The Irix 150mm f/2.8 is coming in December and you can pre-order now

Nov 7, 2018

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The Irix 150mm f/2.8 is coming in December and you can pre-order now

Nov 7, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

  • Focal length: 150mm
  • Format: 35mm “full frame”
  • Mount: Nikon F, Canon EF, Pentax K
  • Max aperture: f/2.8
  • Min aperture: f/32
  • Field of view: 16° (diagonal)
  • Minimum focus distance: 34.5cm
  • Focus: Manual
  • Focus throw: 270°
  • Magnification: 1:1
  • Aperture blades: 11
  • Optics: 12 elements in 9 groups
  • Filter thread: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 87 x 135mm (without lens hood or tripod collar)
  • Weight: 840g

Irix says that the new lens includes a Neutrino coating to minimise ghosting and flare and improving colour and contrast. The first of a new breed of Dragonfly lenses, the 150mm f/2.8 has the lightweight ergonomics of their Firefly models with the magnesium housing durability found in their Blackstone lenses. It also offers the kind of weather and dust sealing we’d expect from Irix.

Designed for full-frame DSLRs, the new Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro is available in Nikon F, Canon EF and Pentax K mount flavours. It’s available to pre-order now for $595 through B&H and starts shipping on December 26th. So, even if Santa hasn’t left you a box under the tree on Christmas morning, you won’t have to wait too much longer.

If you’re in Europe, you might be able to get it a little sooner.  Irix says that it will be available in their own online store and through partners at the beginning of December for €595 (including VAT).

And for those who still can’t wait and want to check it out in person, Irix will have the new lens on display for visitors to have a play with at Salon de la Photo in Paris between November 8-12th.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “The Irix 150mm f/2.8 is coming in December and you can pre-order now”

  1. rifki syahputra Avatar
    rifki syahputra

    150mm has a good working range for macro / product shot
    and it’s also great for portraits
    price is tempting :)

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Yeah, definitely. I love my Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro, but sometimes feel I want something a little longer with a bit more working distance. I had been looking at the Nikon 200mm f/4, but this could be a great option, too, especially at this price.