|2000s : and Beyond|
In 2000, Cooke Optics Limited won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the Cooke S4 35mm Prime lenses.
In 2001, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, awarded Cooke two Queen's Awards; one for Enterprise - International Trade and one for Innovation. The Export Times and Trade Partners presented Cooke with their 2001 Exporter of Year award and 2001 Product Innovation award.
In 2002, the first Cooke lens made for large format photography in 50 years is designed and made in Leicester. The new Cooke Portrait PS945 lens for 4x5 format photography is a modern reproduction of the vintage Pinkham & Smith Company's Visual Quality Series IV lens. The first lens of its type is a 229mm, f/4.5. serial no. 0001 is auctioned at Christie's in South Kensington, London on July 16, 2002 to the highest bidder for 3500 GBP. One hundred lenses were made during the first production run. In 2009, Cooke Optics began a second production run.
Cooke Portrait PS945 Lens for Large Format Photography.
In 2003, Cooke launched the Cooke Series XVa Triple Convertible lens for 8x10 large format photography. This was a modern redesign of the classic Cooke Series XV Triple Convertible from the 1940s, a lens that became popular with Group f/64 members, like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, for capturing sharp, “straight” images. The original Series XV maintained its popularity into the 21st century amongst collectors and photographers. Cooke’s modern redesign of the classic Series XV maintained the original three focal lengths and format of the original XV while adding a new feature: combine two lens sets for five possible focal length combinations. In 2009, Cooke began a second production run.
Cooke Series XVa Triple Convertible Lens
In February 2005, Cooke developed “ /i” Technology and began incorporating the digital protocol into every S4 Prime lens made from that date. Cooke's /i "Intelligent" Technology enables both film and digital cameras to automatically record key lens and camera data for every film frame, which can then be provided digitally to post-production teams to streamline processes and save time and cost.
In 2007, Cooke introduced Cooke SK4 Prime lenses for 16mm/Super16. The 6, 9.5 and 12mm wide angle T2.0 lenses were designed as an adjunct to the S4 range of 35mm lenses for shooting in 16mm/Super16.
In 2009, at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Panchro by Cooke range of 35mm lenses were announced. The T2.8 prime lenses were designed to provide a smaller, lighterweight and lower cost option for professional film makers without compromising optical quality or the “Cooke Look.” Offered in six focal lengths, 18, 25, 32, 50, 75 and 100mm. All lenses are /i Techology equipped.
Panchro by Cooke
In September 2009, at IBC in Amsterdam, Cooke announced the 5/i T1.4 Prime lenses in focal lengths 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100 and 135mm. For the 5/i, Cooke’s designers developed and incorporated a novel illuminated iris ring into its fastest lens designed to date. All lenses are /i Technology equipped.
Cooke 5/i T1.4 Prime Lens