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Irix 45mm f/1.4 prime for photographers is on its way

 Irix Cine 45mm T1.5
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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.

Irix Cine 45mm T1.5

(Image credit: Irix)

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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Chris George

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, 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 8 Plus RED.