Irix has revealed that there will be a stills version of its Irix Cine 45mm T1.5, which was announced earlier this week. Talking to the Irix team at Photo Plus Expo 2019, we were told that the company is working on an Irix 45mm f/1.4 to be launched next year.
With its previous 11mm super-wideangle and 150mm macro lenses, it has produced the DSLR stills version first - and then followed up with the Cine iteration of the lens later on. But with the 45mm there has been a change in tactic - and the videocentric version will be the first to market, costing $1,400.
It is also a departure from the company's previous policy of producing unusual lenses that other manufacturers are not offering. With the 45mm being very similar to the popular 50mm f/1.4 which is available from a wide number of camera and lens specialists, this lens will certainly have more competition when it arrives. Although not finalized, the 45mm f/1.4 will almost certainly have the Dragonfly finish of the 150mm, rather than the choice of Firefly and Blackstone finish that is available with its 11mm and 15mm wide-angles..
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