Irix Announces First Cinema Lens, The Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1

Cine 150mm

Irix announced the company’s first Cinema lens, the Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 (Canon EF, Sony E, MFT, PL mounts).

Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 at a glance:

  • 11 rounded aperture blades
  • 12 optical elements in 9 groups (4 HR and 3 ED lenses)
  • Internal Focusing -MST focusing mechanism -Sealed in 5 crucial points
  • Rear element in a fixed position (anti-dust protection)
  • Detachable and reversible lens hood
  • Lens hood with magnetic lock
  • MMS – magnetic mount system (patent pending)
  • Standardized 0.8 pitch mod cine gears
  • 86mm front filter thread -95MM standardized front diameter for cine accessories
  • Precise laser engraved markings filled with UV reactive paint
  • Lens support with 1/4″ thread
  • Two-position detachable lens support
  • adaptive ring for follow focus system (patent pending)
  • Focus ring with 270° focus throw available with metric or imperial units
  • Aperture ring rotation 75°

Lens Maker Irix Reaches For The Stars, Literally

Irix

Lens manufacturer Irix announced the Irix 300 SR, a lens ready for outer space.

Press release:

Young photographic company Irix is reaching infinity…literally.

Irix, young company which successfully entered photography world just few years ago with innovative and properly designed products is reaching another level of evolution. Quality, durability and precision were always strong points of Irix. It has been just proven. Irix has been selected as cooperating company in exciting, high technology project.

Irix Team is proud to announce its participation in the project of the first Polish Earth observation satellite named Światowid. Nanosatellite equipped with the test platform of future Irix 300SR lens, on April 17, 2019, will be elevated to Earth’s orbit.

The collaboration between the manufacturer of Irix lenses and SatRevolution company began in mid 2017. The result of this collaboration is the first prototype of the Irix 300 SR experimental lens, which, combined with the camera installed in the Światowid nanosatellite, will provide the best possible quality of Earth’s images from space.

Irix 300 SR – the first Space Ready Irix lens

The technical requirements for the lens design were a real challenge for the Irix R&D department, as they included strictly defined optical parameters such as: focal length, f-number, optical resolution and very low level of optical aberrations. The design of the lens has to be also modular in order to provide the possibility of use with satellites equipped with cameras of a different resolution and specific diagonal size of the sensor. Such an optical system has to fit designed place for optical system in satellite’s construction. Maximum diameter, but what is more important in case of nanosatellites weight must be strictly controlled. (Światowid’s optical system limit is 300 grams / 0.66 lbs).

Very important for the success of the satellite’s mission are launching standards. Launching into orbit and working in open space is a complicated process. Extremely high standards of materials and technologies used must be fulfilled. The same requirements were applied to the Irix 300SR lens. Design and construction process must follow NASA guidelines for materials and technologies permitted for space flight. In other words, the Irix 300SR has to meet requirements much higher than lenses used on a daily basis by astronauts photographing from the board of the International Space Station.

Today’s launch is a first step in research project supported by EU funds (Polish National Centre for Research and Development). Irix R&D center in Poland for next several months will be preparing lens for next launch. Except optical performance which will be on highest level individual components of the lens as well as the complete lens will have to pass various tests. Among other things resistance to overload as well as mechanical and acoustic vibrations occurring during the launch of the rocket will be tested. The aging tests will verify the lens’ resistance to a wide temperature range of -50°C to 150° (-58°F to 302°F), UV radiation and extreme vacuum conditions.

Knowledge and technologies of this project will be used in other lenses and products intended for the “civil” photographic market. In other words, Irix product will become even better and more innovative.

Ready for the mission

The satellite Światowid with the test platform of future Irix 300SR lens onboard will be delivered to the International Space Station via the NanoRacks operator as part of the Cygnus NG-11 Commercial Resupply Service. The launch of Antares 230 rocket is planned for April 17, 2019 at 4:46 PM EDT (20:46 UTC) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops, Virginia (US).

Irix Team cordially invites you to visit the special website dedicated to Irix 300SR lens available at https://space.irixlens.com

We also invite you to visit the SatRevolution website at www.satrevolution.com, where you will find more details about the Światowid satellite project.


IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Gets An iF Design Award 2019

Irix 150mm F/2.8

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Neutrino Coating
  • 1:1 Magnification, 1.1′ Minimum Focus
  • Manual Focus Design with Focus Lock
  • Depth of Field and Focus Distance Scales
  • Dragonfly Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm

The IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens won an iF Design Award 2019. The IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro is available for $595 at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Press release:

Irix 150mm f/2.8 macro has received a world-renowned design prize

Baar, Switzerland, February 15, 2019

Although it’s only three years since Irix arrived on the world market, our team of international photographers – a team who established the Irix brand – are pleased to be the winners of one of this year’s iF PRODUCT DESIGN AWARDS, a world-renowned prize for design!

Therefore we are probably one of the youngest photographic companies that have received such an award and recognition from the world’s oldest independent design organization, the Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, a group which organizes the iF PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD.

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Irix Announce Irix Edge Light Pollution Filters

Irix Edge Light Pollution

Irix announced the availability of their Irix Edge Light Pollution Filters.

So far only prices in Euro are known

  • Irix Edge Light Pollution (SE) 67mm – €95
  • Irix Edge Light Pollution (SE) 72mm – €107
  • Irix Edge Light Pollution (SE) 77mm – €125
  • Irix Edge Light Pollution (SE) 82mm – €135
  • Irix Edge Light Pollution (SE) 95mm – €149

If someone knows who has these filters available for order, please let me know.

Press release below.

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Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly Lens Review

Irix 150mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly

Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Neutrino Coating
  • 1:1 Magnification, 1.1′ Minimum Focus
  • Manual Focus Design with Focus Lock
  • Depth of Field and Focus Distance Scales
  • Dragonfly Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm

ePhotozine reviewed the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly, a specialised lens for macro photography.

From their conclusion:

There is no doubt that there will be many photographers who will be delighted by the arrival of the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens. The greater reach of 150mm will be welcomed, and indeed is highly sought after already as photographers search for legendary long macro lenses from the days of film.

Manual focus can often be the method of choice for macro work, depending upon the techniques needed, but at least can be regarded as a little impediment. This is an excellent addition to the options available, especially perhaps for Pentax users who have had no option at all before this.

A specialised lens to some degree, but one that can be Highly Recommended.

Among other things they praise the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly for the excellent sharpness, very well controlled CA, no distortion, no flare, weather sealed, and the bokeh.

Read the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly review at ePhotozine.

Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly:

Australia & New Zealand: Amazon AU, Amazon USA, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR
USA/Canada: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay US, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA, Canon CA