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Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

 Old glass and large sensors need a lot of testing. The results may surprise you. In this article I took a look at how older S35 lenses performed on a…

PNW Lens Summit, May 5th, Portland OR USA

PNW Lens Summit, May 5th, Portland OR USA

Quick note: if you’re coming to Portland OR for the PNW Lens Summit, you can get 20% off lodging at The Mark Spencer Hotel (no, not that Mark…

The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

I’ve been getting some play time with RED’s new Weapon camera with a Monstro sensor at Videofax in San Francisco. Jim Rolin, one of Videofax’s owners and…

Current thoughts on current lenses

Current thoughts on current lenses

Near perfect lenses are easy to find these days. The problem is… I don’t want them. I want lenses with character. A while back I wrote this…

Gallery: PNW Lens Summit 2017

Gallery: PNW Lens Summit 2017

On Saturday, May 13, Koerner Camera hosted the PNW Lens Summit 2017, gathering glass from all over in one place for our viewing pleasure. Lens-test charts were pulled from…

Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Every lens has a feel and a purpose. Some reproduce the world perfectly, some imperfectly. They all have their place, but I have come to appreciate “imperfect” over…

Cooke Anamorphic Lenses Bring Class and Character to a Clean Digital World

Cooke Anamorphic Lenses Bring Class and Character to a Clean Digital World

I remember the first time I worked in anamorphic. I’d landed a job as “A” camera operator on a feature film’s additional photography unit…

A Season of New Cinema Lenses for Filmmakers

A Season of New Cinema Lenses for Filmmakers

Are we right in the middle of a cinema lens revolution? I am talking about cinema lenses priced for the owner/operator as well as lenses the local camera house…

Classic Speed Panchros reborn in modern form

Classic Speed Panchros reborn in modern form

Cooke Optics has announced a new line of old lenses: classic Speed Panchros, updated to cover S35mm formats (30mm image circle) and housed in modern shells with PL—and other…

Cooke to offer interchangeable mounts for miniS4/i lenses

Cooke to offer interchangeable mounts for miniS4/i lenses

Cooke Optics has announced that they will soon offer multiple mounts for the miniS4/i cinema primes. Mounts will include Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and MFT (Panasonic, Blackmagic…