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IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Lens for Canon EF

BH #IR15028C • MFR #IL-150DF-EF
IRIX
IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Neutrino Coating
  • 1:1 Magnification, 1.1' Minimum Focus
Optimized for close-up shooting, the Canon EF-mount 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 from Irix is a medium telephoto prime featuring a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification and a 1.1' minimum focusing distance for photographing nearby subjects. A bright f/2.8 maximum aperture enables working in a variety of lighting conditions and also offers greater control over depth of field for isolating subject matter. The 12 element, nine group optical design features a Neutrino coating, which helps to suppress lens flare and ghosting in order to achieve higher contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
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IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Overview

Optimized for close-up shooting, the Canon EF-mount 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 from Irix is a medium telephoto prime featuring a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification and a 1.1' minimum focusing distance for photographing nearby subjects. A bright f/2.8 maximum aperture enables working in a variety of lighting conditions and also offers greater control over depth of field for isolating subject matter. The 12 element, nine group optical design features a Neutrino coating, which helps to suppress lens flare and ghosting in order to achieve higher contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.

Complementing the optical assets is a robust physical construction, dubbed Dragonfly, which incorporates extensive weather sealing to guard against dust and moisture. This manual focus lens also features printed focus distance and depth of field scales to benefit fast and accurate focusing, and a rounded 11-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth bokeh quality. Additionally, the included tripod collar has an Arca-type compatible foot for seamless compatibility with a variety of tripod heads.

Medium telephoto prime is designed for Canon EF-mount cameras, however is also suitable for APS-C models where it will provide a 240mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in a variety of lighting conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field.
Ideal for macro shooting, this lens offers a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification along with a minimum focusing distance of 1.1' to suit working with close-up subjects.
A Neutrino coating has been applied to limit lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by a positive focus lock mechanism to secure your focus position at any point to limit unwanted shifting of focus.
Depth of field scale benefits using hyperfocal and pre-focus techniques.
Included tripod collar features an Arca-type compatible foot for greater tripod head compatibility.
Dragonfly finish incorporates weather sealing to guard against dust and moisture.
Rounded 11-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
Includes complimentary additional rear lens cap.

IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Specs

Focal Length150mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View16°
Minimum Focus Distance13.58" / 34.5 cm
Maximum Magnification1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:1
Optical Design12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.43 x 5.31" / 87 x 135 mm
Weight1.85 lb / 840 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.05 x 6.7 x 5.4"

IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Reviews

nice lens, but not for me

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-06

i have to say, that i really did like this lens. i bought this lens as a fast telephoto w/ macro capabilities. i was using it adapted to the sony a9 w/ the sigma mc-11 adapter, so everything was being passed through. there were some aspects about adapting the lens that i didn't like, but in the end there was a major reason why i decided i needed to return it. some of the minor issues was build quality. the lens hood was very stiff and rough taking it off and putting it back on. the tension ring was also very tight and hard to turn it all the way...in fact, i thought it didn't work, but actually it just wasn't turned fully to the lock position. the rubber focusing ring could slide forward and back, and if you put pressure on it wrong while turning, you could press against the tension ring, turning it while you focus. some other issues was being adapted to the sony system. the aperture didn't close down until the picture was taken, which was common when i used my canon dslr, but not something i was used to with the sony. i liked it stopping down and showing the exact depth of field and focus in real time. the other issue was that it didn't communicate perfectly. unlike my other manual focus lenses, it disabled the focus magnification whenever i half pressed the shutter. i liked half pressing the shutter and taking the picture after making sure everything was in focus...with this, i felt i had to mash the shutter, which isn't ideal. but the biggest issue i had was the inconsistency of the focus ring resistance. initially, and after doing large focus adjustments, it felt like the grease loosened up. but many times while doing fine tune adjustments, the resistance went up, making it difficult to adjust the focusing ring in small amounts. this being a manual focus lens, the manual focus experience is the most important thing about this lens. i loved the focal length and the compression that came with that, the images were pretty sharp, and the price at $500, was nice. could i have gotten used to the focusing? maybe. but since i could also afford other more expensive macros, did i want to settle with the $500 lens? $500 is a lot that could go towards another lens that i could be even happier with, so i made the decision to return it and try something else. in summary... --things i liked-- + came with a tripod collar + 150mm f/2.8 (nice focal length and large aperture for smooth backgrounds) + image quality (pretty sharp with nice bokeh) + price ($500) --things i didn't like-- - build quality - tension ring resistance needed to be loosened up - focusing resistance was not consistent - lens hood was not smooth to take off or put back on - tension ring could tighten while focusing - not perfect compatibility with sony system (can't really complain too much here, as it wasn't designed for that system, and part of it is sony's implementation anyway)

Outstanding value

By Jeff
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-14

I purchased one of Irix first 15mm lenses several years ago and ended up returning it due to a manufacturing defect. So I was skeptical of their recent offers. I decided to try the 150mm Macro (EF mount) and am very impressed. Construction is top notch. Image quality is superb. The reach of 150mm is much easier to use for small subjects versus the typical 100mm offerings. It works perfectly via adapter with the R5 and R6. My only criticism is that the throw of the focus ring is actually shorter than I'd prefer. For macro work I'd rather have a super long throw focus ring so I can make tiny adjustment more easily. The throw on this lens is such that it is difficult to dial in absolute perfect focus. My R5/R6 manual focus indicators work with this lens but it can be challenging to actually align the little arrows (R5/R6 users understand what I'm referring to). Maybe my fingers aren't delicate enough. Overall I recommend this lens to any macro shooters.

Nice lens

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-12

The images are great and the focusing is wonderful - very precise.

Excellent with Qualifiers

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-11

Backgorund- Over the years I have used a variety of macro lenses. My favorites have been the Nikon 200 f and most recently, the Sigma 150 2.8. I like shooting with the 150-200 range and find that having a tripod collar is very useful in helping get the right angle for the shot. The Sigma was an older version which would not work with the Z series so I bought the Irix as its replacement. My impressions of this lens: Case- Excellent semi rigid Image quality- Outstanding Ergonomics- very good Works very well with z series- focus peaking is spot on. Overall- Great lens- Exceptional value for the $$ The qualifiers: The tripod collar is not smooth. I have to fiddle with it in order the change the orientation. On a z7, this lens is very front heavy and uncomfortable to use hand held. Not an issue for my style (always on a tripod) but this may be an issue for those who plan to use it as a portrait lens.

No Iris Control w Pocket6K

By Tim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

No f/stop iris adjustments possible with the original Pocket 6K. Iris control works fine with the Pocket 6K Pro.

A. Beautiful lens for Macro lovers

By Ivo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-17

One of the best lenses on the market for Macro lovers. It's well built and does the job.

Outstanding lens

By Stanley
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-19

This is a very sharp, very contrasty lens that is adaptable to both macro work and portraiture (although it cuts rather hard for portraits). The attached photo of the elderly man in the World War II hat (my dear father-in-law) was shot at f/5.6, and the photo of the poinsettia was shot at f/32.0.

My first macro lens, used for more than macro photography

By Florian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-20

I am new to photography, and I am not very good at it. However, I am interested with a niche related subject: astrophotography. With the equipment I have I can do both widefield and very narrow shots of the night sky, and I wanted something in between that I could also use on a day-to-day basis. This was the winner from all my options. Opening the box, the build and materials quality is above my expectations. As far as macros go, I still have lots to learn. The main reason I bought this lens for is astrophotography, and doing this it really shines. Shooting wide open the distortions are minimal, but stopping down to f/4 there is no noticeable fringing or coma, and the vignetting is manageable. Manual focus is not something that bothers me, but the extremely shallow depth of field did surprise me, so it took me some time to get used to it. All-in-all, for my experience level and the applications I use this lens in, it really provides more than I know what to do with.

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