View Full Version : GH1 with Cooke Speed Panchro 18mm Ser. III

08-21-2009, 07:23 AM

If anyone is interested in more boring footage of plants, fences and cars, take a look!

My 35mm cine lenses absolutely scream on this incredible camera; I am truly ecstatic for the future of this format, and can't wait to see what comes next!


Kevin Cartwright

Martti Ekstrand
08-21-2009, 08:25 AM
Awesome shoot of a front yard!

I guess you have the Hot Rod Camera PL adapter for the Cooke?

Gary Senda
08-21-2009, 08:30 AM
I guess you have the Hot Rod Camera PL adapter for the Cooke?

There's an Arri standard mount adapter too, that is a lot cheaper (150 USD)



08-21-2009, 08:34 AM

I am using the Arri Standard mount adapter from a guy named Hawkpeng in Taiwan. These lovely old Cookes predate the PL mount. They're not that expensive, really - and cover the M4/3 sensor perfectly.

Thanks for looking!

Rakesh Jacob
08-21-2009, 01:42 PM
First off, freaking beautiful. Secondly not boring at all!

In the description you said "Cooke Speed Panchro 18mm Ser. III at T 2.0, 1080i 24P, forgot the framerate..!"
Wouldn't the framerate be 24? Unless you ment shutter speed...

08-21-2009, 02:40 PM
Dang, if there is breathing I can't see it. Hurrah for Cine lenses!
I believe the III was the best of the old Arri standard mount lenses. You scored.
Would love to see the other focal lengths please.

08-21-2009, 05:32 PM
Johnny Cola: You are absolutely right, I meant shutter speed!

Dadoboy: The only other cooke I have is the 40mm, which is also excellent. It's a Ser. II.

I am currently sick, but when I'm back on my feet, I'll be shooting.

Take care!

Martti Ekstrand
08-21-2009, 05:39 PM
You too! Hope you get well soon! And I hope you understand I wasn't glib, I really liked to see how that wide lens looks on the GH1. Thanks for the info on the Arri adapter. Now if only such lenses were around on the second hand market on this side of the pond.

Hunter Hampton
08-21-2009, 06:58 PM
Those are great looking lenses- Im hoping to get me a set soon. The old cookes just have such a pleasing in-camera look to them.

J Davis
08-21-2009, 07:42 PM
Nice one Kevin

08-21-2009, 07:58 PM
Hey Martti, no problem! I would imagine that Cooke lenses may be acquirable in England (I think that's what you're referring to..?) After all, Cooke is an English company.

Rakesh Jacob
08-21-2009, 08:05 PM
get well soon, we need more badass videos to watch :)

Hunter Hampton
08-21-2009, 09:40 PM
.... After all, Cooke is an English company.

Not quite. After a long run of being bought out by Rank, Cooke was purchased by ZGC (USA) somewhere around 98', Then ZGC's cooke started to bring the S4's to market- basically brought the cooke brand back from the dead.

08-21-2009, 10:47 PM
That is something really special there. I've seen these going for pretty cheap. I have a feeling that there's going to be some happy discoveries over the next few months.... And people like myself, who ordinarily wouldn't consider this type of stuff, and or just rent... welll might be buying something that otherwise might be collecting dust somewhere.

08-22-2009, 08:52 PM
Can we see some pics of the GH1 with those lenses attached?

08-23-2009, 03:00 AM
Hi Kevin, thanks for the upload, i've posted a comment on Vimeo, but here it is again.

Do you have anyway to compare the stock lens to the panchros by taking a few raw/high res stills, ie. same f.stop, focal length for each. It would be interesting to see the, sharpness, colour rendition, corner softness difference etc. also if you have access to any fd's for comparison that would be great.

08-24-2009, 10:08 AM
You know a camera is good when it makes a fence look amazing. Panasonic needs to go ahead and release this camera already. Because my Japanese menu is killing me. Hopefully the retail price does not jump to $2000, do to how popular the GH1 has become. I'll buy 2 if it stays at $1499. Multi-camera shoots are fun in Final Cut Studio 3.

Chris Watson
08-24-2009, 10:14 AM
Hey Kevin,

Just wondering if there was any color grading in post or if this is what came out of the camera with that lens on? The color is so pleasing (aside from it being magic hour and all).

08-24-2009, 11:54 AM

Good point; I should mention that there was ZERO grading, tweaking or adjustment of any kind done to the footage.

I simply 'Log and Transfer'd out of FCP and threw it in the timeline.

Regarding side-by-side comparisons: this is something I've wanted to do since I got the camera together. I will certainly try to do this soon, and I'll of course post the results here.

DrCoffee (love the name!) I don't have any FD lenses to compare with, sorry about that...

ryan brown
08-27-2009, 08:30 PM
Wait... what mount does this lens have on it? and what adapter did you use?

No cropping or vignetting??

08-27-2009, 09:39 PM
Link to the adapter? Is Hawkpeng on eBay?

Martti Ekstrand
08-28-2009, 12:00 AM
For what it's worth I just read in American Cinematographer that Cooke are reintroducing the Panchros this autumn.


08-30-2009, 09:40 AM
Found this link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/STANDARD-STD-ARRI-ARRIFLEX-TO-LEICA-M-ADAPTER_W0QQitemZ320411378523QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLe ns_Accessories?hash=item4a9a01a35b&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14