Legendary Hollywood lens maker, Cooke Optics, has introduced a brand new line of full-frame “SP3” cine lenses (buy here) for Sony E mount mirrorless customers. The lenses have a most aperture of T2.4 and have an interchangeable mount.
The lenses seem like solely out there for Sony E mount for the time being, though Canon RF, Leica L and Leica M choices will probably be coming sooner or later. In addition they value a few third to a fifth of typical Cooke lens costs.
T2.4 aperture all through the vary
The brand new Cooke SP3 lens collection includes 5 focal lengths of lens masking an honest vary. The shortest focal size is 25mm (buy here), and the longest is 100mm (buy here). In between, you’ve received 32mm (buy here), 50mm (buy here) and 75mm (buy here). All 5 lenses characteristic a reasonably shiny T2.4 aperture.
All the lenses are fairly compact. And this isn’t simply by Cooke’s requirements, however cine lenses as an entire. Cooke’s clearly seen a market within the mirrorless sector, doubtless on account of different producers additionally releasing compact cine primes for mirrorless cameras, and so they’ve determined to sort out it, too.
That’s in all probability not the one consider Cooke’s resolution to pursue small cine primes. I anticipate buyer suggestions has additionally performed a big half. Drone use in Hollywood films is changing into fairly commonplace. If filmmakers are utilizing Cooke lenses on the bottom, they’re going to need light-weight variations to ship up into the air, too.
Cooke SP3 – Straightforward swappability
Whereas every of the lenses within the Cooke SP3 collection are pretty shut to one another when it comes to dimension, they’re not similar. The MOD 0.8 focus and aperture rings, nonetheless, are in the identical place in every of the lenses, permitting you to swap them out simply with out having to reconfigure your whole rig.
The main target rings on all 5 lenses have a rotation of 160° from minimal focus distance to infinity. In addition they all have an aperture iris ring rotation of 78°. So if you happen to’re utilizing motors to regulate your focus and aperture, there could also be no have to recalibrate between lens swaps.
Except for the 100mm lens, all of them characteristic 58mm filter threads, letting you swap your filters simply between them. The 100mm, although, has a 77mm filter thread.
Low-budget, however not for everybody
For some individuals, these gained’t be thought-about as being all that low funds. That is very true once you’ve received firms on the market producing cine zoom lenses for $3K and primes for lower than a grand. However in comparison with Cooke’s standard costs, they’re very cheap.
Cooke lenses usually command a particularly excessive value. It isn’t uncommon to see them on the market at $35,000 or extra per particular person lens, and some can reach as high as £60,000. For the brand new Cooke SP3 collection, nonetheless, you should purchase the complete set of 5 lenses for lower than $22K.
Regardless of their a lot lower-than-usual pricing, although, they’re nonetheless Cooke lenses. So, they’re nonetheless going to be excellent lenses for anyone who chooses to spend money on them.
Cook dinner SP3 Specs
|Cooke SP3 25mm T2.4||Cooke SP3 32mm T2.4||Cooke SP3 50mm T2.4||Cooke SP3 75mm T2.4||Cooke SP3 100mm T2.4|
|Minimal Focus Distance||13.9cm||22.3cm||39.4cm||68.9cm||66.3cm|
|Mount||Sony E (interchangeable)||Sony E (interchangeable)||Sony E (interchangeable)||Sony E (interchangeable)||Sony E (interchangeable)|
|Dimensions||64 x 98mm||64 x 94mm||64 x 94mm||64 x 98mm||124 x 82mm|
Worth and Availability
The brand new Cooke SP3 collection of lenses is offered to pre-order now for $4,500 every in 25mm, 32mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm focal lengths. Purchased individually, that works out to $22,500 for the complete set. If you wish to save your self just a little cash, although, you may pre-order the complete set for $21,375.
As talked about, the lenses are at the moment solely out there in Sony E mount, however they characteristic user-interchangeable mounts. Canon RF, Leica L and Leica M mounts will grow to be out there in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.