The news all you loyal Irix fans have been waiting for is here. Yes, there will be a 45mm lens for still photographers – and soon! We’re pleased to be able to share the long-awaited announcement.
Since the Cine 45mm was added to the lineup, our followers have asked whether a still version would be added for photographers who don’t need the cinema-specific features. We can now proudly verify that this gap-filling focal length will soon be available, and in our innovative Dragonfly finish! Here are the details, straight from the official press release:
Smooth Bokeh | Fast Aperture | Classic Focal Length
The Irix 45mm f/1.4 is a compelling alternative to 35 and 50mm focal lengths, thus providing a creative option for all fans of “normal” lens photography.
Whether you’re a professional photographer looking for the right lens for the job or an amateur looking to fill a gap in your focal lengths – the Irix 45mm F/1.4 is the lens for you!
The Irix 45mm f/1.4 provides full-frame coverage of Nikon, Canon, and Pentax DSLR sensors.
Irix 45mm f/1.4 main features:
- Smooth bokeh
- Fast f/1.4 aperture
- Internal focusing
- Weather-resistant construction
- Aperture control straight from the camera
- In-camera focus indication support
- Semi-automatic modes (PASM) support
- All exposure parameters are saved in EXIF data
- 50-degree field of view
- Focus Lock ring
Looking for a new lens with a classic focal length for your camera? Defy all the standards! A 45mm focal length lets you look at the world differently. What’s more, the fast, f/1.4 aperture will let you get more creative. The Irix 45mm f/1.4 was designed to create sharp images, even wide open. The aperture is controlled by 9 curved diaphragm blades, ensuring that the out-of-focus area (bokeh) stays smooth and pleasant to the eye.
Sharpness of the Irix 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly
Test results on the Full Frame Canon 5DsR (50.6 M-pix / 8688×5792 pixels):
➡️ Maximum resolution in the center of the image: 77.65 lpmm
➡️ Maximum resolution in corners: 65.75 lpmm
Build Quality – DRAGONFLY
- Strong internal construction based on metal components
- Anti-scratch finish
- Anti-slip rubberized focusing ring with a special notch
- Engraved markings filled with UV reactive paint
- Superior dust and moisture protection
- Includes a convenient hard case
At Irix, we follow the principle that a lens is not just a tool for photography. The entire process of creating a photo is greatly influenced by the joy of using lenses. That’s why we pay attention to the design and ergonomics for Irix products.
The Dragonfly finish is the perfect blend of strong metal components and lightweight composite materials. In addition to its rugged construction, the lens is also weather sealed at crucial points, for worry-free use in all environments and weather conditions. Its internal focusing mechanism means it keeps its compact size as you concentrate on the shot.
Due to the excellent response from Irix shooters to the focus ring we designed for the Irix 150mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro lens, we incorporated a similar one in our Irix 45mm f/1.4 lens. After extensive testing, we have developed a material that provides excellent durability and resistance to weather conditions and which, combined with special embossing, provides outstanding comfort. You’ll find that the “feel” of the hand position on the ring makes focusing even easier.
The Focus Lock feature allows you to lock the focus ring in a specific position. This is especially important for landscape photos and repetitive shooting as well as when you want to keep a specific distance from the subject (ie. In-studio or on the street).
Ready to shoot in any weather
The best lenses must provide ease of use in all lighting and atmospheric conditions. The Irix 45mm f/1.4 provides for this with laser-engraved focus and aperture markings, filled with UV-reactive paint. This innovation makes them readable even in low-light conditions. Irix weather sealing also assures the reliability of our lenses, protecting the lens interior and the camera sensor from dust and moisture, regardless of the environment and weather.
The Irix 45mm f/1.4 lens is available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K mounts.
The retail price for the US is $695 and the lens is available through our sales channels as well as through our official resellers.