Before Irix officially announced their new Dragonfly 150mm f/2.8 macro lens at Photokina, they teased us with a few videos. Now, though, they’ve released pricing and release details. Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to get it in time for Christmas – at least, not if you’re in the USA.
Irix seems to have taken a change of direction from their previous 11mm f/4 and 15mm f/2.4 ultrawide prime lenses. They’ve now officially announced their new 150mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro lens. Designed for full frame Nikon F, Canon EF and Pentax K mount cameras, the 150mm f/2.8 Macro comes in a new “Dragonfly” finish, which they say combines the best of the previous Blackstone and Firefly designations.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new lens from Swiss lens company, Irix. In fact, while they’ve been adding a lot to their Edge filter system, we haven’t seen a new lens since Photokina 2016 when they showed off the 45mm f/1.4 – a lens that still doesn’t exist.
But it looks like they’re teasing a new one for an announcement at Photokina 2018, though. At least, that’s what these three short videos suggest. All we really know is that it’s called “Dragonfly”, but it might be a 150mm macro lens.
I’ve been a big fan of Irix lenses since I first had the chance to check out their then-new Irix 15mm f/2.4 in person at The Photography Show in 2016. Later in the year, they let me have a bit of a play with the Irix 11mm f/4 at Photokina later in the year. They’re both very impressive lenses.
The only potential issue with them, though, is that until recently, if you wanted lens profiles for these lenses in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom, you needed to download them yourself and install them manually. Now, though, Adobe have officially added lens profiles to support these lenses to CC.
Since the initial announcement of Irix’s new Edge filter series at PPE last year, the range has grown slowly but steadily. A new 15 stop neutral density filter, the Irix Edge ND32000 was announced just a couple of weeks ago, and today we got to see it in person during The Photography Show in Birmingham, England. We also got the chance to check out their new square filter holder, too.
The likes of B+W and Lee have pretty much dominated the strong neutral density filter market for the last few years. Both of their 10 stop NDs are excellent, and then Lee upped the game with their 15 stop Super Stopper. Now, Irix is expanding their new line of Edge filters with a 15 stop ND3200 screw-on neutral density filter.
When IRIX announced that they are making a new filter system, I was intrigued. I mean, IRIX is known for their prime lenses, and not for filters. But come to think about it, it makes sense. If you know how to produce good glass, and your userbase is landscape why not give them what they want, right? Right!
We met with Joost Wierenga from IRIX at PPE 2017 to walk us through that system. The Bad news, no pricing or availability yet. The good news, it looks like a sweet system that could add competition vs. the Cokin, Lee and NiSi V5 Pro 100mm filters. And competition means lower prices, better quality, and more innovation.
Irix, the Swiss lens manufacturers are branching out into new products besides lenses. The natural extension to lenses is filters. While Irix lenses do come with rear filter holders, you often need them on the front. Things like polarisers and graduated NDs are impossible to work with when sandwiched between the lens and body. So, to tackle this issue, Irix have today announced a new 100mm filter holder system.
The Irix IFH-100 is a dedicated adapter designed to hold 100mm wide filters. The filter is made of aluminium alloy, allowing for a compact size with a lot of strength. The front side of the filter is also lined with light absorbing fabric to prevent internal reflections. Irix have also announced a range of 100mm filters to go along with the new holder.
The Irix 11mm f/4 isn’t quite available yet, but the reviews have started coming in already. First mentioned at The Photography Show last year, it’s a much anticipated lens by landscape, architecture and astrophotographers looking to get ultrawide with full frame bodies. Depending on the brand of camera you’re using, this is the widest non-fisheye full frame lens you can get.
Last March, Irixi told us that they were working on an 11mm f/4 rectilinear lens. In September, DIYP even had the opportunity to play with one at Photokina. But now it’s official, the Irix 11mm f/4 is ready. An ultrawide rectilinear lens with very little distortion indeed, it’s a very impressive lens.
As with the Irix 15mm f/2.4, it’s available in two versions. There’s the premium Blackstone model, and the lower budget Firefly. Internally, the two versions are identical. The big difference between the two is the build quality. With the 11mm f/4, though, the Blackstone version also contains glow in the dark markings. Very handy for night time landscape shooters. No longer will you need to temporarily blind yourself with a flashlight or your phone’s LED to be able to see your settings.