How does one make some of the best cinema lenses money can buy? It’s a surprisingly hands-on approach.
In this video from Kristian Hampton of Wex Photo Video, he shares a recent trip to the Cooke Optics factory in Leicester, England. The informational behind-the-scenes factory tour follows each step in the lens making process.
There are some interesting revelations that are shown here. For one, Cooke will opt for traditional machinery over high-tech CNC machines in the creation of some of their lenses. Also, they produce their lenses as made-to-order so that each lens in the set ordered have consistent properties. This process may not be the most efficient, but the world-class quality of their products speaks for itself on why they’ve chosen to work this way. And of course if you’re paying the price for a Cooke cinema lens, nothing less should be expected.
Cooke cinema lenses have been used on countless sets, from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” to “Game of Thrones,” and it’s very likely that your favorite movie or television series were shot with them. Now you know the level of detail behind every shot, even before “action” is called.