Cooke Democratizes Cinema Lenses

Cooke Optics, the leading developer and manufacturer of high-end cine lenses and intelligent lens technology, has announced the launch of the SP3 range of full-frame prime lenses for mirrorless cameras that are set to transform the pro-video market. The T2.4 range features five focal lengths, a choice of user-changeable mounts and is of small, lightweight yet robust construction. 

Cooke SP3s in matching case.

Tim Pugh, Chief Executive Officer of Cooke Optics, says, “The imaging market has long been viewed as videography and cinematography, with their associated differences particularly evident in budgets and hardware. However, these boundaries are now blurring with vast improvements in the quality of mid-market camera performance, and consequently, the creative optical possibilities and ambitions in this area are widening. This democratization means that we can now offer truly cinematic glass to the traditional pro-video market at an accessible price point and with the flexibility of camera mounts, enabling more cinematographers to enhance the narrative of their stories.”

This democratization enables more cinematographers to enhance the narrative of their stories.”

Tim Pugh, Chief Executive Officer of Cooke Optics

Celebrated Origins

The Cooke SP3 full-frame prime lens series is based on the Cooke Speed Panchro, one of the most influential lenses in film history, with a new design optimized optically and mechanically for mirrorless cameras. It offers outstanding definition and resolution yet features fall-off towards the edge of the frame, which is a key factor in the famous cinematic look achieved by the legendary Speed Panchro lenses, together with the trademark dimensionality and contrast performance that renders faces with remarkable skin tone and character, known as The Cooke Look. The SP3s also feature specialized cinematic optical coatings that ensure control of excessive flare. 

Cooke SP3 lenses.

The SP3 range offers 25mm, 32mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm focal lengths. Lenses come with E-Mount installed, and RF-Mounts will be available soon. Early purchasers can get a set of RF mounts at no cost by following the process noted in the packaging. L-Mount is available now as an accessory part, and M-Mount will be introduced in early 2024. 

The SP3s are Cooke’s lightest lenses, weighing in at between 500g/1.10lbs and 690g/1.52lbs including lens mount, making them practical for use on lighter weight gimbals as well as drones; their robust construction and mechanics will also withstand the rigors of fast-paced shooting environments. The small, ergonomic form factor delivers cinematic quality shooting even in tight or hard-to-reach places. They feature a dual focus scale, and the focus and iris mechanics are aligned across the set to allow for fast lens changes while maintaining focus and iris motor positions.

The SP3 range is available worldwide from the middle of September. Pricing is $4,500 / £3,250 / €3,900 for a single lens and $21,375 / £15,400 / €18,525 for the complete set of five lenses in a heavy-duty carry case. 

Cooke SP3 lenses.

About Cooke Optics, LTD

Cooke is a storied name in both cinematographic and ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the world’s most respected cinematographers. Cooke is also the developer behind /i Technology, the protocol enabling vital lens and camera information to be captured and passed digitally to post-production teams. Cooke was honored with a 2013 Academy Award of Merit (an Oscar statuette) for its continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of motion picture camera lenses. 

Features in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Asteroid City, Christopher, Matilda the Musical, Purple Hearts, The Batman, Poker Face, Birds of Paradise, The Mauritian, The French Dispatch, Bombshell, Little Women and The Irishman.

Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include The Last of Us, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Euphoria, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Fate: The Winx Saga, The Luminaries, Am I Being Unreasonable?, The Umbrella Academy, Dead to Me, Lost in Space, Watchmen, Star Trek: Picard, Hunters, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Wonder, Chornobyl, Seven Wonders, One Planet and Altered Carbon.

Cooke SP3 lens case.

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