Irix 45mm f/1.4 - New ultra fast lens announced

Written by Simon Wyndham


Irix has announced a new ultra fast full-frame lens for Nikon, Canon, and Pentax cameras with an aim to offer an alternative for fans of 35-50mm focal lengths.

The new Irix 45mm f/1.4 lens, it has to be said, does look rather beautiful. Although it has been designed with photographers in mind, it also looks like it will fit the bill for people who are using hybrid cameras for video since it features an iris control on the barrel as well as a wide focus ring throw. The main features of the lens include:

  • Smooth bokeh
  • Fast F/1.4 aperture
  • Internal focusing
  • Weather resistant construction
  • Aperture control straight from the camera
  • In-camera focus indicator
  • Semi-automatic modes (PASM)
  • All exposure parameters are saved in EXIF data
  • 50-degree field of view
  • "Focus Lock" feature
  • 140-degree focus ring throw
  • Reinforced metal construction
  • 77mm front filter thread

irix-45-mm-f-1-4-lens- (2).jpg

The Irix 45mm f/1.4 is equipped with a 9 rounded aperture diaphragm, which should make for some lovely looking bokeh effects, but the company appears to have put a lot of thought into the actual feel of the lens in use, too.

irix-45-mm-f-1-4-lens- (3).jpg

All weather construction

The construction is a combination of internal metal construction and composite elements, which the company says makes it strong, yet lightweight. The lens is also fully weather sealed, and because it uses an internal focussing mechanism it should mean that it can be used well in some of the harsher environments photographers might find themselves in.

irix-45-mm-f-1-4-lens- (6).jpg

I mentioned the focus barrel throw earlier, but Irix has gone even further. Not only is the focus grip nice and wide, with an embossed texture, but it has also added a focus marker, which can be felt by the hand. A focus lock also features.

irix-45-mm-f-1-4-lens- (9).jpg

All focus and aperture markings are filled with UV reactive paint so that they can be seen in low light conditions.

No price or availability has been announced as yet, but the lens will be available for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentax K mounts.


Tags: Production


Related Articles

11 July, 2020

Canon EOS R5: A closer examination of what it means for video

The headline grabber for the EOS R5 was 8K, but along with a new announcement from Atomos it's time to dig a little deeper into where the R5 and R6...

Read Story

10 July, 2020

You can now use your GoPro Hero8 as a webcam

A new beta firmware has been released enabling you to be able to use the GoPro Hero8 Black as a webcam on all major services on macOS.              ...

Read Story

10 July, 2020

Sony introduces the world's widest f/2.8 full frame zoom lens

Sony has introduced its 57th E-mount lens in the form of a 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master superwide zoom.                                          

The Sony...

Read Story