The new Irix 11mm f/4 full frame lens for Nikon DSLR cameras will start shipping this week

B&H and Adorama will start shipping the new Irix 11mm f/4 full frame lens for Nikon DSLR cameras later this week. The lens is already in stock in several EU retailers (Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FRAmazon IT).

Just a reminder that all Irix lenses are available in Firefly and Blackstone versions:

Just like the Irix 15mm, the new lens is offerred in two finish versions. Firefly, as a standard version is made of lightweight composite, provided with an anti-slip rubber coating and clearly printed markings. The premium version, the Blackstone, features a durable aluminum/magnesium alloy body that ensures rugged durability. Blackstone's engraved fluorescent markings reflect UV light to enable easy operation in low-light conditions.

Additional coverage of the Irix 11mm f/4 lens can be found here.

Here is a picture of the new Irix filters that will also be launched in a few days (more info here):

I already mentioned on PhotoRumors about new Irix Edge ND gel filter set that will be available in a month:

Additional information on the Irix 11mm f/4 full frame lens:

Technical data:

Image size 35mm ”Full Frame”
Focal length 11mm
Field of View 126⁰ (diagonal)
Focusing range 0.28 m (0.92 ft) - ∞
Focusing type manual with lock function
Aperture range f/4.0 – f/22
Aperture control via camera
Aperture shape 9 rounded blades
Lens construction 16 elements in 10 groups(4x HR, 3x ASP, 2x ED)
Front filter thread N/A
Rear gelatin filter slot 30 x 30 mm
Available bayonet mounts Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
Weight Firefly Canon 785 g (1.73 lbs)
Nikon 723 g (1.59 lbs)
Blackstone Canon 815 g (1.80 lbs)
Nikon 792 g (1.74 lbs)
Dimensions (D x H) Firefly Canon 103 x 118 mm (4.06” x 4.64”)
Nikon 103 x 115 mm (4.06” x 4.53”)
Blackstone Canon 103 x 118 mm (4.06” x 4.64”)
Nikon 103 x 115 mm (4.06” x 4.53”)

Update -Irix official launched the Edge ND, CPL and UV screw-in filters:

TH Swiss company informs about the official launch of Irix Edge series of screw-in filters, which consists of UV & Protector, Circular Polarizer and ND filters with various densities. These filters are designed especially for Irix lenses, but not only! The aesthetic design of Edge filters harmonizes with all Irix products. Since now it is possible to fully enjoy Irix 15mm f/2.4 functionality and its unique features. TH Swiss is starting to send the first deliveries of these new products to Irix dealers.

Perfect protection and high light transmission in Irix Edge UV & Protector filter

This ultra-slim UV filter offers extraordinary light transmission thanks to the high quality optical glass and multi-layer antireflective coating. It's additional waterproof NANO coating helps keeping the glass surface free of stains and water droplets. Irix UV filter also provides decent protection of the front lens under extreme circumstances. Irix UV filter has been designed especially for Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. It's low-profile frame and knurled edges provide very good grip. The additional waterproof coating helps keeping the glass surface free of water droplets under rainy weather.

Reducing the reflections with Irix Edge Circular Polarizer filter

Irix Edge Circular Polarizer (CPL) filter reduces reflections from non-metallic surfaces, emphasizes details and increases colour density of the pictures. Thanks to the slim and ultralight aluminium frame with knurled edges, filter is easy to operate through filter window and causes no vignetting on Irix 15mm f/2.4. The glass surfaces of Irix polarizer are covered by multi-coated antireflection layer that keeps the image clear and full of natural colors.

Diversion of long exposure photography thanks to Irix Edge Neutral Density filters

Irix Edge Neutral Density filters (ND) are an essential tool for long exposure photography and depth of field’s manipulation. They reduce the light that is passing through the lens by 3-stops (3EV), 5-stops (5EV), 7-stops (7EV) or 10-stops (10EV) and help creating astonishing and surreal images. Their additional waterproof and oil repellent NANO coating prevents from stains, fingerprints and enable using in extreme weather conditions.

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  • Spy Black

    Hallelujah, that was ahell of a gestation period. Hope lenrentals stocks them, want test them out further than the quick tests I did at Photo Plus Expo. Looks really promising.

  • July 4th is a filter day on [NR] 🙂

    Happy Independance Day for everyone in the US… and UK 🙂

    • Spy Black

      I guess it’s just the renders, but they look like glass filters. That would be adventurous.

    • Art

      Yes, Happy Brexit 1776!

      • lol 🙂

        • Andrew

          Typo: “oferred” to “offered”.

          • actually this was copy and paste from the official Irix press release, cannot blame me 🙂

            • Andrew

              Quick, change “offerred” to “offered” before anyone notices 😉

            • I did 🙂

  • Adam Brown

    I got mine 2 weeks ago from B&H, I’ll post some images soon.
    -Overall — excellent build quality except the lens caps don’t always stick tight.
    -Image center is super sharp. Edges are a bit soft even stopped down.
    -A little CA fringing but not bad.
    -For such a wide angle, distortion really isn’t bad. Though the effect of shooting so wide will curve straight lines if you don’t watch your level carefully.
    -11mm is REALLY wide, forcing me to re-think my composition.

    • cBBp

      How soft of edges? And how far from the center does softness set in?

      • Adam Brown

        Only the extreme full frame edges… Not unusable, but the softness is obvious if pixel peeping.
        Irix has Lightroom profiles on their website. In correcting the distortion — stretching the edges — the profiles leave the edges even softer.

        • Amir

          Meaning that this lens is almost a crappy product,thanks for review!

          • If you read the post correctly, it means that “this lens is almost a very good product”. If you compare it to 8-15, you are sure to be disappointed with corners–stretching the edges–.

            • john

              I’m thinking of 8-15 how good is this for single frame interior architecture photography? For non stitch subjects. Can this lens at 15mm produce non curved edges for interior single frame shots?

              I wouldn’t get IRIX there 15mm I got was crappy lot returned it in a month and got Milvus instead

            • 8-15 is a fisheye at 8 mm and would be having a good bit of distortion at 15 end. Certainly not good enough for architectural photography. I would suggest Laowa 12/15. They are 0 distortion and reviews are good. But as you have already got a milvus it doesn’t matter.

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    • Third Eye Studio

      I totally agree with you.
      I stopped down to f/5.6-f/8
      And I didn’t notice any image diffraction.
      The corners gets much better at f/8.

    • CERO

      The lens cap is also a problem with all my sigmas.
      I always wonder why they do not hold correctly.

      • A. I.

        Sigma has figured out the hard stuff like optics, autofocus, and OIS, but gave up when it came to the cap. You can literally shake it off the lens. It’s infuriating.

        • CERO

          I always wondered, do any other kind of caps fit on Sigma lenses correctly?

          • PhilK

            You can innovate.

            I used to use a tennis-ball can lid over the lens hoods on some of my AI-S wide angles. 😉

            • CERO

              HAH! clever!

  • navKristapa

    Quite late, it’s been out in Europe for few months already

    • Yes, could be – the info I got was for Adorama and B&H in the US: the shipment is currently on the way. Several readers have asked me about it in the past few weeks.

  • chris

    Which one is better, Irix 11mm f4 or the Laowa 12mm 2.8?

  • Third Eye Studio

    I tried both lenses, 15mm & 11mm
    Both are amazing, to be honest I believe both lenses are better than Nikon & Canon ultra wide lenses.
    Better in cost, better in image results, better in weight, focus control and low light performance.

    • neonspark

      “low light performance” <-this is up to the sensor buddy.

      • ToastyFlake

        And the lens performance.

      • captaindash

        You’re thinking F-Stops. If this has a better T-stops then it could have “better low light performance” regardless of sensor.

        • Third Eye Studio

          That’s what I meant. Thanks captaindash

  • EarlFargis

    I’ll stick with my new Nikon 8-15mm thank you very much.

    • DSS

      These are two very different lenses. The fish-eye distortion is not desired by most people when shooting landscapes or interiors. This 11mm is rectilinear, which means distortion is minimal, while still maintaining an ultra wide view. Great if you’re happy with your fish-eye and it seems like an awesome lens for that, but if most of us wanted a fish-eye, we wouldn’t be waiting for this IRIX 11mm.

  • £750 in the UK, Ill stay with Nikkors, though it looks a great lens love the filter idea

    • DSS

      Nikon doesn’t have anything like this yet. The new 8-15mm fish eye isn’t exactly a match either, though seemingly a very good lens if you’re looking for that style of photography.

      • I like the filter idea, I have to use the Lee 150 system, and whilst the gel filters are limiting it is a good idea

        • DSS

          Yeah, would especially love to see a polarizer for this lens.

  • DSS

    Finally!!! Good lord… been waiting since beginning of May, and I’m sure others have waited even longer. The shipping date kept changing from June 16th, to June 20th, to “end of” June, to nothing in July. Either it’s coming this late because they wanted to make sure good quality standards were maintained with each lens sold, or they weren’t prepared for the demand and have been rushing to meet it. I guess only one way to find out when I finally receive mine in the mail.

  • tomskyphoto

    It’s just that I can’t imagine manually focusing this baby on a modern AF DSLR would be a really pleasant and fast process. Think you’d have to rely heavily on the “green dot” for assisting precise focus as the microscopically shrunk image in the viewfinder on the less than ideal matte screen will most likely not provide many visual cues at all.

    Even with my eyesight still being somewhat acceptable despite age and wearing glasses I usually have a hell of a time trying to precisely focus my 16mm/3.5 fisheye or the 15mm/3.5 wide angle on the 810. With the Df and its retrofit MF screen however things are much easier and fortunately the Df’s resolution and image output is much more appropriate for this old manual glass than the 810’s merciless monster resolution.

    • navKristapa

      Yup, green dot is the only way to go with modern DSLR viewfinders and even latter SLRs like F100, once you get used to it, it’s not that hard. I often shoot with 50mm 1.2 wide open on D750 in nighclub and have to trust green dot 100%.

    • DSS

      It’s an ultra-wide lens. Most everything should be in focus even at f/4, and certainly at f/8 or f/16.

      • MB

        At f/4 the hyperfocal distance should be at around 1 m for that focal length … meaning that everything from 0.5m to infinity would be acceptably sharp … focus should be non issue on this lens really 🙂

        • tomskyphoto

          So why didn’t they just leave out the entire focusing mechanism? Apart from that your math is wrong when looking at the distance dials of that very lens including the hyperlocal markings.

          I’ve been shooting SWAs for a long time now and focusing these isn’t exactly trivial as soon as close foreground comes into the composition. IMO much of this “everything will be in focus” attitude is a leftover from the film days that simply doesn’t apply any longer in the era of high resolution digital sensors.

          Pretty much like the focal length/lowest handheld shutter speed reciprocity. You better double your shutter speeds vs. focal length on a high resolution camera for best results with a high-res sensor and you better look twice where you actually put your focus – even with an SWA.

          • MB

            You really should realize that photography is about prints, pixel piping at 200% is just a waste of time …
            I dont have the lens as wide as 11mm so I made an estimation, not based on a dials (because they are almost always bogus) but on some experience with 14 and longer lenses so maybe I am wrong about 1m hyper focal distance, but on a print I am sure that you everything will be in focus, if not at 1m then on 1.5m for sure …
            And there is no such thing as length/lowest handheld shutter speed reciprocity, if your subject is moving, like for example leaves on a wind, it will be blurred once you shoot at lower speed than 1/250 … and it also depends on a distance … so there is no simple math for any of this …

            • tomskyphoto

              Yup, no photography textbook ever mentioned that reciprocal rule of thumb for 135 format that the slowest shutter speed for handheld shooting with a given focal length is about 1/fl.

              Thanks for the laugh.

    • Set it a 4 feet and f/8 and you will never need to focus it – everything from 2 feet to infinity will be sharp even with a very small circle of confusion of 0.012.

  • David Peterson

    This could be an excellent lens (in Nikon F mount) for tilt-shift adapter use on a Sony a6500!!

  • cBBp

    bleh. Thank you for the samples. pretty stretched at the edges. as to be expected.

    • Adam Brown

      I can’t disagree. But most of the frame is excellent, I can live with imperfect extreme edges.
      It’s the profile correction that stretches the edges. I think I might not even bother applying the corrections in the future. The distortion really isn’t terrible, and may actually look better uncorrected.

  • Well it’s Friday of “this week” and it is not yet available in the USA.

  • They need to add a 6 stop and 10 stop rear filter to make the lens truly useful in all conditions for any type of photography.

  • DSS

    Mine still hasn’t shipped from B&H and it is now Friday. It still doesn’t have a shipping date listed on their website. This is taking FOREVER!!!

    • PhilK

      I have a feeling that this small/new company is probably still working on getting its production quantities up while maintaining quality.

      If they try to take a shortcut and start mass-producing lenses before they are able to keep the quality up, the negative buzz on the street could kill the company almost before they get off the ground. 😉

  • Now halfway through the next week and still no sign of Irix 11mm in the entire Western Hemisphere… Wondering where this article which said definitively that it would ship last week came from!?

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