Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS)

No lenses exemplify “The Cooke Look” better than these vintage Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS). Rehoused by TLS in the UK, they offer the beauty and organic, painterly look of Cooke Speed Panchro optics in a housing whose fit, finish and mechanics very closely resemble that of Cooke’s modern Cooke S4/i lenses.

Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS) Soft images and low contrast like the  Cooke S4/i. Cover new digital sensors as RED, ARRI, SONY and others cameras use, delivering images with a realistic and organic look.

  • Basic Set: 18mm to 75mm
  • Extra lens: 100 – 152mm
  • Mount: PL
  • Top aperture: T2.3 | T3.7
  • Focus ring rotation: 300º
  • Front diameter: 80mm | 110mm

The Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS) are one of the most charming vintage glasses available nowadays. When they first came out, they were a real game-changer on the high end cine lens market since they were by far the fastest lenses available back then. Even though they were first issued in 1930 they still give outstanding performances with today’s super35 digital sensors.

The Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS) set is the combination of various series and designs of the Speed Panchro serie that evolved along the years. In the S2 version, improvements of the optical performance were made and the 100mm T 2.8 was launched. Four years after the 152mm T 3.7. The set was completed with the S3 serie, with improved wide angles that had no vignette on the 35mm format such the 18mm and the 25mm.

The full set is composed by 8 focal lengths, covering a range between 18mm up to 152mm, keeping the same 80mm front diameter along the whole set, excluding the 152mm with a front diameter of 110mm. The aperture is constant until the 75mm (T 2.3) T 2.8 for the 100mm and T 3.7 for the 152mm.

The Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS) set an example for future designs and look of the British brand. Featuring smooth images and warm colour tones, they are the ideal choice for portraits. They also deliver a very reduced contrast and react nicely to direct light entrances. They don’t have noticeable problems with aberrations, both chromatic and geometric.

One of the things that make the difference between them and the new Cooke series is the possibility to use them wide open. The Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS) were designed to be used somewhere around T 4, so it is not recommendable to use them wide open, because they show a noticeable loss of definition.

Lately several rehousing of these sets have been made, with different features or front diameters. PS Technik (80mm) lighter and more compact or True Lens Services (110mm), more similar to the Cooke S4/i design.

Despite their great success, the British brand stopped their production and during 30 years focused on variable primes. In 1998 Cooke launched the S4 with similar features but with several improvements, first of all the top aperture of T 2

These lenses give the classic “Cooke look”, “a sharp, subtle, smooth rendering that provides dimensionality and high contrast, and pleases the eye”.

The Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS) were used by Kubrick, Cassavetes, and many other Hollywood directors.

They give the classic “Cooke look”, “a sharp, subtle, smooth rendering that provides dimensionality and high contrast, and pleases the eye”. The look has also been described as “warm and romantic”. So if you’re looking for that beautiful classic film look, the Cooke Speed Panchro S2/S3 (TLS) will not let you down.

This Cooke Speed Panchro set rental includes the following lenses:

  • Cooke 18mm Speed Panchro S3 TLS PL T2.2
  • Cooke 25mm Speed Panchro S3 TLS PL T2.3
  • Cooke 32mm Speed Panchro S2 TLS PL T2.3
  • Cooke 40mm Speed Panchro S2 TLS PL T2.3
  • Cooke 50mm Speed Panchro S2 TLS PL T2.3
  • Cooke 75mm Speed Panchro S2 TLS PL T2.3
  • Cooke 100mm Deep Field Panchro TLS PL T2.8