Irix 21mm f/1.4 Dragonfly review

The focal length is unusual, but the Irix 21mm f/1.4 is a quality lens that performs brilliantly

5 Star Rating
Irix 21mm f/1.4
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Digital Camera World Verdict

With a great combination of wide perspective and shallow depth-of-field, the Irix 21mm f/1.4 Dragonfly is a superb option for portrait and travel photographers. The manual focus is always going to be a challenge at such wide apertures, but with practice, this can be a powerful tool in your arsenal.


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    Solid build and handling

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    Bright max aperture

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    Superb bokeh quality

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    Top sharpness


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    Manual focus only

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    No filter thread

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Combining Swiss precision, Korean ingenuity and Japanese glass, the Irix 21mm f/1.4 Dragonfly is built for professional use and promises to deliver sharp images with minimal distortion or aberrations.

This super-fast, wide-angle prime is ideal for shooting anything from astrophotography to interiors, landscapes, architecture, or even weddings. It benefits from internal focusing, a weather-sealed design, and a rigid, durable casing. Fifteen lens elements in eleven groups include four ultra-low dispersion elements, four high refractive elements and two aspherical elements.

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