Irix 30mm f/1.4 Dragonfly review

The Irix 30mm f/1.4 Dragonfly is a wide-angle, wide-aperture prime for under 700 bucks – the best value street lens ever?

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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Irix 30mm f/1.4 Dragonfly is a sharp, well-built lens that is beautifully crafted. Resolution is lovely and contrast adds a natural punch to images. Overall the optics succeed in fulfilling the Irix promise to offer cinematic qualities in still images – though the lack of autofocus, and extremely tight focus ring, may be problematic for some.


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    Great build quality

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    Outstanding sharpness

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    Beautiful bokeh

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    Electronic contacts


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    Focus ring resistance

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    No autofocus

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The Irix 30mm f/1.4 Dragonfly is everything we've come to expect from Irix lenses. These optics are usually well built, high quality products which, if you can accept the lack of autofocus capability, offer a genuinely unique proposition… well, mostly.

You see, the Irix 30mm f/1.4 Dragonfly is a photographic equivalent to the Irix 30mm T1.5 Cine – a well-established model and popular choice for videographers. The fact that Irix has chosen to release a stills version makes sense, and looking at the spec sheet it seems the only significant technical difference between the two is in the external design and minor transmission variance. 

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As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

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