In Broadcast - January 2015 - 38

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InTech

Cooke Brings Character
To Digital Images
The image is all about the look and that
starts with the glass in front of the camera,
say Cooke Optics...

E

arlier this year, Cooke began
producing a range of new
Anamorphic/i lenses from 25mm
through 135mm.
Two additional focal lengths, a
180mm and 300mm have recently
been announced, and all of the lenses
should be available in 2015.
Cooke's Anamorphic/i lenses are
already being used on features in the
US and around the world: Spectral with
Bojan Bazzeli, DP, in Budapest; in LA
DP Amy Vincent is shooting Sinister
2; Straight Outta Compton is being
shot by Matthew Libatique, DP; and
Antoine Roch has shot a feature film in
France titled Un Homme Ideal. There
are many television commercials being
shot in anamorphic now as well.

"The anamorphic
squeeze is
traditionally
accomplished in
front of the iris and
the most prominent
artefact will be
the oval bokeh"

So why is there a resurgence of
interest in anamorphic lenses? We
think it's because in this digital age,
dare we say it, digital images are
boring.
In the film world, cinematographers
used to have dozens of film stocks
to choose from and hundreds of
processing options to achieve a unique
look for their films. In our digital era,
these options have been reduced
considerably to just four chips.
With no disrespect to our camera
colleagues, digital is a boring format.
With fixed pixels, there is no intrinsic
dynamic interest in a digital image;
the image has an aseptic quality that
has today's cinematographers looking
for ways to project personality and
character into their films. This is one
reason why there has been such an
interest in old film lenses like Cooke
Speed Panchros, Baltars and others.
Using older glass gives a less sterile
and more flattering image. It's a way
of getting character into the digital
image.
Shooting in traditional anamorphic
using new, state of the art glass
and mechanics is another solution
to add character and texture.
The 'anamorphic funkiness' that
traditional
anamorphic
lenses
introduce added character, personality
and visual interest that gives the
cinematographer a lot of creative
freedom.

Cooke's Anamorphic/i lenses
range from 25mm to 135mm
anamorphic lens

Anamorphic
squeezes
the
horizontal
plane,
and depending on how the
anamorphic lens is constructed,
the introduction of the squeeze in
acquisition may introduce assorted
artefacts.
The
anamorphic
squeeze
is
traditionally accomplished in front
of the iris and the most prominent
artefact will be the oval bokeh.
Front anamorphic lenses are
basically a kludge since they represent
two lenses merged into one lens. On
the vertical axis is a normal lens - for
example, a 75mm anamorphic lens is
a normal 75mm on the vertical axis
- while on the horizontal axis it's a
37.5mm lens.
This combination introduces two

depths of field along the respective
axes. In addition to two depths of
field, this combination also creates the
artefacts. Traditional front anamorphic
lenses produce compression and
edge artefacts that help make the
background recede more than with a
spherical lens. All these anamorphic
effects and artefacts created with a
front anamorphic lens contribute to
the 'anamorphic funkiness'.
Cooke's new front anamorphic lens
series maintains this anamorphic
character while bringing modern
techniques to the lens design and
manufacturing process.

Spherical: Note the round lights behind the subject produced
in the non-anamorphic lens

Cooke Optics
40mm Anamorphic/i lens

Anamorphic: An oval bokeh produced by the horizontal
squeeze in the out of focus background


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