Irix 11mm Blackstone – Unboxing

Irix 11mm Blackstone - Unboxing - The Boxes
Irix 11mm Blackstone – Unboxing – The Boxes

Eventually has arrived, thanks to Irix Lens courtesy I’ve received a test-copy of one of the most intriguing lenses I’ve ever had the luck to hold: The Irix 11mm f/4 wide-angle.

In this post I will show the unboxing of the lens because it worths a peek.

After that, I will begin shooting like a mad in order to stress it to the maximum of its capabilities and find if this lens is exactly what its Producer declares : a photographers dream.

The Box

Ok let’s go. Once opened the paper box it reveals another box, metallic and serigraphed, really well designed which underlines a “next generation” flavour.

Irix sent me the Blackstone edition of the lens, according to the fact that several times I shoot in bad weather conditions or in extreme environments, like deserts or sea.

There’s another cheaper (and lighter) version of it, named Firefly, but being not tropicalized I’ve opted for something more robust. I guess the lighter version can be more oriented to indoor and architectural photography.

Irix 11mm Blackstone - Unboxing - Inside the Box
Irix 11mm Blackstone – Unboxing – Inside the Box

The Pouch

Inside the metal box, there’s an hard pouch, covered with soft cloth, it is shaped like a bell, or better, like the lens. Furthermore Irix, had the care to add a spare lens back cap, really usefull for disordered and rushing photographers like me.

Irix 11mm Blackstone - Unboxing - The Lens
Irix 11mm Blackstone – Unboxing – The Lens

The Lens

Once opened, the case, reveals a large lens, the sensation it gives is of importance and compactness, and the first impact once taken in hand, is to grab something stable and well built.

The cap has two security clips in order to avoid accidental openings, like some lens of other brands, and it protects a spherical high quality glass, which, according to what declared by the producer is provided with a sophisticated Neutrino Coating which reduces to at his maximum, lens-flares, chromatic aberrations and whatever artifacts a so extreme wide angle can produce (11mm its’ extreme).

Irix 11mm Blackstone - Unboxing - The Glass
Irix 11mm Blackstone – Unboxing – The Glass

The Glass 

Ok, for the unboxing is all. Stay tuned and follow me, or subscribe to the blog for the next updates and “on the field” tests.

I’ve planned an intense program of shooting in order to decide if this is the ultimate landscape lens for the true maniac of perfection or not.

Just to give an idea of the proportions when mounted I’ll attach a couple of shots made with a Nikon 16-35mm lens and with an iPhone 6s.

Anyway, feel free to ask any questions regarding this lens using the comments sections here.

Irix 11mm Blackstone - Unboxing - Proportions
Irix 11mm Blackstone – Unboxing – Proportions
Irix 11mm Blackstone - Unboxing - Proportions 2
Irix 11mm Blackstone – Unboxing – Proportions 2
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