New Irix 15mm f/2.4 full frame lens for Nikon F mount

Irix-lens-teaser
The teaser I posted online few days ago from a new lens company called Irix was for a new 15mm f/2.4 full frame lens that will be available also for Nikon F mount:

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There will be two models:

Irix Blackstone

  • 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

  • ultra lightweight construction
  • ergonomic focusing ring
  • 581g (Nikon), 608g (Canon)

"The same optical performance and high quality mechanism as the Blackstone, but implemented in a lightweight and handy design. Whether you sail, hike, drive or fly, the Irix Firefly 15mm f/2.4 will make your journey extraordinary."

Here are the details - first, the technical specifications:

IMAGE SIZE 35mm „Full Frame”
FOCAL LENGTH 15 mm
FIELD OF VIEW 110⁰ (diagonal)
FOCUSING RANGE 0.28 m (0.92 ft) - ∞
FOCUSING TYPE manual with lock function
APERTURE RANGE f/2.4 – f/22
APERTURE CONTROL via camera
APERTURE SHAPE 9 rounded blades
LENS CONSTRUCTION 15 elements in 11 groups 3x HR, 2x ED, 2x ASP
FRONT FILTER THREAD 95 x 1.0 mm
REAR GELATIN FILTER SLOT 30 x 30 mm
AVAILABLE MOUNTS Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
DIMENSIONS (DXH) 114 x 100 mm (4.49” x 3.94”)
WEIGHT FIREFLY CANON 608 g (1.34 lbs)
NIKON 581 g (1.28 lbs)
BLACKSTONE CANON 685 g (1.51 lbs)
NIKON 653 g (1.44 lbs)

Pricing was not released. Shipping will start in Spring of 2016. The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens has front and rear filter slots - see the demo videos:

Irix 15mm f/2.4 full frame lens design and distortion and MTF charts:

Irix 15mm f:2.4 full frame lens design

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Irix 15mm f:2.4 full frame lens design

Press release:

Meet the Irix 15mm f/2.4. The photographers dream. Built by engineers and perfected by designers.

The new ultra wide-angle, rectilinear manual lens designed for DSLR cameras guarantees exceptional optical performance.

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is designed to deliver the best optical performance and match full frame DSLR cameras demands. Providing a focal length of 15mm, this new lens model is ideal for outdoor and indoor photography whether it is photojournalism, landscapes or architecture.

From 19 to 22 March, during The Photography Show in Birmingham, TH Swiss will be premiering new family of lenses. Visit Irix at Stand No F121.

Innovative technology
Combining capabilities specific to analogue photography with ingenious technology and solutions, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 is the perfect tool for both professionals and hobbyists. The new special features such as focus lock, infinity click and hyperfocal scale set a new level of manual lens functionality. Focus lock enables to lock the focus ring at any time enssuring the chosen settings. Hyperfocal distance scale gives information about the accessible range for depth of field for a given aperture simply and intuitively. When the focusing ring is set in the “infinity” position, there is a noticeable “click” (infinity click), making it easier to find the value without looking.

Extraordinary optical performance
The Irix 15mm f/2.4 meets the most demanding requirements of modern cameras. Thanks to sophisticated optical construction and special neutrino coating, colour aberration, ghosting and flare effects have been reduced to the absolute minimum, so the lens is ready to meet the requirements of the 50+ megapixel sensors of the newest cameras.

The complex optical system consist of 15 elements in 11 groups. Three of the lens elements have a high refractive index and two others have been made from extra-low dispersion glass. The construction also contains two glass aspherical lenses that are responsible for extremely high image quality and improving image brightness at edges, while minimizing distortions and aberrations at the same time.

With a minimum focusing distance of 0.28 metre and 9 rounded shaped aperture blades, the lens stands for supremely smooth out-of-focus areas. Working with a narrow depth of field it allows the user to fully enjoy the bokeh effect.

Resistant to extreme conditions
Irix 15mm f/2.4 lenses are made with extreme precision, allowing them to be used in even the harshest weather conditions. Each lens is equipped with a weather sealed construction that protects the interior against dust and moisture. Thanks to inner seals they are also protected from accidental water splashes.

Prepare for more and create
Despite its short focal length and large aperture, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 is equipped with not only a front filter mount, but also has a rear gelatin filter slot. The design of the lens allows the use of 95 mm screw-in filters at the front in the petal-shape lens hood and gelatin filters at the back of the lens. This ensures unlimited possibilities for image creation.

Personalize your view
For the comfort of our customers Irix has created two versions of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 to meet their personality and individual taste.

Irix Blackstone: 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 that reflect the light enable easy operation in all lighting conditions.

Irix Firefly: high quality mechanism in a handy design. Ergonomic focusing ring offers the freedom to capture the most ideal moment, whether it is big city architecture or wildlife scenery. The most lightweight lens in its class. Challenge accepted.

Irix Swiss Design
Irix Swiss Design stands for minimalism in style while maintaining maximum functionality. It is a perfect mixture of European design combined with Korean precision. The same look and feel of all products in the Irix family. The same consistency, product packaging and complementary elements, all perfectly shaped and fitting one another.

Ultimate precision
Each Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens leaving the factory has been properly calibrated. However, the focus calibration function provides the unique opportunity to adjust the focusing scale for a particular model of camera.

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  • Captain Insane-O

    Everyone makes better looking lenses than Nikon… Poor Nikon

    • tjholowaychuk

      Haha yep, nikon’s build quality is total crap with the exception of a few higher end lenses.

      • ZoetMB

        Build quality and industrial design are two separate things. I think Captain is referring to the aesthetic quality of the industrial design, which I agree is superior to Nikon.

        Looks like a nice lens. Love to know the price. But I bet it’s not cheap. May have to stick with my 12-24 Nikon DX on my full-frame body.

        • Captain Insane-O

          Yeah, I like the way it looks, but Nikon does makes fine optics. Ugly, but fine lol

      • Which is to say you really don’t have much experience using Nikkors…

        I have 30+ years in Nikon, Canon, Mamiya and Fuji (fujinon).

        The Nikon hold up just as well if not better in almost all cases.

        • Justtakethepicture

          Whilst I agree with your final sentiment, I think he was referring to their modern lenses. I’m also a long time Nikon user (like you, 30+ years). The optical quality of most of their modern lenses can’t be doubted, but I prefer the build quality of my older ones.

          • I prefer the old builds as well, and I agree. But for an amateur to call the newer lenses “total crap quality” is just an ignorant statement.

    • doge

      Nikon is a giant mass consumer production company. this Irix is some 2bit mom and pop operation, they need to make it look nice to stand out.

      • Captain Insane-O

        What about sigma art? The new tamrons? Both optically sound, and far better aesthetics.

        Nikon needs to step it up

        • doge

          Again, Sigma is now a privately owned company that can do whatever the hell they want. Listen to the interviews with their CEO. He said they want to focus on small scale high quality products. Hence the Art line.

          Not sure about Tamron, but again they’re smaller than Nikon.

          • Captain Insane-O

            Being a large corporation has nothing do to with making visually pleasing products.

            Any car manufacturer, Apple, Samsung, Sony, etc.

            They keep making less money every year, so why would I listen to a failing CEO.

            Nikon can change their philosophy, but that’s not my point.

            We live in the hipster era where people are constantly sacrificing performance for a certain look.

            • doge

              You can’t compare a piece of crap cell phone designed to break in 2 years with a camera lens built to last forever.

            • Captain Insane-O

              Lenses aren’t built to last forever.

              My point, which you obviously cannot comprehend for some unknown reason, is that Nikon is fully capable of making products that excite users based on initial appearance. A trait every successful company knows and understand.

              Even canon understands this. Plus my iPhone 4 still works. So jokes on you

            • Nikon’s pro lenses are pretty much built to last forever. You do have to have them cleaned every once in a while, but I have a 105/2.5 and 50/1.5 and an 85/2.5 that are all from the 60’s – and they work and shoot fanatically today.

              I have a full series of D lenses from the 80s – all tanks, all sharp as hell and all in great working order.

              The holy trinity of G lenses I have today are all tanks.

              I really don’t give a care what my lenses looks like – I’m interested in the images they create, not how they look. I’m excited by great optics, and useful ergonomics; not by what the shell looks like

            • Spy Black

              I doubt G lenses will have the longevity of old manual focus Nikkors, or even D lenses.

            • I don’t doubt it at all – I use them professionally, put them through all sorts of hell, weather, professional paces, and they are tanks.

            • Spy Black

              Only time will tell.

            • Well, my Nikkor 24-70mm AF-S G has a decade of use on it, and with yearly checkups and cleaning, it’s nearly as good as any of the new ones off the shelf. They are incredibly well-built lenses.

            • Spy Black

              Well, my Ai optics have over 3 decades of use, never saw any yearly checkups and cleanings, and are nearly as good as new. 😉 I wonder how well, if at all, your lens would be working without those yearly checkups and cleanings.

            • I treat my gear professionally, so its a moot point, it gets scheduled maintenance – but even the older AI gear goes in for occasional cleaning – lubricants in the lenses get older over time, and need to be replaced – if you aren’t doing this – I guarantee your older lenses aren’t performing as well as mine if you aren’t getting them cleaned over the years.

            • Spy Black

              You may be in more damaging environments than I, I dunno. My gear has held out just fine. I still doubt G lenses will last as long, although ultimately it’s a moot point if you make your money back on your investment, and it opens the door to try out new gear when it has to be replaced.

            • In my experience, it’s the VR or AF-S that will go first. Lenses that don’t have these features should last forever and are much easier to repair.

            • Agreed. But I’ve never had a problem up to this point.

              I think that one of the things that too many photographers do is neglect a regular tune-up schedule.

            • captaindash

              Agreed with the trinity. I’ve never had an issue with any of them. My body/70-200 fell off of a tripod (I thought the Manfrotto was clamped in. I was wrong. I’ve since switched to arca-swiss and I’m never going back) and the lens mount got ripped off the body but the 70-200 f/2.8 (2008 model) came out unscathed.

            • Captain Insane-O

              Nikon is already phasing out the aperture lever. Pro lenses may be built strong, but they won’t be able to relevant for that long. Technology keeps changing.

              So no, they won’t last forever. 10 years sure, so will this lens btw, but the swm and aperture will ultimately wear out.

              Nothing lasts forever, yeah I fight cliche with cliche

            • The tin solder issue is going to be problematic for modern lenses, although for pro lenses it may be on the same order as swapping out a shutter on a body.

            • Nikon has only taken the aperture lever and old lens support out of
              their consumer (cheap) models, Not out of the prosumer or pro bodies. They likely
              never will, as it’s been a part of their lens strategy from the beginning.

              Nikon adapts their bodies to accommodate all their legacy optics. Any pro (or prosumer) body can accommodate and use any F-mount lens that dates back to the 50s.

              When Nikkor moved from Non-AI to AI couplings, the AI bodies accommodated the lenses (some with very minor modification to the lens).

              When they added AIS, the new bodies accommodated all of the legacy lenses.

              When they moved to AF and electronic lenses (the D, N, I, S, etc.), the new bodies accommodated all of the legacy lenses back to modified non-AI

              Now that the newest lenses are G mount, the newest pro and prosumer bodies still work with all the legacy lenses, many even improving on past linkages to the older legacy lenses.

              Technology may be moving, but backwards compatibility is easy, and has always been included as part of their professional roadmap.

              If you maintain your equipment properly (yearly cleanings and tune-ups) there is no reason a lens should not last decades.

              I’ve used my Nikkor 24-70mm AF-S G almost daily since when I got it in 2007, and it’s still ticking wonderfully, and doesn’t show any signs of failure anytime soon. I don’t use the 14-24 as often, but still – a tank, and the 80-200mm AF-D, I don’t use every day, but I’ve had it in professional use since 1998; and again, its a brilliant performer.

              And I’m not talking about causal use, I use my tools like tools. They get banged around quite a bit.

              So if you have professional experience that shows you that your pro Nikkors are failing, I’d be interested to hear it. Otherwise, you are just spouting conjecture against professional real-use experience.

            • captaindash

              Let’s get crazy. How about a body in 18% grey? Baby steps. I’m so sick of “DSLR” black in everything except L lenses. I couldn’t agree more that there are definitely companies out there that understand you don’t have to sacrifice quality to build for looks. Look at the Mac towers going back to the G3 vs the beige steel PC boxes at the time.

            • Sure you can. The build quality of iPhones is superb. The reason they are not durable in the field is that we abuse them like crazy. If you shoved a lens in your pocket with keys and all sorts of garbage, it won’t last either …

            • Nikon User

              There are two other issues, battery stops to hold charge after about 2 years of use, at least that happened in my case and the software updates makes the old hardware slow. Some apps loose their utility if the os is not updated. I have some educational apps the content of which get updated on a regular basis, however they company stopped updating the content on the older version of App and the newer version will work only on the newer iOS and newer iOS though compatible with the old hardware but was too slow.

            • bgbs

              In marketing, performance is over-rated. If books are sold by their cover, than lenses certainly do.

            • When you make an investment in a book you expect to spay $20 and keep it around for few weeks while you read it. When you purchase a lens, you are planning on spending hundreds (to thousands) and using it for as long as possible. The books sold by their cover analogy fails.

        • Mike Gordon

          The day I car about what my gear looks like I will quit photography….

        • Chad Hsieh

          Nothing wrong with trying to make something that both looks and performs good. I agree Nikon lens look crap and DOES affect a purchase decision.

      • Chris Lane

        I’d hardly think so. Some of the stuff coming out of Korea is shit hot. I was considering buying the Zeiss 135mm until i tried the Samyang equivalent yesterday. Needless to say, i saved myself a fortune.

      • Rich Murray

        Please tell me you’re joking. Who cares what the image of a lens is rather than the images it makes?

        • arrrr32

          You may not care and I may not care but many people care both about performance and aesthetics. Given the choice of two lenses of comparable performance and different looks I might pick the nicer looking lens. This depends on price – the current Zeiss lenses are gorgeous looking but are only MF and are very expensive. If Nikon were to redesign their lens bodies without changing the optics they might generate great interest in the new look.

    • HF

      I don’t care about the look, I don’t look at them in a shelf. If you really _use_ them, at weddings for example, it is only a matter of time to get marks etc. all over them. Additionally, the slightest bump on a metal lens and the coating is gone or a dent results. Doesn’t happen that easily with the plastic Nikon lenses 😉

      • Captain Insane-O

        For professional use sure, but for enthusiastic use aesthetics are important.

        Not everyone is paying their bills with wedding photography…

      • bgbs

        Listen, if you show your client a camera with a dirty lens during consultation, you’re finished. This lens is a trophy. When you bring out your camera, you don’t put an ugly Nikon lens on it, you put this lens on it to impress your clients. At the wedding, how your what you shoot, nobody cares.

        • HF

          For that I have the 70-200/2.8g on my D810. Works nicely. To be honest, I like the look of the Nikon lenses.

          • silmasan

            I like the classic 70-200/2.8 VR and 200/2 VR better, as well as the other teles with brass ID plates. It’s quite unique and the last gen ones just don’t have the same mojo to their look.

        • Mike Gordon

          Any clients I have worked for over all these years ONLY want to see my portfolio. They could care less that tools were used to make the portfolio.

        • You are clearly not a working photographer. You would never show your equipment during a consultation any more than a contractor would pull out his/her hammer to a future homeowner. It just has no relevance.

          Clients aren’t impressed by your lens – they are impressed by your portfolio.

          In 30+ years in the business i can tell you, I’ve never had a client, whether consumer or commercial care what my equipment looked like, they care about the results.

    • captaindash

      Agreed. My first thought was how pretty this lens is. Now if only someone else could come out to design a DSLR body for someone. Anyone. They all look almost exactly the same. “Mine’s got a red mark on the grip” “Mine has a vertical wheel on the back”. Super. They produce great looking things, but the cameras themselves are extremely underwhelming.

    • That’s your opinion, and you are welcome to it – I, and many of us like the look of the pro Nikkors.

  • Kiboko

    Interesting. I have two questions for now:
    1. The rear filter slot mentioned in the video … will it come with different filters?
    2. Is it a Samyang or Zeiss price tag on it?

    • 1. Yes – you will have to use special gelatin filters for the rear slot. For example the Nikon 14 mm f2.8 has a comparable slot.
      2. I’m pretty sure it will be a “Zeiss” 😉

      • Spy Black

        Gelatin filters can be cut to any size, it doesn’t matter if this filter slot is of unique size.

  • Michael Laing

    Hopefully they will have it at the Photography show. Will have to check it out on Monday/Tuesday

    • Yes they are – ask about the price and take some pictures of the 11mm f/4 lens they have on display. Thanks!

      • CERO

        they have a 11mm too?

        • Yes, they had it on display at the show in the UK – see above comments. I am trying to get more info.

  • luan

    Neutrino coating? Wtf? Are they gathering cosmic particles to make their lenses’ coating?

    • Jirka

      Yep. They put lenses into space and wait one year. After that the lens is transformed into unbreakable, no flare, extremely sharp
      hyper-glass.

      • leonrenstfeld

        Actually, for neutrinos you don’t need to go to space. Aaaand they won’t stick. Will just pass through.

        • Jirka

          I know 😀 but putting lens in space sounds good for me 😀

        • CERO

          dont they have systems to stop neutrinos using super dense water and ultra cool Freon?

    • Neutrinos aren’t cosmic — they’re everywhere. Zillions of them pass through your body every second. The problem is that a neutrino has a tiny chance of interacting with a planet on the way through, so coating glass with it would be a tad difficult (and it’s not clear why you’d want to).

      • luan

        Thanks, captain. As you said, zillions of them pass through our bodies and everything else on Earth. Being a subatomic particle, they can originate from any nuclear reaction, but most of those that hit the Earth come from the Sun, and that sounds pretty much cosmic to me. I never said we have to go to space to catch them, there are neutrino observatories underground that could do that.

        As for the lens, obviously it’s a commercial name. First because coatings are made from metallic elements (neutrinos are subparticles), second because it’s way to difficult to observe them, imagine to gather them.

        I wanted to troll, but there are too many captains on internet. I’m so sad right now =/

    • Max

      i think they use it because it sounds cool.

      • Eledeuh

        I suppose the general idea is that the glass is so clear that light passes through without any resistance ; kind of like a Neutrino can go unaltered through almost anything.

        Also, Nikon has been advertising its “Nano” Coating for years, I wouldn’t be surprised if they considered “Neutrino” could allow them to piggyback on Nikon’s marketing momentum as an added benefit.

    • FountainHead

      The next lens will be coated in unicorn tears.

  • I saw these lenses at the show today. There are actually two versions: Firefly and Blackstone. Both 15mm f/2.4 but the focussing rings are different. There was an 11mm f/4 lens on show as well. Canon, Nikon and Pentax mount.

    • ZoetMB

      Get any idea of the price?

    • BG

      11 f/4 full frame lens or APS-C?

    • Did you take any pictures of the 11mm f/4 lens?

      • I was just passing and didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t realise at the time that the 11mm f/4 wasn’t mentioned in the press release

      • Spy Black

        Although I’m not holding my breath on it, I sincerely hope the 11mm is a full frame design. That would be wicked!

        Of course, it just be a fisheye, in which case, meh…

        • yes, I am curious too about this 11mm lens

        • silmasan

          I’ll assume the focus calibration is for infinity focus.

          Wait a sec.
          *consults hyperfocal distance table for 11mm lens on 35mm camera*
          Oh I think you’re right.

        • JAY

          IMO, there’s no doubt that the 11mm F4 will be full frame lens. If Irix is planning to make a APSC version of the 15m F2.4, they could just make a 11mm f2.8 w/o re-design the lens structure.
          Actually, the thing that I am concerned is the sunstar performance and the price.

    • Dino Brusco

      Curious also about the 11/4 hyperwide.. can you tell us a bit more ?

  • Looks like the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZF.2 lens: http://bhpho.to/1RW1kfc

  • BG

    What do you guys think of the MTF chart?

  • Looks interesting — but gotta love the special “neutrino” coating. Pretty impressive technology, coating glass with neutrinos.

  • So the first lens this new company releases is for DSLR cameras, I would have expected a mirrorless lens. They will not even offer a Sony version…

    • Fly Moon

      I thought they do ofer for Sony! I thought SAR has a post about it!!

      • No Sony version. I stopped believing what SAR says long time ago 🙂

    • Zos Xavius

      Good. 🙂

      • yes, DSLR cameras are still alive and kicking

        • Max

          Even DX is still twitching 😀

    • They do make Sony FE adapters for Canon and Nikon mount lenses, though. I’m pretty sure that most small-time third party lens makers are counting on this fact to keep costs down while still reaching that mirrorless market, as small as it may be.

  • Dino Brusco

    Great news ! If they had to impress us, I guess they succeeded. Now let’s wait and see !

  • HotDuckZ

    No fluorine coated, sadly.

    • bgbs

      It does not need fluoride, it has no cavities.

      • HotDuckZ

        I’m sure you’re the guys from Irix. I sold all NIKKOR included 14-24 because of it’s no any dust and water protection.

  • sure, easy way out – just like the Nikon buying Samsung rumor

    • Fly Moon

      Agreed.
      I don’t like the tactics of SAR and Fuji rumors sites. You’re by far the most reliable camera rumour one. Thx

      • nwcs

        It’s probably no coincidence how both sites refer to each other and the respective owners periodically have lunch and such. They think alike.

  • nwcs

    I’ll be intrigued when I see the price come up. And the comparison to the Zeiss 15mm, too.

  • DirtyHarryC

    Looks like a copy of a Zeiss lense.

    • exactly what I said

      • TO-DOUG

        Except that you said “lens” not “lense”!

  • neversink

    I’ve never had any problems wit the aesthetics of a Nikon lens. I take photos with these lenses, but I have never once thought any Nikon lens was ugly…..

    • luan

      Yeah, me too. For me, the only ugly lenses come in white color. It’s like saying “everyone look at me, I have a big badass lens”. White lenses are attention whores xD. Nikon lenses are discreet, functional and reliable. No need to be pretty, but I don’t think they are ugly either.

  • Wow, neutrino coated. That must mean that the delimited positron matrix is phase inverted to the nanofield lattice. Should be pretty sharp in the corners, then.

    • Lee

      I wonder if they they had to invert the tachyon emitter to apply this coating?

      • nwcs

        No. Coolant leak in the starboard nacelle kept it from working.

      • Spy Black

        Nah, they simply used a hydro-spangulator…

      • TheInconvenientRuth

        Can’t you do that simply be reversing the polarity of the shield generator..?

      • Power transfer in progress…

  • jstevez

    Neutrino coating? Nah, I pass; I’ll wait for the Higgs Boson coating.

    • I wouldn’t. That would be spectacularly heavy.

      • TheInconvenientRuth

        I’m currently working on a lens with antimatter coating, it guarantess 100% that no stray light will enter the lens. Downside, no other light too, but I’m working on that.

        • That implies you’ve already overcome the ‘self-annihilation’ problem. Colour me impressed.

          • TheInconvenientRuth

            I figured out all I needed to know about self-annihilation by reading my son’s twitter feed…

  • usa

    Will I need to buy a separate flux capacitor to activate the Neutrino?

  • They named a lens FIREFLY?

    Does its purchase include a date with Summer Glau? Or a camping trip with Nathan Fillion? I’d be OK with either…

    • Fly Moon

      Let’s see how many people will get your joke 😉
      I’ll up-vote you.

      • TheInfinityPoint

        I do, lol.

        • That’s three so far. In my opinion you can’t be a nightscape photographer and NOT be into sci-fi classics at least a little bit, though. I think it’s required inspiration.

    • nwcs

      Or it’ll get an early cancellation. End up on Dr. Horrible.

      • I hope not! But I think likelihood of cancellation is more directly proportional to the awesomeness of Joss Whedon, not Summer Glau or Nathan Fillion. So it’s a toss-up. I sure hope this lens doesn’t have a bummer of an ending, though.

  • J.Coi

    “Blackstone” has no “ergonomic focusing ring”?

    • Spy Black

      It’s for “real” men…

  • Intersting, it looks almost identical to the Fuji lenses to me, which are definitely a lot prettier than Nikon’s products.

  • bgbs

    This lens is a beauty. Nikon and Canon should definitely outsource their outer lens designs to companies like these.

    • Flodder

      yeah big white text on a black lens… great design…. LOL

  • BernhardAS

    Different design to Zeiss. (Zeiss is a 15/12)
    The diagram specially of the rear group and location of aspherical elements is different.
    Will be interesting how it performs.

  • T.I.M

    I don’t miss my Nikon AF 14mm f/2.8, not a great lens.

  • JAY

    The only weak point is electronically controlled aperture. This make it hard to be adapted to mirrorless body.

    • neversink

      Have you shot with it? No one has, so how do you know it’s weak or strong points.

      • Moon

        He’s talking about the hardware design………………….

  • Seeker

    Extraordinary optical performance.

    yeah well i doubt that…. but we will see.

  • Seeker

    the sample pix they show are very small…. wonder why??

    i guess image quality is only sufficient for stamp size images.

  • 120_300 OS for nikon

    I can wait to see the reviews tests field-tests i do still have to buy an ultra wide lens some day i am in for the Sigma 20mm art lens now.

  • William Dyer

    I’m wondering how this lens compares to the Tamron 15-30 at 15mm?

    • vriesk

      It compares, but the results are unknown. Glad to help.

  • Adnan

    Interesting,I hope it’s not as expensive as the Zeiss 15mm 2.8 ZF2.
    Waiting for sample pics.

  • The design on this looks a LOT like the Zeiss 15mm 2.8 (externally)

  • Nikita

    Please explain: why is the front collar SOOO much bigger in diameter than the front glass element? I understand it holds a filter (which is great) and it’s quite the wide angle of view, but it appears so much wider. I like that the hood is removable, but for compact travel, that’s a big collar.

    Now, an AF DX 10mm 2.8 please… w/filter, removable hood.

    • BG

      I guess you need to get the filter rim positioned outwards a bit so it doesn’t cause vignetting in the images?

  • Flodder

    still no sample images….

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