The growing demand for vintage Cooke Speed Panchro lenses from the 1920s to 1960s prompted us to introduce a modern redesign of the vintage classic. We are pleased to introduce Cooke Panchro/i Classic, T2.2 to T3.2 Prime lenses.
Our new Pancho, that is true to the original look of the now legendary Speed Panchro, recreates the same look and feel of the original with the advantage of modern glass mounted for today’s cameras. And, the new lenses come equipped with /i Technology for frame by frame digital information capture, as do all modern Cooke cine lenses for film and digital capture.
The original Cooke Speed Panchro, designed by Horace W. Lee in the 1920s, was a cine prime lens that chromatically enhanced an image when filming under restricted illumination. Cooke Speed Panchros combined a relative aperture as wide as f2.0 with an angular field of view and definition previously impossible with much smaller apertures. They quickly gained a worldwide reputation for quality cinema production and were widely used throughout the 20th century.
Available in focal lengths: 18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 40, 50, 65 MACRO, 75, 100, 135,152mm.
Angular Rotation of Iris Scale
Min. Marked Object Distance
Close Focus from Lens Front
Angular Rotation to MOD Endstop
Max. Diagonal Angle of View for Super 35 Format
Length from Front of Lens to Lens Mount
Max Front Diameter
Maximum Format Cover
18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 27mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm: 31.1mm diameter (Super 35mm format) / 65mm (MACRO), 75mm, 100mm, 135mm, 152mm: Full Frame
Two opposing focus scales - metric or footage. Scales marked from infinity to MOD
Focus Drive Gear
140 teeth 0.8 metric module x 6.0mm wide x 105mm from image plane
Two opposing linear T-scales - whole and third stops marked
Iris Drive Gear
134 teeth 0.8 metric module x 4.0mm wide 83mm from image plane
Internal Front Fitting Filter
Internal thread for filter adapter M105 x 0.75 pitch
Panchro Classic Main Features
The optics are designed to give maximum performance at full aperture with superior control of flare, distortion and spherical aberration.
Accessible via contacts in PL mount that sync with /i compatible cameras.
All Panchro/i Classic prime lenses are colour balanced, colormatched and compatible with Cooke 5/i, S4/i, miniS4/i and Anamorphic/i.
T2.2 to T22 except 18mm, 100mm and 152mm.
Every index mark is labelled. More detailed markings allow for more detailed focus control.
Our Academy Award® winning cam-style focus movement coupled with the added benefit of a large lens barrel diameter, has allowed for an increased number of focus markings, particularly at close focus. Spherical aberration has been controlled throughout the range of focal lengths to eliminate compensation of changes in back focus with aperture. A four-point contact bearing provides a smooth positive backlash-free movement.
Cooke Hardened PL Mount with /i Technology contact.
Large, clear numerals on both sides of the focus barrel benefit the focus puller when shooting under difficult lighting conditions.
All Cooke Panchro/i Classic primes have a common fixed front diameter of 110mm.
A scratch resistant PTFE hard anodised finish is provided on all Cooke lenses, providing a durable, hard-wearing surface to meet the most demanding environmental conditions.
A nine-leaf linear module iris assembly is fitted into Panchro/i Classic primes.
The lenses are designed for all shooting applications, including handheld and Steadicam, providing comfortable balance ratio with the latest compact cameras.
Reliability and Service
Panchro/i Classic primes lenses are designed to meet a market requirement for fully reliable performance with a minimum of downtime.