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Visit ZGC & Cooke Optics at NAB2014
April 8 - 11 Booth #C6143 & #C6144. Use our Guest Pass Code LV7387 to register. Offer expires March 21, 2014

Spring Meet-Up Event, Wednesday, March 19th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Join lenslends.com, Canon USA, and ZGC Inc. at our spring meet-up with Philadelphia Productions! RSVP.

Visit ZGC Inc at SIM Digital's Technology Showcase January 30th, 2014 in Toronto.

Come join the discussion. Les Zellan will present a look at the evolution and role of lens manufacturing in the motion picture industry at the Sony CineAlta Forum on Jan 9, 2014 6:30PM to 8:80PM. 55 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

Attend Out of Order Tour November 19, 2013 - a ZGC sponsored event!. Crowne Plaza Fairfield, 690 Route 46 East, Fairfield NJ 07004.

Les Zellan will present an interactive look at the history of lens design and manufacturing at Talamus Sales & Rental in Newton MA on Oct 15, 2013 6PM to 8PM.

ZGC is exhibiting at Broadcast & Cable 2013 on August 20 - 21.

Interact with Alex Buono at our June 20th ZGC sponsored Event! Register for The Art of Visual Storytelling at Crowne Plaza Fairfield, 690 Route 46 East, Fairfield NJ 07004.

Stop by ZGC's booth and say "hello" to Juergen Schwinzer at Telemundo Expo Cine Video 2013 in Mexico City, June 4-7, 2013.

Visit ZGC at Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles Booth #67 May 31 - June 2, 2013. Free Exhibit Registration until May 25th.


See Test Footage of the New Cooke Anamorphic/i Lenses on Vimeo

2K Cooke Anamorphic/i TEST FOOTAGE

2K version of London test footage can be downloaded from WeTransfer
2K version of Paris test footage can be downloaded from WeTransfer

/i Technology: software upgrade for all ALEXA cameras
Arri soon to release public software update 9.0 (after IBC) allowing any ALEXA camera to communicate with /i Technology lenses. (Check with Arri for latest updates.)

New Software Upgrade available for Arri Alexa XT Plus now supports Cooke's /i Technology. The new software provides direct lens metadata capture through contacts in the camera's PL mount. You can download the ALEXA XT software Update Packet 81. (ALEXA XT & XR Module Upgrades) and release notes here.

Alexa XT camera with Cooke 5i lens and /i Technology support

2013 NAB Cooke Optics interviews with Les Zellan

 interview with Les Zellan at NAB 2013

 interview witj Les Zellan at NAB 2013

 interview witj Les Zellan at NAB 2013

Cooke Optics and Thales Angenieux Announce Collaboration on Compatible Anamorphic Lenses - NAB 2013.
Two of the most esteemed names in the content creation industry, Cooke Optics and Thales Angénieux, today confirmed that their technical teams have worked together to share designs of their respective new anamorphic lenses. (more ....)

Cooke Anamorphic i Prime Lenses

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On February 9, 2012, Cooke Optics was awarded an Oscar statuette “for their continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of advanced camera lenses that have helped define the look of motion pictures over the last century. Since their first series of motion picture lenses, Cooke Optics has continued to create optical innovations decade after decade. Producing what is commonly referred to as the “Cooke Look,” these lenses have often been the lens of choice for creative cinematographers worldwide.”

Cooke Optics Academy Award group

Congratulations to Cooke Optics for their /i Technology!
Congratulations to all the 2012 Cinec Award winners.

Cinec Award winners 2012 including Cooke Optics

A Cooke Look Back - Timeline of Cooke Cine Lens History - by Barbara Lowry
"The recent surge of interest in Cooke Series II and III and other classic lenses suggested the time was right for this article. ..."

Cooke Look Back Timeline

The Newest F&D Times - Cooke Book - IBC 2012:

Cooke Book 2012

Canon introduces *NEW* CN-E15.5-47mm & CN-30-105mm T2.8 LS lenses to its line of Cinema Lenses

canon cinema lens review

*NEW* Canon Cinema EOS C100 Digital Video Camera

canon cinema eos c100 camera

Gemini 4:4:4 to Support Canon C500 RAW

gemini 4:4:4 & canon 4k raw

Dick Hobbs writes about Cooke Optics in tv-bay Magazine.

"Mastering a Tough Business".

mastering tough business-cooke-factory-tour

Timur Civan: "...shot on Cooke. Mix of iPanchros and 18-100 T3 Varotal. Yes .... that's Cookie Monster. :) It was the most fun day of work ever."

Cookie Monster video

Ryan Patrick O'Hara: "Silly little music video shot on Epic and Cooke Panchro/i primes. Must say, I love going into a color session not having to worry about matching lenses. The little CC that we did was easily transferable from one shot to the other because Cooke lenses match so well. No wasted time matching lenses, which makes the whole process take no time at all. Thanks Cooke/ZGC!"

Trapdoor Social Interia music video

Man and Beast - Shot exclusively with the Canon EOS C500 Camera

Man and Beast Canon EOS C500

F&D Times Cooke Book - NAB 2012:

Cooke Book 2012

2012 CineGear Expo Cooke Optics interview with Les Zellan by Production Hub TV

Les interview CG2012

2012 NAB SHOW Cooke Optics interview with Les Zellan by Production Hub

Production Hub interview of Les Zellan at NAB 2012

2012 NAB SHOW Cooke Optics interview with Les Zellan by Studio Daily

interview Les Zellan at NAB 2012

Check out this commercial filmed using Cooke Panchro/i lenses with uncoated front elements (minus the flashback scenes).

uncoated panchro commercial

ZGC is pleased to announce: MTF Services Ltd. awarded the seal of approvial by The Guild of Television Cameramen. The Award is for MTF's Nikon to Sony F3 lens adaptor, which allows the use of any Nikon mounted lens on the F3 camera. With this adapter, users can buy the camera body only and use their existing Nikon glass.

Mike Tapa receiving MTF Award

MTF Director Mike Tapa said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. MTF is a relatively new company with a small team so we are extremely proud that our work has been recognized by the Guild. The GTC Awards, sponsored by the Vitec Group, and in association with Zerb, were presented on 11 May 2012 in Birmingham as part of the Guild of Television Cameramen's 40th anniversary celebrations.”

Introducing the New Canon PPS Support Pack:

Canon Service Support Pack

ZGC welcomes Juergen Schwinzer to our team!

Juegen at NAB2012 picture

Robert Richardson, ADC Oscar Winner for Best Cinematography for Hugo. Congratulations on your well-deserved Oscar!

Bob Richardson picture

Canon C300 Equipment TIPs, Instructions, Firmware, Troubleshooting.
Best Practices for preparing the C300 for shooting

Canon Announcement
click here for more.

Welcome to our redesigned website!

We are so excited to launch our new website as part of our official 25th anniversary celebration. We’ve spent several months working on a new design and more intuitive organization of information and added some great features. We hope you like the new changes and welcome your feedback. One thing that we’re most proud of here at ZGC, other than our great prices, of course, is the knowledge and expertise of our staff. Those of you who know us, know we’re passionate about our products and stand behind them with attentive service. For the past few years, we offered our TIPs (Technical Information Platform) site where we posted videos and additional product information. People who access this site have told us that they really like the information they find there -- which is very rewarding for us! This led us to creating our new blog, so we can continue to share our knowledge and experience to an even larger audience. We’d love your feedback and appreciate your time. We’re here to work with you and to support you.

Check out the New Cooke Panchro and 5/i 135mm lenses. Purchase the 5/i 135mm Lens or the Panchro/i 135mm Lens to add to your set or buy the whole Panchro/i 6 Lens Set

ZGC Inc. attended Canon's press release in Los Angeles and we are very excited about Canon's new Cinema EOS C300 camera system!

Check out the Owner's Manual which is packed with information on the new camera.

Canon EOS C300 picture

NEW Cooke PANCHRO & 5/i Price List

Cooke 5/i Primes **T1.4**
Illuminated Focus Ring and /i Technology

Sensible Digital Cinema: The Cooke 5/i Primes from Inspiration Studios on Vimeo.

Martin Scorsese's new 3D movie, "Hugo" shot using all 3 families of Cooke lenses, 5/i, S4/i, Panchro/i.
First major movie using /i Technology (metadata) and Transvideo CineMonitorHD 3D View /i monitors.

If you aren't able to find what you need please give us a call at 973-335-4460 or email us at sales@zgc.com We carry many more items than you see on our website.

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