At IBC 2009, Cooke Optics will unveil the first working prototype of Panchro lenses. The PL mounted lens for 35mm film and digital production, which was announced at NAB 2009, is a modern redesign of the original Cooke Panchro lenses.
The Panchro is a small, lightweight and affordable lens. It sacrifices one stop of light (T2.8 compared with T2.0 for Cooke S4) and is calibrated and colour-matched to existing Cooke lenses, making it a cost-effective choice when a faster lens is not crucial or when shooting in difficult situations such as crash scenes or VFX shots. The reduced size, weight and true focal length markings also make the Panchro ideal for 3D stereoscopic productions.
Cooke will also showcase a range of its high-level camera lenses, including its S4/i Prime lenses and the Cooke RED Set of S4 /i lenses. Cooke will also show the /i dataLink, a small box that mounts easily to any camera and records the focus, zoom, iris settings and other pertinent data of each take, allowing the metadata to be passed on to post. /i technology enables VFX and DI artists to create more accurate, better-looking visual effects, and saves significant time in the post-production process.
The growing number of companies that support /i technology include Aaton, Arri, Avid, Cinematography Electronics, CMotion, Dalsa, Mark Roberts Motion Control, The Pixel Farm, Preston Cinema Systems, RED, Service Vision and Silicon Imaging.