At NAB 2013 Cooke Optics Limited stated that they were in the planning stages of a new line of Anamorphic/i Prime lenses and they would be ready by NAB2014. Well, the NAB 2014 exhibits are open to the public three days from today, and the folks at Cooke Optics Limited have kept their promise- much to the excitement of the filmaker! Introducing the new line of Cooke Anamorphic/i Look lenses that offer the anamorphic image quality, that is well suited for the current lines of digital cinema cameras out in the marketplace today! The lens available range from 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm with 2x squeeze. The Anamorphic/i Look includes a 2:1 oval bokeh for out of focus highlights and the Cooke Look® are color matched with all other Cooke lenses! Linear iris and equipped with the next generation of /i Squared Technology (patent pending) for metadata capture. All Cooke Anamorphic/i primes have a true T2.3 aperture and covers the Super 35mm format!
“We promised at NAB 2013 that we would be delivering our Anamorphic/i lenses by NAB 2014, and we are,” said Les Zellan.
Cooke Anamorphic/i Prime lenses are supplied with the next generation /i Technology, and are designed for all PL mounted professional motion picture film and electronic cameras. Cooke’s new /i Squared Technology metadata system builds on the capabilities of Cooke’s /i Technology. The newest functions provide inertial tracking data in addition to lens metadata to be used by applications such as matchmoving and 3D camera tracking. The position and orientation data, in addition to the lens data will help VFX teams better deal with common issues like occlusions, fast camera motion (motion blur) and other known challenges associated with today’s fast paced motion capture style. Cooke’s /i Technology provides vital information on lens setting, focusing distance, aperture and depth-of-field, hyperfocal distance, serial number, owner data, lens type and focal length in both metric and footage measurements. Information is captured frame-by-frame for use in post-production and real-time displays.
For companies interested in producing compatible products with /i Technology, the /i protocol is available as a free download: Get the latest /i Communications specs in PDF format under Technical Resources, Free downloads. * Patent Pending
Make sure to check out Cooke Optics Limited when you are walking the 2014 NAB convention floor at booth C6143 & C6144- Central Hall! Also, for viewing of the Cooke Anamorphic Test Videos, go to: vimeo.com/cookeoptics/videos