Cooke launches SP3 range of low-budget full-frame cine lenses for mirrorless cameras

Sep 5, 2023

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Cooke launches SP3 range of low-budget full-frame cine lenses for mirrorless cameras

Sep 5, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Legendary Hollywood lens maker, Cooke Optics, has announced a new line of full-frame “SP3” cine lenses (buy here) for Sony E mount mirrorless users. The lenses have a maximum aperture of T2.4 and feature an interchangeable mount.

The lenses appear to be only available for Sony E mount at the moment, although Canon RF, Leica L and Leica M options will be coming in the future. They also cost about a third to a fifth of typical Cooke lens prices.

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T2.4 aperture throughout the range

The new Cooke SP3 lens series comprises five focal lengths of lens covering a decent range. The shortest focal length is 25mm (buy here), and the longest is 100mm (buy here). In between, you’ve got 32mm (buy here), 50mm (buy here) and 75mm (buy here). All five lenses feature a fairly bright T2.4 aperture.

All of the lenses are quite compact. And this isn’t just by Cooke’s standards, but cine lenses as a whole. Cooke’s clearly seen a market in the mirrorless sector, likely as a result of other manufacturers also releasing compact cine primes for mirrorless cameras, and they’ve decided to tackle it, too.

That’s probably not the only factor in Cooke’s decision to pursue small cine primes. I expect customer feedback has also played a large part. Drone use in Hollywood movies is becoming quite commonplace. If filmmakers are using Cooke lenses on the ground, they’re going to want lightweight versions to send up into the air, too.

Cooke SP3 – Easy swappability

While each of the lenses in the Cooke SP3 series are fairly close to each other in terms of size, they’re not identical. The MOD 0.8 focus and aperture rings, however, are in the same place in each of the lenses, allowing you to swap them out easily without having to reconfigure your entire rig.

The focus rings on all five lenses have a rotation of 160° from minimum focus distance to infinity. They also all have an aperture iris ring rotation of 78°. So if you’re using motors to adjust your focus and aperture, there may be no need to recalibrate between lens swaps.

With the exception of the 100mm lens, they all feature 58mm filter threads, letting you swap your filters easily between them. The 100mm, though, has a 77mm filter thread.

Low-budget, but not for everyone

For some people, these won’t be considered as being all that low budget. This is especially true when you’ve got companies out there producing cine zoom lenses for $3K and primes for less than a grand. But compared to Cooke’s usual prices, they’re very inexpensive.

Cooke lenses typically command an extremely high price. It isn’t unusual to see them for sale at $35,000 or more per individual lens, and some can reach as high as £60,000. For the new Cooke SP3 series, however, you can buy the entire set of five lenses for less than $22K.

Despite their much lower-than-usual pricing, though, they’re still Cooke lenses. So, they’re still going to be outstanding lenses for anybody who chooses to invest in them.

Cook SP3 Specs

Cooke SP3 25mm T2.4Cooke SP3 32mm T2.4Cooke SP3 50mm T2.4Cooke SP3 75mm T2.4Cooke SP3 100mm T2.4
Focal Length25mm32mm50mm75mm100mm
Max apertureT2.4T2.4T2.4T2.4T2.4
CoverageFull-frameFull-frameFull-frameFull-frameFull-frame
Image Circle43.3mm43.3mm43.3mm43.3mm43.3mm
Minimum Focus Distance13.9cm22.3cm39.4cm68.9cm66.3cm
Focus Throw160°160°160°160°160°
Iris Throw78°78°78°78°78°
Filter Thread58mm58mm58mm58mm77mm
MountSony E (interchangeable)Sony E (interchangeable)Sony E (interchangeable)Sony E (interchangeable)Sony E (interchangeable)
Dimensions64 x 98mm64 x 94mm64 x 94mm64 x 98mm124 x 82mm
Weight575g520g500g520g690g

Price and Availability

The new Cooke SP3 series of lenses is available to pre-order now for $4,500 each in 25mm, 32mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm focal lengths. Bought separately, that works out to $22,500 for the entire set. If you want to save yourself a little money, though, you can pre-order the complete set for $21,375.

As mentioned, the lenses are currently only available in Sony E mount, but they feature user-interchangeable mounts. Canon RF, Leica L and Leica M mounts will become available at some point in the future.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Cooke launches SP3 range of low-budget full-frame cine lenses for mirrorless cameras”

  1. Jacopo Abbruscato Avatar
    Jacopo Abbruscato

    I don’t need to open the link to know we mortals and Cooke have a very different idea of “low budget”

    1. Khurshid Samarqandiy Avatar
      Khurshid Samarqandiy

      Jacopo Abbruscato I had to cut my read short and leave the page urgently after seeing the “affordable, budget” price 😜😂