Irix 15mm f/2.4 full frame lens

I just came across some press releases for the Irix 15mm f/2.4 full frame lens. If the image quality is good, this really looks like a winner, and at a good price. This would be great for long exposure, night, and landscape photographers in particular, with it’s fantastic feature set.

This yummy looking ultra wide lens is f/2.4 is a rectilinear manual-focus lens that’s designed for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K full-frame DSLR cameras.


My photo above was not taken with the Irix. It is here just to look pretty.

There will be two models:

Irix Blackstone (€699 – around $780):
durable Al-Mg body
engraved fluorescent markings
653g (Nikon), 685g (Canon)
“Classic design meets maximum functionality, achieving the perfect match of innovative technology. The durable aluminium and magnesium body ensures foolproof protection of your lens, even in extreme conditions. Engraved fluorescent markings enable easy operation in all lighting conditions to facilitate the perfect photo.”

Irix Firefly (€549 – around $600):
ultra lightweight construction
ergonomic focusing ring
581g (Nikon), 608g (Canon)


Check out this feature set. It looks like the Swiss and Koreans really put their heads together to figure out a good feature set, just tailor made for night and long exposure photographers. There’s a noticeable click at infinity. How cool is that? Has a focus lock so you don’t mistakenly bump it out of focus. The lens hood screws off to accommodate 95mm filters (many ultra wide angles do not accept screw-on filters because of their bulbous front element). There is a gel filter slot in the back for additional filters. And there are engraved fluorescent markings which glow under low light situations. Not bad.

The optics are apparently rectilinear lens, which minimizes barrel or pincushion distortion, so that straight lines, such as those from buildings, will appear straight rather than curved.

If the optics of this lens is really great, I have a feeling a lot of night photographers and long exposure landscape photographers will be all over this. Including me.

Disclaimer: I know nothing about this company. I have nothing to gain by this. I am not sleeping with anyone from the company or their daughters. 😀


My photo above was not taken with the Irix. It is here just to look pretty.

You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like), on 500px, or my Ken Lee Google+ Page. We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

And you can go to the Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee.  Thank you very much for visiting!


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