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Cooke mechanical reliability - similarities to TLS

Alex Waugh

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Hi folks,

I'm looking at investing in another set of lenses and have my eye on a TLS rehouse. I know that some of the engineering comes from a Cooke background, as do some of the lens techs.

Anecdotally, a rental house near me has had a lot of issues with their Cooke glass, constantly needing service and jamming intermittently. These range from S4s to new Panchro Classics and Anamorphics. I was of the understanding that Cooke mechanics were in the Ultra Prime "set and forget" category but am perhaps misinformed.

What experience do you all have with Cooke reliability in the field and service requirements? Does TLS have similar needs or are they far more different than i'm giving them credit for?

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