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#1 Alex Hall

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 10:26 PM

In my recent reading of American Cinematographer, I have noticed that alot of cinematographers were using the Cooke S4 Primes. I was wondering what made these lenses so appealing and what they have over other prime lenses.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 11:28 PM

They are well-built, low-flare, low-distortion modern lenses but less contrasty, less snappy, than Zeiss lenses. Some people feel that this makes them more natural, less clinical, and more flattering for faces. "Rounder" is one word that comes to mind. Or you could just say that they look softer than Zeiss lenses... but certainly sharp by any standard.
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