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And talking of the Himalayas..as we were.. #didyouknow.. Cooke lenses were also used to document the Mt. Everest expeditions in 1922 and 1924. Captain John Noel, the expedition's photographer, used a #NewmanSinclair camera, specially made by Mr. Newman, weighing 40 pounds. It's rigid frame construction was designed to hold 400 feet of 35mm film and a specially made 20 inch Cooke Series VIII f5.6 #Telephoto lens. A Cooke product catalog of 1930 said that the lens "made a fine reputation when they were used for motion pictures of the climbers from a distance of two miles." A letter to the company from Captain Noel in 1985 says that the highest station he reached at Everest was 23,000 feet and another was a rock ledge at 22,000 feet. He was able to get a "very clear view" of the signal sent to them at base camp number 3 "by Odell at No. 4 camp to tell us of the death of Mallory & Irvine, last seen ascending only 600 feet from the very top of #Everest then hidden by the driving snow." Twenty-nine years later, Tom Stobart, official #filmmaker for John Hunt's Mt. Everest Expedition with #SirEdmundHillary, achieved 35mm standards of quality while shooting "Conquest of Everest" entirely with 16mm #Cookelenses.
Read more about this & the fascinating history of #Cookelenses from the 1923 Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York (Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth) to the sunken deck of the ocean liner Lusitania in World War 1 read more about the Cooke history here www.cookeoptics.com/t/history.html