The Varotal/i FF T2.9 spherical zoom series offers superb resolution, constant optical speed and minimal breathing, says Cooke. The new 19-40mm lens completes focal length coverage for most productions.
All Varotal/i FF zooms deliver the famed Cooke Look, offering natural, flattering skin tone and character, and match the Cooke S8/i FF (at T2.8) and S7/i FF prime lenses, enabling cinematographers to preserve their creative intent when switching between primes and zooms. With the release of the 19-40mm wide zoom the company says that the Varotal/i FF series is now complete, enabling Cooke to offer broad focal length coverage for the majority of production needs.
The Varotal/i FF series offers focal length coverage from 19mm to 215mm. This coverage provides cinematographers with huge flexibility in the focal length choice from only three lenses, and the set is designed with suitable crossover between focal lengths.
The new 19-40mm lens is the widest of the three Varotal/i FFs, and slightly lighter at 3.5kg (7.7lbs), with 30-95mm and 85-215mm lenses both weighing 4kg (8.8lbs). As the widest zoom with suitable close focus of 320mm, this is an ideal lens for Steadicam work, allowing the camera operator to obtain fluid moving shots while getting close to the subject.
Test Varotal/i FF series at EnergaCAMERIMAGE
With an ergonomic design and solid casing, the lenses are relatively compact when considering their focal length range, speed, and image circle. /i Technology connectivity is provided to both camera and the Lemo connection on the side of the lens, making lens data accessible to production from a zoom.
Tim Pugh, CEO, Cooke Optics, said, “We are immensely proud to complete the Varotal/i FF range with the new wide zoom. This cutting-edge series gives even more flexibility to creatives in choosing how to tell their stories, offering the Cooke Look in a zoom range to match our celebrated primes.”
The full Varotal/i FF series is now available to order and will be available to test at EnergaCAMERIMAGE which takes place from 12-19 November in Torun, Poland. For individual booking requests to test the new lens please email Carey Duffy, Cooke’s Director of Product Experiences, at [email protected].
The Cooke Studio
During the Film Festival The Cooke Studio is open to cinematographers to see the new lenses in action. Cooke says “we will be shooting with the new Cooke Varotal/i and S8/i ranges as well as selection of other lenses. The set offers a controlled lighting environment, a selection of cameras and two subjects to shoot. Visitors can have their footage graded on-site and then view it in a dedicated 4K screening room with high-end laser projector, to get a real-world feel for the images that the lenses capture.”
Visit cookeoptics.com/camerimage for full details of Cooke activities at the Film Festival.