Irix gets up close with the 150mm Macro in new, lightweight Dragonfly finish

irix 150mm f28 macro lens announced photokina 2018 3 1920x1080 copy

After several teasers, Europe-based lens company Irix has finally unveiled a new lens with a new durable finish the company calls the Dragonfly.  The Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens, announced on Monday, September 24, uses an aluminum frame that’s encased in aluminum magnesium allow and weather-sealed for a mix of durability and a lightweight design. The lens will be available in full-frame Nikon F, Canon EF, and Pentax K mounts.

The longer 150mm focal length, which deviates from the company’s earlier ultra-wide angle lenses, will help throw the background out of focus while also preventing shadows from the lens appearing in the image. The lens achieves a 1:1 magnification ratio for true macro and focuses as close as 0.92 feet from the front of the lens. The lens is constructed from 12 elements in nine groups, including super-low dispersion glass and four pieces with higher refractive index to minimize distortion.

Like other Irix lenses, the 150mm macro is a manual focus lens. That focusing system, however, uses an internal design that allows the lens to stay the same length when focusing, a plus for precise macro focusing while also allowing for better weather sealing. The focus ring can also be locked in place with a second focus lock ring.

Inside the lens, a CPU allows the lens to communicate with the camera, including recording the EXIF data. The communication between body and lens also allows for using semiautomatic modes and controlling the aperture from the camera body.

The lens launches a new design for Irix called the Dragonfly, a name that refers to that frame being enclosed in an aluminum-magnesium alloy. The finish mixes elements from the company’s Firefly and Blackstone lenses. The company says the new finish maintains strength and weather resilience while also making the lens lighter. The lens is also sealed around the front element, focusing ring, focus lock ring, and bayonet mount. With the longer focal length, Irix also includes a lens hood and a detachable tripod collar.

While the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens will be part of this week’s Photokina, the company hasn’t yet announced a release date or price.


From 11K to just OK: The biggest photo gear announcements at CES 2019

From 11K cameras to 1 TB media cards, CES 2019 brought a peek at new gear for photographers and videographers. But what photography gear grabbed our attention the most? Here are the biggest photo gear announcements from CES 2019.

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.

Going somewhere? Capture more than your phone can with the best travel cams

Hitting the road or doing some globetrotting this year? Bring along the right camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime vacation memories. Here's a list of some of our current favorites.

What to look for and what to avoid when buying a camera

Looking to buy a new camera? Our comprehensive camera guide for 2016 has answers to any camera or photography questions you might ask, whether in regards to pricing, image quality, or weatherproofing.

Olympus’ latest teaser shares glimpse of new OM-D camera geared toward sports

Is Olympus about to release a new mirrorless camera geared toward sports photographers? The latest teaser offers a glimpse of an upcoming OM-D camera set to launch on January 24, and by the looks of the teasers, it's geared toward sports.

Lexar’s latest SDXC card keeps you shooting with 1 TB of storage

Shoot large files at high capacity? Lexar's latest SDXC memory card will fit a terabyte of storage inside your camera. The Lexar SD card is part of the company's Professional 633x series. That higher capacity will come at a cost, however.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: heat-powered watches, phone cases with reflexes

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

See ya, CFast: 1TB CFexpress card transfers photos at 1,400MB per second

The latest trend in professional removable storage media is fast approaching. At CES 2019, ProgradeDigital revealed its first CFexpress card, featuring a 1-terabyte capacity and bewildering 1,400 megabyte-per-second transfer rate.
Social Media

No yolk! A photo of an egg has become the most-liked post on Instagram

Until this weekend, the most-liked post on Instagram was of Kylie Jenner's baby daughter, which has around 18 million likes. It's now been knocked off the top spot not by a stunning sunset or even a cute cat, but by an egg.

From 4K powerhouses to tiny action cams, here are the best video cameras

Although not as popular as they once were, dedicated video cameras still have their benefits. From travel vlogging to home movies to recording your kid's little league game, here are the best video cameras you can buy right now.

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.

Authentic, holistic, retro photography is in: Here are 2019’s predicted trends

What types of imagery are we most drawn to? According to recent stock photography data from Adobe, StoryBlocks, and Shutterstock, authentic, holistic, and humanitarian content will be in high demand in 2019.

This A.I.-powered camera follows the action to produce epic selfie videos

Want to capture more epic action selfies? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action. Using a handful of different modes, the camera works to keep the action in the frame.