Irix 45mm f/1.4

This week, we got news Irix is releasing a new fast full-frame lens: the Irix 45mm f/1.4. The lens will be available for Nikon, Canon and Pentax cameras.

First glance at this lens, the 45mm f/1.4 looks like it will be suited for both hybrid and photo-centered cameras. Video shooters should find its iris control on the barrel and its wide focus ring particularly handy.

Irix 45mm f/1.4 front shot
Irix 45mm f/1.4

Irix 45mm f/1.4 overview

The lens features a 9 rounded aperture diaphragm. This aperture should allow the lens to capture a beautiful bokeh effect. As for its design, the lens it is built with an internal metal construction and composite elements. According to Irix, this will make the lens lightweight. As for the focus grip, it has an embossed texture and a focus marker. The focus also has a lock.

All focus and aperture markers are filled with UV reactive paint. This allows you to see the markings in low light situations.

Irix 45mm f/1.4 UV reactive paint
All the 45mm f/1.4 focus and aperture markings are filled with UV reactive paint

Let’s talk about the Irix 45mm f/1.4’s durability

According to Irix, the lens is fully weather-sealed. Additionally, because the lens uses an internal focusing mechanism, the lens should be able to withstand some harsher environments.

Key features

  • F/1.4 aperture
  • Internal focusing
  • Weather-resistant construction
  • In-camera focus indicator
  • Semi-automatic modes (PASM)
  • Irix 45mm f/1.4 features a metal construction
  • All exposure parameters are saved in EXIF data
  • 50-degree field of view
  • “Focus Lock” feature
  • 140-degree focus ring throw
  • 77mm front filter thread

Dragonfly version

The Dragonfly version of the lens is reportedly more durable than the base version because it combines reinforced metal and composite elements. “This combination has resulted in an extremely durable, compact structure, which thanks to numerous seals,
remains resistant to adverse weather conditions,” says Irix.

Here’s what else this version has to offer over the base lens:

  • Scratch-resistant finish
  • Anti-slip focusing ring with “special finish for easy focusing”
  • Engraved markings filled with UV reactive paint
  • Dust and water protection sealings
  • Hardcase included

Pricing and availability

The lens is out now for $775 on Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentax K mounts

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