A wide-aperture 50mm lens is often one of the most versatile options in a photographer's bag, suitable for a lot of work ranging from portraiture to low-light events. A lesser-known option is the Irix 45mm f/1.4, which offers some unique features along with an interesting focal length, all put together in a rugged package that can handle a variety of tough shooting scenarios. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the kind of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.
- One aspherical element and four high refractive index elements for reduced spherical aberrations and distortion and increased sharpness
- One extra-low dispersion element for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased clarity
- Positive focus lock mechanism to prevent focus shifting
- Depth of field scale with UV-reactive paint for low-light work
- Weather-sealed construction
- Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh
Altogether, if you can live with the manual focus design, the Irix 45mm f/1.4 looks like a versatile lens that offers excellent color with smooth bokeh all wrapped up in a very rugged package. Check out the video above for Abbott's full thoughts on the lens.