We have covered Irix in the past so you know that I am super excited to be able to share with you their newest lens. The Irix 30mm T1.5 Cine is an absolute beast in the field and is objectively a beautiful lens. Check out this video we made with a bunch of test shots.
Irix has today officially announced their new 30mm T1.5 cine lens for Canon EF, Sony E, Arri PL, Micro Four Thirds, Canon RF, Leica L and Nikon Z mounts. Oh yeah, they’ve gone all out on the compatibility with this one. This brings the total Irix cine lens collection up to five, including the 11mm T4.3, 15mm T2.6, 45mm T1.5 and 150mm T3 macro.
Irix says that the lens is designed specifically for shooting with Ultra HD 8K cinema cameras and includes three extra-low dispersion elements, 2 high reflective elements and one aspherical element. They say it also offers virtually no focus breathing – which is what you want in a cine lens.
Well, that was a surprise. We knew Irix had a fast medium format lens on the way because they released a teaser a couple of days ago. But it turned out to be faster than the teaser suggested – only hinting at an aperture of at least f/2.8. We thought it was going to be something new and shiny, but it seems that all they’ve done is stick a GFX mount on their existing 45mm f/1.4.
This isn’t a bad thing, however, as it’s still the fastest aperture native mount lens available for the Fujifilm GFX system. Although it does raise some questions. Like, if the 45mm f/1.4 had such a large image projection circle, how come the original version for DSLRs couldn’t offer any kind of tilt-shift capability? And isn’t it cheaper to just get a DSLR version and a lens adapter for GFX?
Well, this is an odd one. Instead of continuing their full-frame lineup and adding to their existing range of 11mm, 15mm, 45mm and 150mm lenses, it appears that lens manufacturer IRIX has decided to take a break and has chosen to pursue medium format.
A new teaser video was posted to the Irix YouTube channel, and while there isn’t really that much info there, the GFX logo is pretty unmistakable.
IRIX has launched its new range of Edge Magnetic Mount System (MMS) filters for use with IRIX Cine lenses. They’re available as either UV, CPL circular polarizer or neutral density in various strengths from 2-6 stops of reduction.
They’re designed to click right into the magnetic mount on the end of IRIX cine lenses to which you normally attach your lens hood. But they’re also stackable, meaning you can attach your hood right onto the end of them.
Irix has finally announced that their 11mm T4.3, 15mm T2.6, 45mm T1.5 and 150mm T3.0 Cine lenses are now available for Canon RF, Nikon Z and Leica L mount camera systems. Until now, these lenses had only been available in Canon EF, Sony E, Arri PL and Micro Four Thirds mounts. The Irix Cine lenses are based on their popular photography lenses, some of which we’ve reviewed here on DIYP before.
It seems like not too long ago we reviewed the Irix Cine 45mm, and we were blown away by the outstanding performance. Just a couple of months later, we managed to get one of the brand new Irix Cine 15mm T2.6. And Let me tell you, if this is the pace and quality of the lenses, Irix is a force to be reckoned within the industry.
Irix has recently expanded their cinema line of lenses by the addition of a new wide-angle lens, the 15mm T2.6. We have received one of the first batches of this lens, and we started putting it to the test. The results so far are very promising.
As of right now, IRIX has 3 Lenses in their cine-lens lineup. They have the 45mm T1.5, which we reviewed here, the 150mm T3.0, and their 11mm T4.3. With the addition of their new 15mm T2.6, we see that IRIX is slowly building quite the portfolio of lenses. At first, I wondered if the 15mm would maybe be a little too wide and close to the 11mm. However, after some thinking, I thought that this lens would have a lot of use-cases for super 35 and my Blackmagic P4k.
I’ve first seen the IRIX cine 45mm at PPE last year, when tradeshows were still a thing. On paper, it looked incredibly impressive for $1,200 so I was really hoping to take it for a spin. A few weeks ago, I got my hands on one and took it for a ride. TL;DR – The IRIX 45mm cine in an amazing deal for its price, with some nice features and a look that reminds me of the Zeiss CP.2 signature look.