Cooke Optics launches a new addition to the Varotal/i FF family of lenses: a 19-40mm wide zoom

Cooke Optics has recently released a 19-40mm wide zoom in its Varotal/i FF range. The new lense joins the 30-95mm medium and 85-215mm long zooms that were launched at the end of 2021. It completes the Varotal/i FF series when offering broad focal length coverage for the majority of production needs.

The 40mm lens is the widest of the three Varotal/i FFs, and slightly lighter at 3.5kg with 30-95mm and 85-215mm lenses both weighing 4kg. As the widest zoom with suitable close focus of 320mm, this is an ideal lens for Steadicam work.

This spherical zoom series, on the company’s words, offers superb resolution, constant optical speed and minimal breathing throughout the range. As the rest of the family, the new release has the “Cooke look” with natural, flattering skin tone and character. It matches the Cooke S8/i FF (at T2.8) and S7/i FF prime lenses, enabling cinematographers to preserve their creative intent when switching between primes and zooms.

Tim Pugh, CEO, Cooke Optics, said, “We are immensely proud to complete the Varotal/i FF range with the new wide zoom. This cutting-edge series gives even more flexibility to creatives in choosing how to tell their stories, offering the Cooke Look in a zoom range to match our celebrated primes.”

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