Irix 11mm f/4 lens now available for pre-order at Adorama



Adorama is now also selling Irix lenses in the US. The new Irix 11mm f/4 is available for pre-order (shipping is expected to start in mid-April):

Update: the Irix lenses are now listed also at B&H.

In Europe the Irix 11mm f/4 lens is listed at Amazon Germany (Amazon UK only lists the 15mm lens).

 

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  • HD10

    I almost squeezed the trigger on this but I will await a review by a competent and credible reviewer.

    I am still puzzled by the minimal weight difference of only 60g between the Firefly (730g, USD $575.00) and Blackstone (790g, USD $775.00) Version.

    • The sample shots I’ve seen look softer in the corners than the Laowa 12mm. But…11mm. And I’m surprised it’s so cheap! Might be worth it to buy and resell if it’s not up to snuff.

      • Would be a great wide option for the D500 or D7200 though – essentially a 16mm lens on those cameras and you don’t utilize the worst part of the lens.

        • …except I’ve already got a Tokina 11-16/ƒ2.8 that’s sharp into the corners on my D500!

        • Spy Black

          I think it’s a waste on a crop frame. Better off I think with the Sigma 8-16mm for super wide FOV on a crop frame.

          • Some of us like primes 😉

            • Spy Black

              It would be interesting to compare the Irix to the Tokina.

      • Viktor

        Actually the price is surely set according to the “not still known name” of the new company. No matter what the tested optical quality is, you have to have in mind that none of these lenses lasted for more then a year (?) I think it had first release April 2016 (not sure).

        I think they set the price fair enought to the market and to the possibility of gaining good sales numbers to build stable well known manufacturer.

    • Spy Black

      What bugs me a bit is that they engraved the markings on the Blackstone but silkscreened it on the Firefly. This means the markings will wear off over time. They could have easily engraved the markings right into the plastic mold. I prefer the plastic over the metal because the metal will be too fragile, and of course the plastic is lighter.

      • waterengineer

        “Fragile,” that is funny stuff.

    • 120_300 OS for nikon

      Hy there are reviews out at the moment even video on you tube made by Christopher Frost from GB.

  • 120_300 OS for nikon

    Ha to HD me the same Puzzling around and waiting also on the 14mm Sigma F1:8 for tested reviewed.The 60 grams is not the point for me but just 200 more or less and waiting for reviews in some months on the sigma 14 mm art

  • HD10

    Glad to note that BH Photo will also carry the Irix. It’s best wait for the link here at NR before ordering there so Admin Peter will at least get some credit for NR.

    • Eric Calabros

      Thank you for supporting our home.

    • Thanks for your consideration! In addition to B&H, I am also an affiliate of Adorama.

      • T.I.M

        Same for me, I order from both places, but mainly from B&H (I ordered the 14mm Rokinon Friday from Adorama, after 3 days it’s not ship yet)

        • Be prepared for some crazy mustache distortion. But it’s pretty sharp and flare is pretty well controlled, too. Lightroom handles the distortion if you shoot RAW. For some reason if you shoot jpeg this lens doesn’t show up in the Lens Correction panel. Maybe someone can enlighten me. Anyway, for the price it’s a nice lens and has made me a lot of money shooting real estate jobs.

          • The 15mm handles distortion much much better than the Samyang variant.

          • Spy Black

            I don’t know if Adobe ever created an improved correction database for the 14mm Samyang (their initial one sucked), but there is a program you can get for $25 that has a perfect correction of it and many other lenses. Also, if you have a lens no one has a correction database for, they will make one for your lens. The program is called PTLens, and if you’re curious, you can get more info and download a trial version here: http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/

            • Thanks. The issue comes up when I do a shoot for a third party that demands they be done in jpeg. If I am shooting for the end user, I’m shooting RAW and it’s not an issue. But, I’ll check out your suggestion, it sounds interesting.

            • Spy Black

              I haven’t worked with it for a while, but as best as I remember, PTLens only works with rendered files (TIFF, JPEG), and not RAW.

        • John Albino

          I’ve had the Rokinon for a couple of years, and though I haven’t used it a lot, I like it. Even on the D800 it images well. Seems to be pretty well built, and the lack of AF really isn’t all that important considering the wide DoF at all apertures.

          • T.I.M

            I just bought one from Adorama (on sale for $279) I had the $1900 Nikon version but it’s really bad in the corners so the Rokinon will do the job until Mr Nikon make us a decent 13 or 14mm

            • Spy Black

              If you find Abobe’s correction for the Samyang lacking, check out PTLens, they have an excellent correction for it: http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/

            • T.I.M

              I’ll use the 14mm only for fun and landscapes, for serious architectural pictures I have the 24mm PC-E witch have no distortion.

            • Spy Black

              You’ll probably have a different perspective of the lens (pun intended) once you start using it. 😉

            • T.I.M

              Of course the 14mm is totally different to the 24mm but for serious work I will wait until Nikon release a good 13/14mm (maybe this year ?)
              I had the 2K 14mm f/2.8 Nikon, really bad in the corners.

            • Spy Black

              What are you referring to as “serious work”, and what makes you think the Samyang wouldn’t be able to deliver?

            • T.I.M

              By serious work I mean professional results, when people pay for pictures they want it perfect.

            • Spy Black

              …and again, what makes you think the Samyang couldn’t deliver?

            • T.I.M
            • Spy Black

              Please, that’s easily accomplished in software. I do it every day in catalog production.

            • T.I.M

              Unfortunately it’s not that simple, Nikon PC lenses have an image circle way much larger than other lenses with the same focal, it is necessary to be able to shift the lens without loosing quality.

            • Spy Black

              It is that simple. It’s done in software every day.

            • T.I.M

              great!

            • T.I.M

              In other words, Nikon PC lenses are medium format lenses mounted on 24x36mm sensors cameras.

            • Viktor

              It does not work like this, that adapter is almost useless. Rather do the T/S in software – it is not professional and not the same as optical solution, but for amateur usage it is fairly OK 😉

  • Not that I’m cheep or anything, but wasn’t there some mention of a coupon code exclusive to loyal NikonRumors followers for Irix, and/or would that be for the 11mm or just the 15mm?

    • I was promised a coupon directly from Irix USA (most likely 5%) and was told that it will be valid for all Irix products on Amazon. This is all I know for now.

  • Adam Brown

    Adorama and B&H both have it as pre-order..
    Unfortunately for me, they are both New York vendors and I’m in state, so I have to also pay sales tax…

    • Dan Hart

      Just wait for it to list from their amazon store, no tax there (and 5% cashback with my chase amazon Visa + prime)

      • Adam Brown

        They charge sales tax in NY.

        • Dan Hart

          Only if the seller is Amazon. The irix store does not. Just got to the final check out screen.

          • Sawyerspadre

            It will depend on if the Irix store is in NY, and where the buyer located. If both are NY, it will probably add the tax.

      • If Amazon has a presence in your state, like they do in mine (major distribution center in AZ) then they do charge tax. That’s why I always order form B&H :). It all depends on where you live.

    • T.I.M

      I would wait for a firmware update on the lens before ordering it…

      • Adam Brown

        Why is that?

        • T.I.M

          Lenses made for Nikon by other manufacturers often have “bugs” because the manufacturer does not have access to Nikon cameras blue prints and after few months the manufacturer release new firmware updates to fix the bugs.

          • Even for manual lenses?

            • Viktor

              That is why I think it was not very good idea to make the Electronical apperture on these Irix lenses. Even Nikon is not much experienced with E apperture…..

            • The Nikon Tilt/Shift lenses have had electronic aperture since 2008. In the last few years they have slowly been adding more and more electronic aperture lenses so I’m thinking they have it figured it out by now 😉

            • Viktor

              Nikon yes, but they seem to be adding them very doubtfully. For T/S it was a need so you are right, we can expect Nikon has figured it by now…. but Irix?
              I would opt for the old mechanical way for Irix as I have also read somewhere they had some issues with it (not sure, unverified).

            • T.I.M

              The Irix 11mm f/4 for Nikon does not have an electronic aperture (Nikon call it E) , you can see on the pictures that there is a little black lever on the mount (like regular Nikon lenses), this lever active mechanically the aperture.

              http://www.thephoblographer.com/2016/10/31/first-impressions-irix-11mm-f4/

            • T.I.M
            • Viktor

              Yes, you are right, I have checked the Irix site and there it is only showed with Canon mount and mentioned “electronic aperture”…. but that is therefore only for Canon mounts, Nikon mount by the pictures you found is really with a mechanical one.
              I do apologize for that inaccurate statement 😉

          • That is typically an AF issue which these lenses don’t have.

            • T.I.M

              We can’t only focus on the fact the lens have no AF, there is also the aperture and the data transfer to the camera.

            • MB

              It says “electronic aparture control” on Irix lens site not aperture … probably the lens will break apart when you try to change the aperture from f/4 to something else because it is meaningless to do so on such a wide lens … 🙂

  • Eric Calabros

    Off​ topic

    New 18-55 patents registered for APS-C mirrorless.
    https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=US192956872

    • RC Jenkins

      These are mirrorless lenses….

    • EnPassant

      Good find! The optical construction is clearly different to all 18-55 lenses Nikon have been making so far. And the text mentions mirrorless!

      What I can decipher the actual data of the lens are 18.50-53.29mm and f/3.27-4.65. I guess they would sell it as a 18-55/3.3-4.5 lens.
      So a typical kit-lens for APS-C. Not such exciting, but at least a tiny bit faster than similar lenses for Nikon’s DSLRs.

      And there is hope Nikon finally will produce a DX mirrorless camera!

      • Eric Calabros

        interestingly the 3.5-5.6 one is even more compact, 92mm in longest length, assuming the mirrorless flange is 20mm, the real world size could be around 7-8cm.

    • Hmm…2014. So they’ve been at this longer than they’ve let on. Maybe this was something previously backburnered, coming to the fore with their stated direction shift?

      • Eric Calabros

        Filling date is 2016, they also refer to their 2014 patents.

        • RC Jenkins

          Yeah. So I think the logical next milestone dates would be:

          -Official announcement: 2017
          -Official delays: 2017-2018
          -Official cancellation: 2018

          🙂

          • Eric Calabros

            This time we’re dealing with delay BEFORE the announcement.

  • T.I.M

    The main issue with the 11mm f/4 is how to take a picture without having your feet or the tripod legs showing.

    • Spy Black

      A 126° FOV will not get your feet in the picture, unless you aim the lens down. It’s fairly straightforward to set up a tripod so it doesn’t show in the image. I handled this lens at the Photo Plus Expo, it’s a fascinating lens, and I may very well buy one.

      • T.I.M

        Use the link NR posted, $279 + free shipping (still active)

      • T.I.M

        never mind, I thought you were talking about the 14mm f/2.8
        :o)

        • Spy Black

          A 14mm won’t do that either.

      • T.I.M

        so how the 11mm compare to a 14/15mm ?

        • Stuart Crowther

          I think it’s 3° per millimeter, so 9° wider than 14, if that helps.

          • T.I.M

            I hope all these new ultra wide lenses will force Nikon to design a real good 13mm f/4 or 14mm f/2.8

        • Spy Black

          Other than wider, I don’t know how it actually compares. The 11mm was surprisingly well tempered, not a lot of distortion. A good chunk of CA at the edges, but fortunately that’s easy enough to correct for.

  • T.I.M

    I don’t know what’s wrong with my computer, it is very slow, and now it’s asking for money “waiting for cache…”
    Does NR accept PayPal donations (like Ken.R does)

    • T.I.M

      Peter, if you give me the phone number of the “Hot latin beauty” that show up on NR’s page adds constantly, I make a donation to NR, I can donate an extra Nikon lens rear cap (the older version. LF-1)
      :o)

      • We went through this already – the banners you see are based on your browsing habits.

        • T.I.M

          That does not make much sense (I know about the cookies) because it show Canon gear and I’m crazy about Asian girls.

        • T.I.M

          By the way, do you accept donations ?
          (your tips about new products release can save us $$$, I donate sometimes to Ken because his reviews help me choose the right gear)

          • T.I.M

            I found it!
            :o)

            • Thanks for the donation and for being a reader!

            • T.I.M

              Thanks for not calling 911 on me about all the stupid jokes I made on NR for so many years….

      • Aldo

        Stop looking for foreign brides… you already have a lovely wife

  • Does anybody have actual weights for the two different models? The Specification link on the Irix website does not appear to work.

    Never mind, it looks like HD10 has the weights in his post!

  • bgbs

    this lens looks like a beast. Aesthetics alone make this lens a killer performer.

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