First Impressions: IRIX 150mm F2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens (Nikon F)

The IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens takes the best of their high end Blackstone options and makes it more affordable.

At Photokina, the IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens was announced amongst the sea of other things, and if you don’t know a whole lot about IRIX it would be easy to miss them. They’re a company based in Europe and, according to the last I heard, their lenses are made in Korea. They create manual focus lenses that are high quality, have weather sealing, and include features in them many other folks don’t incorporate. And with their new IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens, they’ve included 11 aperture blades for super creamy bokeh.

Tech Specs

Our news post on the lens has all the details you want, but here’s a quote:

“The optical design consists of twelve elements – three of which are made of super-low dispersion glass (ED), another four of glass with a higher refractive index (HR), and the whole arranged into nine optical groups. Thanks to this construction, we obtain a close-to-zero distortion (at a level of 0.1%).”

Ergonomics

The IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens looks much like many of their other lenses. When you see the lens, you’ll believe this. The difference is in how it feels. The material on the exterior is a cross between their FireFly and Blackstone materials.

With the lens hood attached, the IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens gets really big. If you’re focusing to macro distances, I’m sure you’ll not use it.

The front element of the IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens is weather sealed, unlike some of the company’s Firefly products. To that end, you don’t need a lens filter to complete the sealing.

Build Quality

The IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens is weather sealed fully through–or at least that’s what they’re telling us. We’re going to need to put it through some abuse tests to confirm that.

Focusing

The IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens is manual focus. What that means is that you’re going to need to sit there and carefully focus it. If you’re focusing to infinity, IRIX has a feature where the focusing ring actually clicks into place. I imagine that focusing with this lens may require a tripod because of the motion of your hand that is needed to carefully focus a lens like this.

Image Samples

The version we played with is a prototype. And so we weren’t able to bring home sample images. Sorry folks!

First Impressions

Considering that we couldn’t attach the lens to a camera to test it, we’re still pretty surprised at how lightweight and well built the IRIX 150mm f2.8 Dragonfly Macro Lens feels. Many of their previous products have been fantastic in one way or another and we’re looking forward to testing this one.