Cooke unleashes its latest anamorphic lenses – including new 85mm T2.8

Cooke unleashes its latest anamorphic lenses – including new 85mm T2.8
(Image credit: Cooke Optics)

Cooke Optics will be presenting its latest lineup of lenses, including the new Anamorphic/i Full Frame 85mm Macro T2.8, at the BSC Expo taking place at Battersea Evolution, London, from 31 January to 01 February.

The full range of Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus prime lenses will be on show, comprising the 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm and 180mm T2.3 primes in addition to the new 85mm T2.8, all of which feature a 1.8x squeeze.

They will all be on display in both the Standard and the SF coating variants. The latter, standing for Special Flair, represents "the next logical step in the evolution of filmmaking, when using full frame sensors, producing true front anamorphic characteristics," according to Cooke. The SF coating enables cinematographers to produce even more exaggerated lens flare than anamorphic lenses already exhibit. 

That noise you can hear is JJ Abrams, practically starting a fire by rubbing his palms together with glee. 

Also on show at the event will be Cooke's range of spherical S7/i Full Frame Plus Primes (which possess the same /i Technology that facilitates frame-by-frame digital information capture), as well as the recently released Anamorphic/i SF 35mm-140mm zoom lens, along with optics from the Panchro/i Classic vintage-look range of primes (reminiscent of Cooke's Speed Panchros). 

Cooke has been one of the leading lens specialists for TV and film for over 100 years. Based in Leicester, England, the company's optics are highly prized among serious cinematographers for "the Cooke look", which has contributed to the visual flair of everything from The Wizard of Oz, Spartacus and the original Star Wars to Bohemian Rhapsody, Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders

For more information on the BSC Expo, visit the BSC website.

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.