Cooke Optics Launches New Zoom, Boasting T2 Speed and Impressive Close Focus

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Cooke, a world leading manufacturer of optics for the film industry, is set to again raise the bar for innovation with the new S4/i 15-40mm CXX Zoom. Above and beyond superior optical and mechanical performance, the CXX offers features that just aren’t found anywhere else and can do things that other zooms can’t.

Cooke, a world leading manufacturer of optics for the film industry, is set to again raise the bar for innovation with the new S4/i 15-40mm CXX Zoom. Above and beyond superior optical and mechanical performance, the CXX offers features that just aren’t found anywhere else and can do things that other zooms can’t.

In addition to its impressive close focus at less than 7 inches from the front of the element, the CXX Zoom offers professionals blazing speed with the ability to shoot at T2 - with an overall T Stop ranging up to T22. The CXX Zoom features a focal length of 15 – 40mm that is packed in a surprisingly lightweight chassis that weighs only 7.9 pounds (3.6kg), making it ideal for all shooting scenarios including Steadicam use. Weight is equally distributed from the front of the lens to the lens mount and the new zoom is comparable in size to a Cooke S4/i Prime telephoto lens, measuring only 9 inches. Shooters will also benefit from Cooke’s new and patent pending, Variable Vignetting Stop, which allows the high-speed CXX lens to maintain T2 and high resolution throughout the entire zoom range. The Variable Vignetting Stop mechanism adjusts automatically with no ramping or flare.

The CXX Zoom is also as “intelligent” as it is advanced, featuring Cooke’s /i Technology (the “i” stands for intelligence). With /i Technology, the CXX is able to provide real time, electronic feedback on lens setting, focus distance, aperture, depth-of-field and more, which can then be displayed using a /i Data Display. Like the entire S4 range, the S4/i 15-40mm CXX Zoom offers excellent definition in low light or shadow and with Cooke’s acclaimed multicoating, provides what’s known in the cine realm as the “Cooke Look” – a lush, velvety appearance with rich warm colors.

Coinciding with the launch of the lens, Cooke Optics is also running a contest where the first 25 people to email the significance of the CXX name, will receive a free gift. As a hint, the answer can be found on the Cooke Optics website, http://www.cookeoptics.com.

About Cooke Optics

Cooke is a storied name in both cinemagraphic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the most respected directors of photography and cinematographers in Hollywood. Cooke S4 Prime lenses, acclaimed for their unique mechanical design and extraordinary photographic qualities, have been used to shoot several of the most legendary and visually beautiful motion pictures of all time, both in Hollywood and internationally. Other recent box office releases shot with Cooke lenses include ”Jarhead,” "Capote," “Red Eye,” “The Wedding Crashers,” "Cinderella Man," "The Interpreter," “Wimbledon,” “Neverland,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Ray,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Chicago,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and the extraordinarily beautiful “Girl With a Pearl Earring.”

Specifications:

S4/i 15-40mm CXX Zoom

Focal Length Range: 15-40mm

T Stop Range: T2 - T22

Maximum f Stop: f/1.84.

Close Focus from Lens Front: 6.94 inches / 169mm

Length from Front of Lens to Image Plane: 11.06 inches / 281mm

Minimum Marked Object Distance: 18 inches / 450mm

Maximum Format Covered:    30mm image circle (for Super 35 format)

Diagonal Angle of View for 30mm Image Circle: 90 - 41 degrees

Iris Scales: Two opposing scales, whole and third stops marked

Minimum Marked Object Distance: 18 inches / 450mm

Angular Rotation of Iris: 92 degrees

Iris Drive Gear: 134 teeth 0.8 metric module, x 2.5mm x 80.5mm from image plane

Focus Scales: Two opposing focus scales, metric or footage marked from infinity to MOD

Angular Rotation from Infinity to MOD Endstop: 290 degrees

Angular Rotation Between Endstops: 300 degrees

Focus Drive Gear: 153 teeth 0.8 metric module, x 6.0mm wide x 223mm from image plane

Zoom Scales: Two opposing zoom scales

Angular Rotation of Zoom Scale: 130 degrees

Zoom Drive Gear: 140 teeth 0.8 metric module, x 6.0mm wide x 99mm from image plane

Length from Front of Lens to Lens Mount: 9 inches / 229mm

Front Diameter:    136mm

Weight:    7.9 lbs. / 3.6 Kg

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