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Irix 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly sets a new standard for DSLR prime lenses

Irix 45mm f/1.4
(Image credit: Irix)

Irix has revealed some more details of its next prime lens for photographers – a 45mm f/1.4 standard lens. It will be the stills equivalent of the Irix Cine 45mm T1.5 (opens in new tab), which was announced in October last year. 

The full-frame DSLR lens fits between the classic 35mm and 50mm focal lengths, offering a field of view of 50°, creating the unusual 45mm focal length.

The fast 45mm prime will join the 11mm f/4 Blackstone and 15mm f/2.4 super-wideangles and 150mm Firefly macro in the Irix stills lens range – and will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax KA mounts.

The lens is weather-sealed, and has a nine-bladed aperture ring that promises smooth bokeh effects.

Irix 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly review (opens in new tab)

(Image credit: Irix)
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The lens is a manual focus only affair, with a focus ring that rotates through a full 140° to allow for critical alignment and for focus pull effects. A focus lock switch is also provided.

Constructed from metal, the 45mm f/1.4 will have Irix Dragonfly finish which offers • anti-scratch surface, with engraved marking with UV reactive paint, an anti-slip rubberized focusing ring. The lens has a 77mm front filter ring. 

The launch date and the pricing for the Irix 45mm f/1.4 are still be be announced. 

(Image credit: Irix)

Read more:
The best 50mm lenses in 2020 (opens in new tab)

Irix 15mm f/2.4 Firefly review (opens in new tab)

Irix 11mm f/4 Blackstone review (opens in new tab)

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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.