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Cooke 20-120 pros and cons

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Hi all, if you've shot with this lens, what are your thoughts about it (good and bad)?

 

If anyone has a link to footage with this lens that they can share, I'd be interested to see it.

 

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Do you mean the Cooke 20-100 t3.1? If so, it's a lovely lens, built like a tank, and exhibits that 'swirly bokeh' that people seem to like so much once you get past around 85mm

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Giray - lady in the white dress ~ creepy. Not to get off topic but did you do a quick day for night shot there towards the end? BTW love that lens.

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One con might be the size of the image circle, which is only slightly larger than 28mm diameter at the wide end, just barely covering 1.78 in S35. The front rectangular mask sometimes needs to be removed so as not to vignette. It's a large and heavy zoom, definitely not hand-hold friendly.

 

Getting a bit old in the tooth, but mechanically very well made, and relatively easy to service.

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I wonder if there is any way to rehouse the lens into a lighter housing. This lens is so beautiful. We once did a test with the rear anamorphic dapter, absolutely gorgeous. 

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I've always thought this lens is not as fast as it claims, maybe due to yellowing glass elements. It looks to me around T3.5 in reality. It's quite good in terms of performance, a bit sharper than Speed Panchros indeed, with great flares, but needs 6x6 filters, bridge support and shows heavy geometrical aberrations at both ends (pincusion being very evident from 80mm to 100mm or so). Bear in mind it's hard to rent and not very practical these days of handheld shooting with Easy Rigs, etc. 

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