Cooke Covers Full Frame with the S7 Line

Credit: Cooke Optics
Cooke's reputation for quality now extends to full frame sensors.

Cooke S4 and S5 glass has lensed some of the most prestigious cinematography of recent decades, and with the new S7s that quality now extends to full frame sensors. As sensors get larger, there are of course great benefits, like higher resolutions and better low-light sensitivity. However, the limited option for true cinema quality glass once you get above the Super 35mm sensor size is a major drawback. With the release of the S7 lens series, Cooke is now offering a full set of cinema primes designed to deliver the "Cooke Look" on image circles up to 46.31mm, which should cover the RED Vista Vision format, in either the Epic body or the Panavision DXL.

When cinematographer Michael Lindsay was about to shoot tests with an early set from Cooke, he noted that he felt that the lenses could potentially cover the Alexa 65 in 16x9 mode, which would make a great combination. One major plus of the line is the consistent T2 aperture throughout the range. While this is still a full stop in from the T1.4 of Master Primes or Super Speeds, it's still a very useable wide aperture that—combined with the high sensitivity of the cameras it's designed for—will create some beautiful low-light imagery.

Credit: Cooke Optics
The lenses will be available this June.

Tech specs

  • 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135 mm
  • T2.0 – T22 linear aperture
  • Covers up to 46.31mm image circle
  • Color matched to Anamorphic/i, S4/i, miniS4/i, 5/i and Pancro/i Classic lenses
  • 6.8 to 8.1lb weight range
  • 140 teeth 0.8 metric module x 6.0mm wide 103mm from the image plane focus rings

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Your Comment


no T1.4? Were they trying to keep the 5/i from being irrelevant? And they dont cover the Alexa65 or 70mmfilm....bummer.

April 18, 2017 at 8:52PM


Best guess is that they re-engineered the s5/i's with a larger image circle and that caused a stop loss in light. More cost effective for them probably that redesigning a lens set ground up again. Maybe, who knows?

April 20, 2017 at 3:44PM

Matthew Miller
Director of Photography

The S7i is not a re-engineered version of the s5i. The S7i is a completely new lens lineup from the optical design to the mechanical design. Full Frame lenses are many times more optically complex than super 35 lenses which is most likely why the t stop of t2 was chosen. If a t-stop of t1.4 was chosen the front diameter would be even larger making it not practical for filmmaking and also 2 times the price. Although the lenses don't cover fully the alexa 65 they have been designed to cover red's new 8k sensor and also can be used in a slight crop mod on the alex 65.

April 25, 2017 at 7:24AM

a c n

And they only cost an arm or a leg per lens. Problem, they're 8 and you have only 4 limbs. Time get on a killing spree guys.

April 18, 2017 at 11:35PM, Edited April 18, 11:35PM

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