Here is the new Irix 30mm F1.4 Dragonfly, a stills version of company’s 30mm cine lens. The Irix 30mm F1.4 Dragonfly lens is finally available to pre-order through the B&HPhoto and Adorama at $675 for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentax K mounts.
The 30mm F1.4 manual lens is constructed of 13 elements in 11 groups, including three ultra-low dispersion elements, two high-reflective elements and a single aspherical elements. The lens features Irix’s ‘Dragonfly’ nomenclature, which denotes its lightweight design and high optical quality.
The lens housing corresponds to the Dragonfly design, which is already known from the Irix models with focal lengths of 45 mm and 150 mm. The most important properties are an inner structure reinforced with metal elements, a scratch-resistant lens surface, a non-slip focusing ring with a special embossing through which the position of the ring can be easily felt, engraved markings filled with a UV-reactive paint, and seals to protect against dust and water. The internal focusing ensures that the lens does not change in length when focusing.
Irix 30mm F1.4 specifications
- Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
- Front Filter Size: 77mm
- Image Coverage: Full Frame (43.3mm)
- Field Of View: 51.4 Degree (Diagonal)
- Focal Length: 30mm
- Number Of Iris Blades: 11 Rounded Blades
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 – f/16
- Aperture Control: Through the camera
- Focus Throw: 140 Degree
- Focusing Type: Manual with AE Focus Confirmation Chip
- Lens Construction: 13 elements in 11 groups
- Dimensions: 94 x 107mm
- Weight: 30.3 oz ( 860g)
The Irix 30mm F / 1.4 features a modern optical design that includes 3 ultra-low dispersion glass elements, 2 high reflectance glass elements and one aspherical lens. There are a total of 13 elements in 11 groups that provide sharp details, vivid colors and ultra-low distortion – 0.95%. However, what deserves special attention is the smoothness and “cine look” of the image it offers. The lens is designed to work with 35mm full frame sensors. It is worth emphasizing the use of a new, 11-blade design aperture with rounded edges, which ensures a pleasant and very vivid background blur. It works in the range of f/1.4 to f/16.
DRAGONFLY Version – Characteristics
The lens housing is a continuation of the Dragonfly manufacturing standard known from earlier Irix models (45mm and 150mm). It’s most important aspects are:
A special focusing ring with a characteristic shape has become a kind of hallmark of Irix 150mm and 45mm lenses. Many of our clients pay attention to the convenience it provides. The newest Irix 30mm is following same way. Special texturing and properly selected rubber material which covers it, allows for reliable and precise focusing. Dedicated emboss lets you to feel the ring’s position. This makes focusing even easier!
“Focus Lock” function
The Focus Lock function is also a hallmark of Irix lenses – it allows you to lock the focusing ring in a specific position. It’s especially useful when you want to keep a specific distance to the photographed object (zone-focusing) or you want to keep perfect focus at infinity in landscape photography or astrophotography.
Designed for any challenge
Irix customers often use their lenses in extremely difficult conditions. Therefore, the construction of the Irix 30mm f/1.4 lens had to meet their needs. Only the best materials were used. The guarantee of operation in all conditions is ensured by a system of seals located in key places of the lens, and rear focusing – thanks to which the lens does not change its dimensions while focusing. These properties allow not only to work in difficult conditions, but also guarantee the cleanliness of the mirror chamber and the sensor of the camera you are using.
The Irix 30mm f / 1.4 lens will be available with Nikon F, Canon EF and Pentax K mounts.