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Re: Eclair ACL c-mount v. nikon mount
Haven't heard that story , but having seen Gordon Cooke at work , I believe
When I worked at Technovision Cameras on Anamorphic lenses we had a problem
we could not resolve . Gordon came to see us , scratched his head , asked if
I had a pencil , scribbled some notes on a Cigarette packet , & went away
.About a week later a package arrived containing a little optical unit.
I bolted it on , & it worked!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wade Ramsey" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 8:25 PM
Subject: Re: Eclair ACL c-mount v. nikon mount
Les Bosher wrote:
>...Now , the other question regarding Cookes.
They are in most peoples opinions the best lenses that have ever been
I went to the factory some years ago & can vouch for the fact that
totally hand made , including grinding & polishing the Optics , on
of the century machinery....<
In connection with that, the late Ken Richter (Richter Cine Equip.,
auto collimator, EMP camera) told a story about Cooke. Years ago, BC
(before computers) he would on occasion visit a friend who was a lens
designer at Cooke. If I recall the story correctly, on one occasion
Ken told me he had a suggestion for an improvement on a lens design
and suggested it to the designer. The designer thought about it a
minute, wrote something on a piece of paper, then stepped briefly into
a nearby room. A few minutes later someone came out of the room and
handed him a note. He read it and told Ken that the idea might be
possible. Ken, curious about what was in this other room, asked to
look in. Inside were a number of desks with school boys seated,
working out mathmatical equations for the lens designers. These young
geniuses were Cooke's "computers"! I think this would have been in
the late '40s, early '50s.
Les, did you ever hear this?
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