Cine Gear 2015: Cooke Optics Launch 65mm Macro Anamorphic/i Prime Lens

Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning England based manufacturer of precision high-end lenses for the motion picture and TV productions, just announced the launch of a 65mm Macro Anamorphic/i 2x Prime lens - the latest addition to their growing family of Anamorphic lenses in response to the growing demand for precision optics for the modern digital cinema cameras like the ARRI Alexa XT/SXT, ARRI Alexa MINI, Panasonic Varicam 35, Red Epic and many others.

The announcement was made in the heart of Hollywood, at the currently on-going Cine Gear 2015 expo at Paramount Studios, where Cooke displayed a prototype of the new anamorphic lens at their booth. The first production lenses are expected to ship in about two months time.


The 65mm Macro anamorphic lens boasts a close-up magnification ratio of 4:1:1 and, unlike many of its competitors, has a close focus of 5.5” from the front of the lens, which is almost unheard of in an anamorphic lens. The key feature of Cooke’s macro lens is that its focus does not fall apart as it gets to macro focuses, making it ideal for close-ups and product shots.

Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said, “We are very proud to present the 65mm Macro anamorphic lens, which we believe will be an extremely valuable addition to our Anamorphic/i range. The development of the 65mm Macro and the recently-announced Anamorphic/i Zoom lens is testament to the hard work and dedication of our R&D team, which constantly strives to bring film makers new tools to realize their visions.”


This is the second big announcement from Cooke Optics this year, the first one being a few months back at this years NAB Show in Las Vegas, where the company announced they are working on a new Anamorphic Zoom lens. Like the rest of the Cooke Anamorphic/i Prime set, it will be a true front anamorphic lens with 2x squeeze.

Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said, “In the storied tradition of Cooke 5:1 and 10:1 zooms, this is the first in a series of front anamorphic zoom lenses that will complement Cooke’s set of Anamorphic/i primes lenses.”

The unveiling of the Anamorphic/i Zoom lens is the first of several expected announcements from Cooke in the coming months. No word on pricing yet, but over here at Visuals we can work with you and Cooke and get you the best pricing possible when that becomes available.

Highly praised by cinematographers worldwide and regarded as unique lenses, the Cooke Primes and Anamorphic lenses are known for their "Cooke Look" producing sharp, together with a subtle, silky smooth rendering that gives dimensionality, high contrast and pleases the eye.

For all your Cooke Optics needs and requirements, over here at Visual Impact we supply it all including, but not limited to S4 Primes and Mini Primes, Cooke 5/i and Cooke Anamorphics whether in sets or bespoke packages. Give us a ring at 0208 977 1222 for more details and to place your pre-order.