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Cooke Varotal 18-100mm T3

Cooke Varotal 18-100mm T3

Manufacturer Cooke


This classic zoom lens from Cooke offers vintage qualities including softness and subtle vignetting at the edges of frame, characterful bokeh and interesting flaring. The zoom ranges covers wide, mid and long focal lengths in the one lens and has a consistent T/3 throughout the range.

Focal Length ApertureClose focusFront DiameterWeight
18-100mmT373cm | 2'4"150mm6.24 Kg


  • PL Mount
  • Super 35
  • T/3
  • Close Focus 2’4”
  • Vintage Qualities
  • 150mm front diameter
  • 6.24kg weight

The Cooke 18-100mm Varotal T3 is a classic Cooke zoom lensed released in 1987. It’s a legendary industry standard zoom lenses. The 18-100mm offers flexibility with an amazing close focus of 2′ 4″, making it very versatile for narrative, table top, and portrait work. The lens is designed for Super 35 sensor a sensor size and with the use of an expander can be used with full frame cameras (though you would lose two stops). With a solid build and ergonomic design, it’s organic and sharp without feeling harsh while naturally emphasizing skin tones. 

This lens makes fantastic images, and there’s a reason half the films of the 20th and 21st centuries have been shot with Cooke lenses. Also worth noting, the 18-100 pairs really well with the popular vintage Cooke Speed Panchros, having similar color and contrast.

Legendary, Acadamy Award wining DOP, Roger Deakins is said to be a fan of this lens and is quoted as saying “I would judge the Cooke 18 – 100mm as one of the very best zoom lenses. When I carry a zoom, which admittedly is not that often, it is usually this lens.”

Other Cooke lenses available to hire from Shift 4

Cooke Anamorphic Lens Set

Cooke S4/i Lens Set

Cooke S4 Mini/i Lens Set

Cooke Panchro/i Classic Lens Set

To hire Cooke Varotal 18-100mm lens pleas email [email protected]

Hire a Cooke Varotal 18-100mm T3 from us and you’ll find the following included:

  • Cooke Varotal 18-100mm T3 Zoom
  • Lens Caps
  • 19mm Lens Support

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