Irix introduces cine lens sets, but why would a cinematographer spend $7,500 on a set of lenses?

It is usually beneficial to have a variety of lenses on hand at all times; this ensures that you always have the range you require to capture the most cinematic shot possible. And it is in this context that the Irix lens sets for movie producers come into play.

Irix is now offering three different types of lens sets, each of which includes either four or five lenses covering a wide range of focal lengths from 11mm all the way up to 150mm, as well as a custom protective case for easy transportation between shoots and even filters for the lenses, ensuring that there is a set to suit every budget and cinematography style out there.

The first set is the Cine Entry set, which is meant to provide the greatest versatility for individuals who are just beginning out in their professional filmmaking career. It also has the added bonus of being a complete T1.5 kit, which means it can be utilized even in the most challenging lighting circumstances.

The Irix Cine 21mm T1.5, Irix Cine 30mm T1.5, and Irix Cine 45mm T1.5 lenses are included in the package, which can be purchased in a variety of mounting choices including 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 option is what Irix refers to as the Extreme package, which includes an Irix Cine 11mm T4.3, the T1.5 21mm, 30mm, and 45mm lenses, as well as an Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 lens. Priced at $7,438 / £5,546 / AU$10,289, it is offered in the same mount choices as the previous model.

Finally, but certainly not least, there is the complete Cine Production package, which is designed for professionals that need to be prepared for any shooting circumstance. There are no differences between this kit and the Extreme, save that the ultra-wide 11mm T4.3 lens has been replaced with the shorter but faster Irix Cine 15mm T2.6 lens. It is available in all mounts and is priced at $7,438 / £5,546 / AU$10,289.

But… WHY?

Now, I get what you’re thinking: “Wow, that’s a lot of money to spend all at once.” In that case, you would be perfectly correct – but what this offers is a rather speedy return on investment in your filmmaking endeavors. Innumerable shooting situations can arise where you will wish that you had a wider lens in your kit bag, or just a little extra reach to get greater detail documented without having to move the entire camera system.

The most essential thing to remember when purchasing a set of lenses is that you will receive a substantial discount for purchasing in quantity. No doubt, that’s a lot of money, but if you wanted to buy the lenses included in the Cine starting kit separately, you’d have to shell out an additional $736 (£550) or AU$1,018 (plus shipping) – and that’s without the bespoke carry case or any of the filters that come with it.

Whatever your level of experience, there is something in these three packages for every cinematographer. Yes, they are pricey, but filmmaking is an expensive multi-billion dollar industry – and with that in mind, they are a fantastic product from Irix for the price you are paying. When it comes to choosing which one is best for you, I’d personally choose the Cine entry set; with their quick T1.5 apertures and long focal lengths, they should be able to handle a broad range of shooting situations.

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