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Irix has Officially Entered the Cinematic Lens Market!

The Irix USA team is proud to finally announce that cinematographers will be able to take advantage of Irix’s proven optical and mechanical quality with the introduction of the brand-new Cine line!

The first lens in the lineup will be a 150mm 1:1 macro, based on the same optics as the incredibly well-received 150mm macro Dragonfly digital camera lens. It comes with even more amazing features, including a SOny E-mount!

We expect this to be the beginning of a wealth of innovations for the video and cinema photography industries. Here’s the official press release from Irix:

Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1

…into the art of cinematography

IRIX, known for high mechanical and optical quality, proudly presents the 150mm T 3.0 macro 1:1 – the first of a new cinematography line of full-frame sensor lenses.

Irix 150mm T3 macro cinema lens

The new line of Irix Cine Lenses is created in close cooperation with professional filmmakers; their ideas and suggestions were an important factor in the design process. The designers’ earlier experience in the field of photography led us to create new and better solutions for the Irix Cine products.

Irix Cine lens 150mm 1:1 macro

Proven optics

The Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 is the first lens in a new line of full frame sensor cinema lenses, ready for 8K UHD. Its complex optical system is based on the same optical layout used in the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1. The lens consists of 12 optical elements arranged in 9 groups, four of which are high refractive index (HR) glass, and three low-dispersion glass (ED). Because of these elements, this lens offers superb resolution, nearly zero chromatic aberration and has almost no visible distortion (as low as 0,1%). 

The optical system is equipped with an internal focusing system. The lens was designed to have as little focus breathing as possible.

Refined mechanics

In the eyes of a camera operator, a robust and rugged housing is of major importance. Irix is known for fine mechanical construction, and in the Cine line we pushed this even farther, focussing on superb operation ergonomics and a high-precision mechanism. Quiet and smooth rotation of the focus ring was achieved thanks to the new MST lens positioning system – created specially for the Irix Cine line. The Multi-Start Thread mechanism, in combination with a sealed housing, ensures durable and long-term operation of the lens in various atmospheric conditions, even in the most demanding situations. The rotation angle of the focus ring is increased to 270 degrees, which makes precise focusing easy and accurate at any range. The lens will be available with both metric and Imperial markings.

Strict attention has been paid to the aperture mechanism in these optics, where eleven iris blades with rounded edges create great bokeh and sharpness. The Irix Cine 150mm also significantly reduces diffraction when filming at low aperture settings. The de-clicked aperture ranges from T3.0 to T32. The aperture ring rotates 75 degrees.

Irix 150mm 1:1 macro Cine lens

Unique design and well thought-out ergonomics

The Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 lens stands out for its great ergonomics and design. The side edges of the focus gear-rings are shielded by a special ring, providing a larger area for better manual handling – while still compatible with follow-focus systems. More information about the Adaptive Ring System will be provided in the near future. The markings on the lens are laser engraved and treated with UV fluorescent paint, to improve readability in low light conditions.

Prepared for all weather conditions

The Irix Cine 150 mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 has been designed as a versatile tool in the hands of a filmmaker, built to withstand various weather conditions. The housing is equipped with several seals to create a barrier for dust, rain and accidental splashes of water. The sealed construction ensures the safety of both the optical lens system and the camera sensor.

Innovation as standard

Exceptional functionality and innovative solutions are a distinctive feature of all Irix products. This lens has been equipped with a unique Magnetic Mount System for accessories. The MMS system allows quick and easy attachment of a variety of dedicated accessories. The first of the new MMS accessories is the detachable and reversible lens hood included with the lens. More accessories are coming soon.

Created to be part of the cinema gear family

Creating innovations doesn’t mean we resign from the industry standards. We know how important compatibility with other accessories is for a filmmaker. Irix Cine lenses have a standardized front diameter of 95mm for matte boxes, an 86mm front filter thread, unified distance between gear-rings within the whole family range (future developments), standardized 0.8 pitch gears, unified angles of rotation, and similar weight. The Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 lens is equipped with a removable support foot with a 1/4 thread, which stabilizes the lens when using a follow focus system, and protects the camera mount. The support foot can be attached on the bottom or top of the lens for convenience.

Irix cinema lens

Available camera mounts

The new Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1, as well as future Irix Cine lenses, will be offered in the following mounts: Canon EF, Sony E, MFT and PL.

Price and availability

The price and availability of the Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 lens will be announced shortly.

Written by Dana Crandell

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