Irix 30mm f/1.4 Dragonfly
Image courtesy: Irix

Irix will soon be adding a new 30mm f/1.4 lens to its Dragonfly range. Although marketed as a photo lens, the optical structure is identical to their 30mm Cine lens. This means it’s going to be ideal for video use. The new lens has a completely redesigned housing with a much shorter focus throw than the Cine version. It also loses the latter’s follow focus gear rings.

Designed for full-frame sensors

With an aperture range of f/1.4 to f/16, the new Irix lens pairs well with 35mm full-frame sensors. This should provide great low-light performance and a shallow depth of field. The newly designed 11-blade aperture has rounded edges which Irix says ensures a pleasant and vivid bokeh.

Irix 30mm f/1.4 Dragonfly lens
Image courtesy: Irix

Vivid colors

Irix claims the 30mm f/1.4 lens will give sharp details, vivid colors, and ultra-low distortion, emphasizing the smoothness and “cine look” of the image it offers. With a total of 13 elements in 11 groups, the Irix 30mm includes 3 ultra-low dispersion glass elements, 2 high reflectance glass elements and one aspherical lens. The internal design also means that the body of the lens does not change dimensions while focusing.

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Weather-sealed

Irix’s Dragonfly manufacturing standard includes features such as a reinforced internal structure with metal elements and a scratch-resistant lens finish. The body of the lens is weather-sealed. As well as allowing you to film in difficult conditions, this will help protect your camera’s sensor. The lens has an anti-slip focusing ring and engraved markings filled with UV-reactive paint. The lens front has an 86mm thread for filters. It also comes with a hard case.

Pricing and availability

The Irix 30mm f/1.4 will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentax K mounts. The lens is available for preorder now for dispatch at the end of October. Irix hasn’t disclosed the price of the lens yet.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.