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Cooke Optics will launch a new range of prime lenses covering more than a 46mm image circle at NAB 2017. The new range, known as the S7/i Full Frame Plus series are designed to cover the emergent full frame cinema camera sensors, up to a whopping 46.31mm image circle, enough to cover the RED Weapon 8K. They are scheduled to ship starting in June 2017, and although there was no word on pricing as of yet, don't expect them to be inexpensive. They could, however, be a good hedge against the trend of larger and larger sensor sizes, and there is no reason they can't be put to work today in shooting the more ubiquitous Super35 format.
The new lenses will be available in 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135mm, all with a true T2.0 aperture with coverage of Full Frame and slightly beyond, (accounting for the "Plus" added to the name). They have a common fixed front diameter of 110mm, with a focus drive gear of 140T x 0.8 mod and an iris drive gear of 134T x 0.8. A nine-leaf linear module iris assembly is fitted into the lenses, and the average weight of an S7/i lens is approximately 3.5kg.
Cooke will also debut the Panchro/i Classic range and the new front Anamorphic/i zoom lens at NAB 2017. In addition, visitors to the Cooke booth will see the Anamorphic/i SF lens range, as well as lenses from its leading Anamorphic/i, 5/i, S4/i and miniS4/i ranges, and the Sony E and micro 4/3 mounts for miniS4/i and Panchro/i Classic lenses that enable users of these cameras to achieve the ‘Cooke Look®’ for the first time.