Cooke S4i T2.0

Nearly half a century after they were introduced, the Cooke S2 and S3 prime lenses were still prized by cinematographers for their unique look. Cooke finally introduced the modern Cooke S4 primes which quickly became an industry standard with their warmth and gentle focus falloff that flatters faces gracefully

Cooke S4 have been used by countless major movie productions, and are the preferred choice for some of the world’s leading cinematographers. Cooke S4 optics offer superb optical and mechanical performance, control of flare, distortion, veiling glare and spherical aberrations at full aperture.

The cam-type focus mechanism allows for smooth focus adjustments. All S4i lenses feature the electronic /i technology which enables 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.

The technology streamlines both production and post, saving significant time and costs and eliminating guesswork, while enabling greater creative freedom. To coin the well-known phrase, get the Cooke look!

The COOKE S4I 6 Standard LENS SET Includes:

  • 18mm S4i T2
  • 25mm S4i T2
  • 35mm S4i T2
  • 50mm S4i T2
  • 75mm S4i T2
  • 100mm S4i T2


Single Lenses Available:

  • 135mm S4i T2


Award winning Cooke S4 Prime Lenses were designed and developed in close technical collaboration with industry professionals. Our set consists of 18, 25, 35, 50, 75 &100mm; and optional 135mm prime lens.

Cooke S4 optics offer superb optical and mechanical performance, control of flare, distortion, veiling glare and spherical aberrations at full aperture. The cam-type focus mechanism allows for smooth focus adjustments. Modular construction increases ease of maintenance and serviceability.

They have become a hugely popular lens for feature films, giving warm and pleasing skin tones alongside smooth contrast and a pleasant amount of sharpness. Cooke have been making lenses for over 100 years and their ‘Cooke Look’ has always been sought after by DP’s.

“What is the Cooke Look? Cooke’s have sharpness, a presence to the image, roundness, a feeling of giving depth and shape to the image. It’s sharp edge-to-edge but the image has more presence -a depth and shape that’s pleasing to the eye.”

After almost half a century from their first realize, the Cooke S2 and S3 were still very appreciated among cinematographers and directors for their unique look. When in 1998 Cooke gave us the new Cooke S4, they became an industry standard for their warmth colour wise, their soft definition and low contrast. Other key features are their colour delivery, outstanding on skin tones.

The Cooke S4i are the second generation of this series and feature the i-Technology for lens data system that gives director pf photography, camera operators and focus pullers crucial info on the lens settings such as the focus distance, the iris aperture, depth of field, hyperfocal distance, lens serial number, focal length and owner info.

The Cooke S4i T 2 deliver optimal performance, both mechanically and optically, together with an outstanding flare and optical aberration control when wide open. The focus ring has a special built for extra smooth focus racks, while their modular constitution makes maintenance easier.

There are 18 focal lengths available for the Cooke S4i  serie, covering a range between 12 and 300mm with an average weight of 1.8 kg.

The new S4 /i Technology can connect with the camera through their innovative Lens Data System. They are colour-matched and compatible with Cooke’s, 18-100mm T3.0 and 25-250mm T3.7, 15-40mm, T2.0 CXX zoom lenses and the SK4 16mm lenses. They deliver, thanks to their outstanding anti-flare layer and their engineering minimum distortion, veiling glare and spherical aberrations at full aperture.

Colour wise, they perfectly match with Cooke zooms 18-100mm T 3, 25-250mm T 3.7, 15-40mm T 2.0 CXX and the super16 S4.

The Cooke S4 prime lens is highly regarded as one of the most appealing cinematography lenses on the market. High build quality and a large range of focal lengths combine with their trademark soft warmth to form a lens that is the favourite of cinematographers the world over.

The Cooke S4i  Prime lenses are equipped with /i Technology. Cooke S4i  lenses are designed for all PL mounted professional motion picture film and electronic cameras. The /i Technology provides cinematographers and camera operators with vital information on lens setting, focusing distance, aperture and depth-of-field, hyperfocal distance, serial number, owner data, lens type and focal length in both metric and footage measurements.

The optics are designed to give maximum performance at full aperture with superior control of flare, distortion and spherical aberration

Accessible via contacts in PL mount that sync with /i compatible cameras

All Cooke S4i  prime lenses are colour balanced, colour-matched and compatible with Cooke 5/i, miniS4/i and Anamorphic/i

All Cooke S4i  primes have a true T2 aperture and cover Super 35mm format, apart from the 300mm (2.8)

Every index mark is labelled. More detailed markings allow for more detailed focus control

Cooke Hardened PL Mount with /i Technology contacts

Large, clear numerals on both sides of the focus barrel benefit the focus puller when shooting under difficult lighting conditions. Plus the Entrance Pupil position is engraved on the lens

Awards won by Cooke Lenses:

  • 1998 Cooke S4/i Technology Logo Lens Awards
  • 1998 Cinec Award for Technical Excellence, Germany
  • 1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award for Optical and Mechanical Design
  • 2000 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development
  • 2001 Two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – International Trade and Innovation, England
  • 2001 Winner, Exporter of the Year, 2001 International Business Award, Export Times and Trade Partners UK
  • 2001 Winner, Product Innovation, 2001 International Business Award, Export Times and Trade Partners UK
  • 2007 NAB2007 Premiere Product Award – S4/i System


For some great examples of how they look on camera, check out some of these films:

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