Cooke Double Speed Panchro 2/28mm VistaVision 35mm Lens
RARE! One of only Four ever made! Made for VistaVision 35mm Movie Cameras!
More Details & History
There were only four ever made. They were made for VistaVision 35mm movie camera. There were only 30 of those cameras. This lens was very special. It has a pin cushion distortion instead of the normal barrel distortion that you would see from this generation of lenses. I think this would be a valuable lens for modern cinematography. It was built to higher tolerances than any of the earlier lenses. Certainly a far better lens than any of the Baltars that everyone is attempting to buy for high dollars today. I only know of only one other in existence. The lens was very expensive in its day. It was not a normal part of the lens kit. It had to be requested as a special rental. Those who know the VistaVision system know this lens.
Information from Taylor Hobson Cooke in London
"Here's some info about your lens:
"It was purchased by G.B. Kalee of London on July 7, 1956. I believe that they were a distributor/dealer for Cooke lenses at the time. The 28mm focal length you have there must have been a special order, because there is no literature available for that focal length or depth of field tables.
"The "Cooke Double Speed Panchro" I'm 99% sure means the lens was designed for VistaVision and Cinemascope. VistaVision was almost double (1.6x) the 35mm format negative size. The Series II lenses were developed for the wider screen format. The wide angle focal lengths had special optical issues to be corrected, so that was done and those became the Series III Speed Panchros, limited to the 18mm and 25mm focal lengths. You lens was not considered part of the Series III redesign, but was a special order, so may have been engraved "Double" instead of "III." This is conjecture until I find out otherwise!"