Irix USA website/distribution launched

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Irix has a new US based website and distributor at www.irixusa.com. For now only the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is listed for sale (reviewed here). All Irix products come with a 5 years warranty. The US prices are:

  • Blackstone: $649.00
  • Firefly: $449.00

Irix is also now selling directly on Amazon US (Irix lenses have been available for a while on Amazon UKAmazon DE and Amazon IT):
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  • Eric Calabros

    This just reminds me the funny story of a cookware brand suddenly appeared in western Asia. People expectedly assumed its really Italian, as the name suggests, but turned out its part of a cluster of fake companies registered by some Turkish/Arab importers. The product was obviously made in “somewhere in China”.
    If nobody gives you the license of making anything, just invent one.

  • MJ

    No physical address or phone number anywhere on the site. No mention of the dealer on official Irix website either.
    I’ll pass.

    • NoNonsense

      I ordered one this morning and had a UPS shipping number a few hours later. Seems fine to me.

      • MJ

        Let us know if all goes well. I’m just bit skeptical when there is no legit info on the site.

        • NoNonsense

          I think they probably just use a 3rd party for distributing and the web site is most likely their own big existence here in the US. I placed the order at 9 AM yesterday. It was shipped 2:17 PM
          It’s coming from PA:
          New Stanton, PA, United States 12/19/2016 12:19 A.M. Arrival Scan
          East Petersburg, PA, United States 12/18/2016 9:06 P.M. Departure Scan
          12/18/2016 4:33 P.M. Origin Scan
          United States 12/18/2016 2:17 P.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS

        • NoNonsense

          It arrived today with no issues.

          • MJ

            Good to hear – thanks for the updates. Have fun with it!

  • Spy Black

    I checked out the 11mm at the Photo Plus Expo, and if the product sold in stores has the same optical quality, than it is worth it despite not having AF. I will get one.

  • bjrichus

    I was reading down the Blackstone write up on the irixusa web site and they say its made in “corea” … Korea is the correct spelling, no?

    Would it also be too much to assume South Korea (not the DPRK or North Korea) too or did Kim’s forced slave labor force get into making camera lenses as well? 😉

    A 15mm wide lens at a reasonably fast speed certainly has some uses and not too expensive either… Wonder just how good it is?

    • Aldo

      I know its C for some languages but not English

      • bjrichus

        Its the USA web site in ENGLISH. Someone who actually uses the language properly should proof read it first. Its simply being courteous to your clients.

        In addition, does this indicate how much (or little) attention to detail they put in to the product itself? We will have to wait and see, but its not a good sign in my view and a slip up that should have been caught and corrected by a decent marketing department/advertising or web development firm.

  • drpeters

    I would rank Korean made lenses below Chinese, which is of course, beneath Japanese. My only Korean lens is the not-sharp Carenar 35mm f/2.8 manual focus, cheap, tiny thing.

    • Sebastian

      Maybe a bit of an oversimplification, don’t you think?

      • drpeters

        I provided a caveat.

        • Sebastian

          That was my point: Generalization on the basis of a sample size of 1 is not a good idea.

    • TwoStrayCats

      Wait until you test a North Korean lens.

    • peter w

      Read a bit about Irix and try again.

      • drpeters

        I typed that after reading.

  • FountainHead

    Very interested in 11mm.

  • Daniel Han

    Abysmal glaring, IQ isn’t that great… another Samyang rename. Oh well, $449 isn’t that expensive for a 15mm. f2.4? Too lazy to calculate how much it differs from f2.8. Oh and also the T-stop is somewhere near f2.9 (friend in China tested a sample already).

    The Laowa 12mm is far, far, far better.

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