Cooke Optics has announced the launch of the S8/i Full Frame (FF) series of seven lenses for full frame production with an all-spherical design and T1.4 throughout.

The range currently includes 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 135mm focal lengths.

A further nine lenses will join the range from late 2022.

Cooke says the S8/i lenses were motivated by feedback from cinematographers wanting to create more realistic and film-like images with spherical lenses for digital motion capture and that the new lenses create “an almost organic feel and a clean bokeh.”

Cooke says it has focussed on optimising the contrast performance for the S8/i with the design team undertaking a “huge” study to ensure S8/i’s contrast performance is maximised to suit the actual resolution of digital cameras.

Under the body, S8/i is an all-spherical design which produces a near telecentric output of the light rays which is efficient for sensors. It is characterised by “smooth, spherical bokeh and minimal colour fringing”, enabling cinematographers to create “sensitive and emotional” images with a high degree of dimensionality.

Tim Pugh, CEO, Cooke Optics, said, “We are very proud to reveal the new S8/i FF series, built as always with cinematographers in mind. The lenses have been designed and produced in a smart way using an all-spherical design which provides an organic, filmic aesthetic to accompany the latest digital film cameras.”


With a maximum aperture of T1.4 across the focal range, the new S8/i FF lenses are amongst the very fastest produced lenses for larger than full frame capture. They also offer greater control over depth of field and flare characteristics, whilst still providing excellent low light performance without graining.


Compact and light, agile and easy to use, the new S8/i FF lenses have been created for a wide variety of situations and today’s compact cameras. Being lighter, however, has not compromised strength, durability, or their exceptional image quality.


Designed from the ground up to incorporate Cooke’s very latest intelligent /i technology, the new S8/i FF lenses include:

/i data focus and iris position

/i motion inertial data

/i maps factory calibrated shading and distortion data

The S8/i FF series is now available to order



Staff Reporter

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