UK lens manufacturer Cooke Optics has announced that it is to produce a much wider range of mounts for its compact miniS4/i family of lenses to allow access for DSLR and mirrorless camera owners. From October the lenses will be available in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds systems, as well as the normal PL mount for movie cameras. In addition the company will offer the new mounts on their own for existing miniS4/i lens owners who will be able to switch the fittings themselves.

The Cooke miniS4/i series is designed to offer movie makers a smaller, lighter alternative to the company’s S4/i lenses through the use of a T2.8 maximum aperture instead of the T2 opening of the S4/i range. There are ten prime lenses in the series ranging from 18mm to 135mm, and each is capable of covering a Super 35mm frame.

Although the miniS4/i series is considered to be a cost-effective alternative to the company’s larger lenses, a set of all ten costs around $69,500 while the individual lenses are priced at about $7300 each. The price of the individual mounts has yet to be announced.

For more information see the Cooke Optics website.

Press release

Cooke Optics introduces multiple mounts for miniS4/i lens range

Users of Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and micro 4/3 cameras now have access to the Cooke Look

Leicester, UK- Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, is pleased to announce that it is introducing multiple mounts for its acclaimed miniS4/i lenses, enabling more cameras and productions to benefit from the ‘Cooke Look®’. The new mounts, including Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and micro 4/3, will be available to view at IBC 2016 on Stand 12.D10 and will ship from October 2016.

A single mount will fit every focal length lens in the miniS4/i series. For existing miniS4/i lenses, users can simply unbolt the PL mount that comes as standard, bolt on the replacement mount, and shim as required. The mounts can be used on any miniS4/i lens, regardless of delivery date. For new miniS4/i deliveries, starting from October 2016, the lenses will be available with the mount of choice from the factory. The mounts are designed for the MIRRORless cameras.

Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said, “The miniS4/i lenses are steadily gaining popularity for many genres of production, since they have all the coveted attributes of Cooke prime lenses in a smaller, lighter and more affordable form. With the introduction of these interchangeable mounts, we can now bring the Cooke Look to many more cameras and productions, giving even more choice to directors of photography.”

miniS4/i lenses were recently used to shoot the popular UK TV drama Midsomer Murders and the Spanish feature film El Pregon.

Cooke will also show the new 35-140mm Anamorphic/i zoom lens at IBC 2016, alongside a variety of Anamorphic/i, 5/i, S4/i and miniS4/i lenses.