Irix Launches Cine Lens Kits – AKA Why Do Cinematographers Buy $7,500 Lens Kits?
It’s always good to have a choice of lenses with you at all times – that way you always have the range you need to achieve the most cinematic shot possible. And that’s where the Irix line of lens sets for movie makers comes in.
Irix now offers three types of lens sets that offer 4 or 5 lenses, covering a wide range from 11mm to 150mm, as well as a custom protective case for easy transport between shots and even filters for lenses, ensuring there’s a set to suit every budget and cinematic style.
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The first set is the Cine Entry set, designed to offer the widest range for those just starting out in their career as a professional filmmaker, and it also benefits from being a complete T1.5 kit – so it can be used even in most difficult situations. the most difficult lighting conditions.
The kit includes the Irix Cine 21mm T1.5, Irix Cine 30mm T1.5 lenses and an Irix Cine 45mm T1.5 lens, and can be purchased in a selection of mount options such as Canon EF, Canon RF , L-mount, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z, PL-mount and Sony E-mount, and is priced at $4,713 / £3,514 / AU$6,519.
Another offering is what Irix calls the Extreme, which offers an Irix Cine 11mm T4.3, the T1.5 21mm, 30mm and 45mm, as well as the Irix Cine 150mm T3.0. It’s available in the same fitment options, priced at $7,438 / £5,546 / AU$10,289.
Last, but not least, is the Complete Film Production Kit, suitable for professionals who need to cover all shooting situations. This kit is identical to the Extreme, except the ultra-wide 11mm T4.3 is replaced by the shorter but faster Irix Cine 15mm T2.6, again offered in all mounts and priced at $7,438 / £5,546 / AU$10,289.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “That’s a ton of money to spend all at once.” And you’d be absolutely right – but what it does offer is a quick investment in your career as a filmmaker. There will be endless shots when you want to have a wider lens in your kit bag, or a little more reach just to get better detail recorded, without moving the whole camera.
But above all, when you buy a set of lenses, you get a big discount by buying in bulk. Yes, that’s a lot of money, but if you wanted to buy the Cine Starter Kit lenses individually, you’d pay an extra $736 / £550 / AU$1,018 – and that’s without getting the carrying case custom and all filters included.
No matter your skill level, in these three kits there is something for every cinematographer. Yes, they may seem expensive, but cinema is a multi-billion dollar expensive industry – and with that in mind, for what you get, this is a great deal from Irix. And if you’re not sure which one would be right for you, I would personally choose the Cine starter set; with their fast T1.5 apertures and good focal length, they should have you covered for a wide range of shots.
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