Best Vintage Lenses Ever? Cooke Panchro Classics Overview

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

Brianbox was lucky enough to get one of the first sets of new Cooke Panchro classics in our shop recently.

The original Panchros are a legendary line of lenses with elements of their design dating all the way back to the 1920's! Today's DP's gush about them, they love their warm skin tones, the slight softness at the edge of the frame, and the way they can really draw the viewer's eye into the image. They aren't perfect and clinicial like moden lenses and have a character all their own.

The problem was that you finding high quality sets was always hard...and expensive. Cooke took notice at the resurgence in demand for old lenses, and release the old Panchro's anew - but this time with the added conveniences of modern lens housings, solid and reliable focus and iris rings, rugged build quality, uniform front diameters, etc.

Check out our video overview below to get a taste for the new lenses.

And as always if you want to rent them, Brainbox is your best source. Brainbox rents the Cooke Panchro Classics for $700/day or $2,100/week -