new Cooke primes and will be friendly, usable, compact and lightweight.
Ang©nieux is currently showcasing the first zoom lens in their planned complete line of compact anamorphic zooms. It is a 56-152mm anamorphic zoom lens with 2x squeeze and fast aperture of T:4. With a light weight of only 4.8lbs-2.2 kg, this new lens has a unique optical design combining spherical and cylindrical elements in the same group to deliver exceptional sharpness and low distortion.
Cooke Optics has designed seven brand new prime lenses for the anamorphic system - 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm and 135mm, all at T2.3.
The new lenses, which are approximately the size of Cookes industry standard S4/i lenses, retain the Cooke Look®, are colour matched with the Cooke 5/i, S4/i and miniS4/i ranges, and come equipped with the next generation /i Technology to capture lens metadata.
Lenses from Cooke Optics and Thales Ang©nieux have been used together on countless film productions including Zero Dark Thirty, A Good Day to Die Hard, Rock Forever, Dark Shadows, After Earth, Drive and Midnight in Paris, and television shows including The Client List, Chicago Fire, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Community and many others.
Prototypes of the new anamorphic lenses will be available to view at NAB 2013 in Hall 11; in Cookes booth, C11149, and Thales Ang©nieux booth, C6020.The companies expect to ship the new lenses in early 2014.