There’s a new cine lens in town from a really cool lens maker – Irix. The Korean/Swiss lens maker, known for their high-quality super wide-angle lens, is introducing their first cine lens – the Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1. First in a new cinematography oriented lens lineup, the Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro offers full-frame coverage and will be available in PL, Canon EF and Sony E mount.
Although pricing and availability have not yet been revealed, Irix have released information about the technical aspects and features of the lens.
The Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 is ready for 8K productions thanks to it’s inherent complex optical design based on the same optical layout used in the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 stills variant. The lens optical design comprises of of 12 optical elements arranged in 9 groups, four of which are high refractive index (HR) glass, and three low-dispersion glass (ED). These elements are responsible for superb high resolution, nearly zero chromatic aberration and has almost no visible distortion (which Irix rate as low as 0,1%).
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IRIX Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro Specs/Features
Canon EF, Sony E, MFT, PL
11 rounded aperture blades
12 optical elements in 9 groups
4 x HR and 3 x ED lenses
MST focusing mechanism
Rear element in a fixed position (anti-dust protection)
Detachable and reversible lens hood
Lens hood with magnetic lock
Industry standard 0.8 pitch mod focus ring
86mm front filter thread
95mm front diameter for cine accessories
Precise laser engraved markings filled with UV reactive paint
Lens support with 1/4″ thread
Two-position detachable lens support
Adaptive ring for follow focus system (patent pending)
Focus ring with 270° focus throw
Available with metric or imperial units
Aperture ring rotation 75°
The lens features an internal focusing system with as little breathing as possible that will of course make life a lot easier for your focus puller. Focusing is said to be quiet and smooth rotation thanks to the new MST lens positioning system that has been created specially for the Irix Cine range. The Multi Start Thread mechanism, in combination with a sealed housing, ensures durable and long-term operation of the lens in various atmospheric conditions even in the most demanding situations.
The the focus throw is rated at 270 degrees giving you plenty of travel for fine focus points. The lens will be available with both metric and imperial markings.
11 iris blades with rounded edges will ensure you get great bokeh and sharpness. The Irix optical designers have also made some interesting ergonomics and design choices with the new Cine 150mm Macro – the side edges of the focus gear-rings are shielded by a special ring, providing a larger area for better manual handling whilst still compatible with follow-focus systems. The markings on the lens are laser engraved and treated with UV fluorescent paint to improve the readability in low light environments.
Irix stills lenses are known for their build quality, and here with their first Cine lens, Irix want to make sure your lens is protected from the elements, hence whey the lens housing is equipped with several seals to create a barrier for dust, rain and accidental splashes of water.
This lens has been equipped with an unique Magnetic Mount System for accessories. The MMS system allows quick and easy attachment of variety dedicated accessories. The first of the new MMS accessories is the detachable and reversible lens hood (included with a lens) with more accessories to be revealed at a later date.
The new Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro also gets a standardized 95mm front for easy compatibility with matte boxes, as well as an 86mm front filter thread for screw-on filters. Irix say they will have more news about their Cine range, so do make sure to keep an eye out on the blog here for updates.
For more info on all Irix lenses check out their website here.