(Photos are of my actual lenses)
No other lens has the beautiful and unique look of vintage Cooke Speed Panchros. They are known for how well they render faces, and for their painterly quality. These are the lenses responsible for the term "The Cooke Look." They are as sharp as you need a lens to be, but with a flattering softness. They have a gentle focus roll-off, are just a little warm and have in my opinion the perfect amount of barrel distortion. These are often the lens of choice for shooting close-ups of faces. These lenses will immediately give your project a unique look, and make it stand out from the pack.
It's important to remember not all sets of rehoused Cooke Sped Pacnchros are the same. Since these lenses can be 60 or more years old, they can have issues with fungus, haze or yellowing over time. My set is is optically and mechanically pristine and color matched.
TLS has taken these legendary 1940s/1950s optics and placed them inside of modern precision housings that were built to last a lifetime. Anyone familiar with Cooke S4s will immediately see that TLS has basically taken that mechanical recipe and applied it to the Speed Panchros. With no backlash in the focus movement, zero image shift and smooth transition of the optical unit within the lens housing, the TLS re-housing has set the bar for rehoused lenses.
I searched for quite a while to find the best set of Cooke Speed Panchro donor lenses I could. The optics of my set are all in pristine condition, they match in color and contrast and none have any issues with "yellowing" (an occurrence in lenses of this vintage, where the glass actually becomes yellow over time). Gavin from TLS said about my set of Panchros, "In our opinion this is certainly one of the best sets we have ever come across!" Considering TLS has rehoused over 50 sets of Panchros, I think that says a lot about the quality of this set.
In 1991 Darius Khondji shot DELICATESSEN on Cooke Speed Panchros. More recently MR. TURNER and CAROL were shot using TLS rehoused Panchros.
18mm T2.2 CF 8″ 2 lb
25mm T2.2 CF 7″ 2 lb
32mm T2.3 CF 9″ 2 lb
40mm T2.3 CF 13″ 2 lb
50mm T2.3 CF 15″ 2.5 lb
75mm T2.3 CF 2.4ft 2.75 lb
100mm T2.8 CF 2ft 3.5 lb
Mount - PL
Front Diameter - 110mm
Coverage - Super 35
Speed Panchro Prime Lens Set
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