Cooke's New Anamorphic Zoom Aims to Add the Personality & Funkiness Back to Your Images

The new anamorphic lens from Cooke was created to make your shots look as though they were shot with a -- well -- with an anamorphic lens.

When we stopped by to talk to Les Zellan from ZGC and Cooke, he explained how the company was aiming to bring back the "funkiness" of anamorphic by designing their new lens with the anamorphic squeeze in front of the iris -- something he says some manufacturers don't do with their new rear anamorphic lenses.

Cooke wasn't able to give us much information about their new anamorphic lens, but what they could tell us was that it will have a 2X squeeze and will be released by the end of the year.


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You should have 2X squeezed more answers out of him.

April 15, 2015 at 2:55PM, Edited April 15, 2:55PM

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Viktor Ragnemar
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I like the 'scope of your comment.

April 15, 2015 at 3:05PM, Edited April 15, 3:05PM

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Jaime Valles
Filmmaker
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This article was written with a lot of flare.

April 15, 2015 at 3:09PM

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Joshua Bowen
Editor
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Leave him alone. You people are just not funky enough.

April 15, 2015 at 6:41PM

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Edgar More
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No need to get out of shape:)

April 16, 2015 at 3:38AM

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It zoomed into the issue and gave us the full picture.

April 15, 2015 at 3:21PM

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Saied M.
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Cooke and Hawk, the cream of the crop

April 15, 2015 at 3:23PM

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Anthony F. Marino III
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I've shot all of my commercial projects on Arri Primes, mainly because they are relatively cheap to rent. But for personal projects I prefer moded vintage lenses such as Isco and Helios photo lenses they are cheap and they've got personality and "funkiness".

April 16, 2015 at 11:46AM

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Einar Gabbassoff
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Excellent! Angenieux blew it. Their own perfectionism in lens design, (because zooms have always been so much softer than primes because of all the elements in it...plus the extra complexity of anamorphic) has lead Angenieux to miss what digital filmmakers are really looking for in an anamorphic lens. ...and in the process, re-awakened Cooke to the zoom market. I'm hoping the 5:1 will be steadicam friendly (weight-wise), but it's doubtful because he was was talking about it looking like a 5:1 and 10:1, not so much a short range of lengths. Its a shame, because Angenieux' anamorphic 30-72 is the perfect size and weight for handheld or steadi. I guess front mounted anamorphic lenses would probably be a lot heavier.

April 20, 2015 at 2:53AM

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Daniel Mimura
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Cooke's 15-40 S4 zoom is 7.9 lbs. So I would guess between 8.5 and 9 lbs

April 22, 2015 at 11:28PM, Edited April 22, 11:28PM

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chris Larsen
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