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'Dead 7' Trailer Finally Answers the Question: What Would Happen if a Bunch of '90s Boy Banders Were in a Movie?

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:57pm
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Watch Adele Try Out Twerking at London Concert

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:53pm
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Dolly Parton and Katy Perry To Duet During ACM Awards

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:47pm
Dolly Parton and Katy Perry have been added to the line-up of performers taking the stage at the ACM Awards [...]
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Mannie Fresh Talks Reuniting Lil Wayne & Birdman on 'Hate,' Says 'Everything is Not Resolved'

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:30pm
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Red Velvet Explores Their Velvety Side With 'One of These Nights'

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:12pm
Six months after the release of their funky, innovative album The Red, Red Velvet returns to the K-pop scene a little softer. The girl group that...
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Irix 15mm F2.4 'Blackstone' and 'Firefly' lenses for DSLRs to launch this spring

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:12pm
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Switzerland-based company TH Swiss has introduced the Irix 15mm F2.4 lens for DSLR cameras. The manual focus lens features a 'neutrino' coating that helps keep ghosting, color aberration and flare under control.

The 15mm F2.4 is designed for full-frame cameras. It offers a minimum focusing distance of 28cm/11in, and the focus ring provides a 'click' tactile feedback when focused to infinity. The lens is composed of 15 elements in 11 groups. Three of the elements have a high refractive index (HRI) elements while another two feature extra-low dispersion (ED) glass. A pair of glass aspherical lenses ensure minimal distortions and aberrations while improving image edge brightness and overall image quality, says the company.

The Irix 15mm is offered in two varieties: 'Blackstone' and 'Firefly.' The Irix Blackstone features a magnesium and aluminum body able to withstand 'extreme conditions,' while the Irix Firefly model is, according to the company, the lightest lens in its class. Both versions of the lens will launch this spring in Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K mount; price hasn't been revealed at this time.

Press release:

Meet the Irix 15mm f/2.4. The photographers dream. Built by engineers and perfected by designers.

The new ultra wide-angle, rectilinear manual lens designed for DSLR cameras guarantees exceptional optical performance.

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is designed to deliver the best optical performance and match full frame DSLR cameras demands. Providing a focal length of 15mm, this new lens model is ideal for outdoor and indoor photography whether it is photojournalism, landscapes or architecture.

From 19 to 22 March, during The Photography Show in Birmingham, TH Swiss will be premiering new family of lenses. Visit Irix at Stand No F121.

Innovative technology

Combining capabilities specific to analogue photography with ingenious technology and solutions, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 is the perfect tool for both professionals and hobbyists. The new special features such as focus lock, infinity click and hyperfocal scale set a new level of manual lens functionality. Focus lock enables to lock the focus ring at any time enssuring the chosen settings. Hyperfocal distance scale gives information about the accessible range for depth of field for a given aperture simply and intuitively. When the focusing ring is set in the “infinity” position, there is a noticeable “click” (infinity click), making it easier to find the value without looking.

Extraordinary optical performance

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 meets the most demanding requirements of modern cameras. Thanks to sophisticated optical construction and special neutrino coating, colour aberration, ghosting and flare effects have been reduced to the absolute minimum, so the lens is ready to meet the requirements of the 50+ megapixel sensors of the newest cameras.

The complex optical system consist of 15 elements in 11 groups. Three of the lens elements have a high refractive index and two others have been made from extra-low dispersion glass. The construction also contains two glass aspherical lenses that are responsible for extremely high image quality and improving image brightness at edges, while minimizing distortions and aberrations at the same time.

With a minimum focusing distance of 0.28 metre and 9 rounded shaped aperture blades, the lens stands for supremely smooth out-of-focus areas. Working with a narrow depth of field it allows the user to fully enjoy the bokeh effect.

Resistant to extreme conditions

Irix 15mm f/2.4 lenses are made with extreme precision, allowing them to be used in even the harshest weather conditions. Each lens is equipped with a weather sealed construction that protects the interior against dust and moisture. Thanks to inner seals they are also protected from accidental water splashes.

Prepare for more and create

Despite its short focal length and large aperture, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 is equipped with not only a front filter mount, but also has a rear gelatin filter slot. The design of the lens allows the use of 95 mm screw-in filters at the front in the petal-shape lens hood and gelatin filters at the back of the lens. This ensures unlimited possibilities for image creation.

Personalize your view

For the comfort of our customers Irix has created two versions of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 to meet their personality and individual taste.

Irix Blackstone: classic design meets maximum functionality, achieving the perfect match of innovative technology. The durable aluminium and magnesium body ensures foolproof protection of your lens, even in extreme conditions. Engraved fluorescent markings that reflect the light enable easy operation in all lighting conditions.

Irix Firefly: high quality mechanism in a handy design. Ergonomic focusing ring offers the freedom to capture the most ideal moment, whether it is big city architecture or wildlife scenery. The most lightweight lens in its class. Challenge accepted.

Irix Swiss Design

Irix Swiss Design stands for minimalism in style while maintaining maximum functionality. It is a perfect mixture of European design combined with Korean precision. The same look and feel of all products in the Irix family. The same consistency, product packaging and complementary elements, all perfectly shaped and fitting one another.

Ultimate precision

Each Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens leaving the factory has been properly calibrated. However, the focus calibration function provides the unique opportunity to adjust the focusing scale for a particular model of camera.

Technical data

  • IMAGE SIZE 35mm “Full Frame”
  • FOCAL LENGTH 15 mm
  • FIELD OF VIEW 110⁰ (diagonal)
  • FOCUSING RANGE 0.28 m (0.92 ft) - ∞
  • FOCUSING TYPE manual with lock function
  • APERTURE RANGE f/2.4 – f/22
  • APERTURE CONTROL via camera
  • APERTURE SHAPE 9 rounded blades
  • LENS CONSTRUCTION 15 elements in 11 groups 3x HR, 2x ED, 2x ASP
  • FRONT FILTER THREAD 95 x 1.0 mm
  • AVAILABLE MOUNTS Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
  • DIMENSIONS (DXH) 114 x 100 mm (4.49” x 3.94”)
  • WEIGHT FIREFLY CANON 608 g (1.34 lbs)
  • NIKON 581 g (1.28 lbs)
  • BLACKSTONE CANON 685 g (1.51 lbs)
  • NIKON 653 g (1.44 lbs)

Pricing and availability:

Spring 2016

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American Country Countdown Awards To Feature Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:09pm
Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett are set to perform on the American Country [...]
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Drake & Rihanna Visit Make-A-Wish Cancer Patient in Miami

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:00pm
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Twitter Turns 10: Celebrate By Checking Out the First Tweets From Gaga, Bieber, Drake & More

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:00pm
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Twitter Turns 10: Looking Back at How the Music Industry Started Tweeting

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:56pm
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Rihanna Rules Hot 100 for Fifth Week, Ariana Grande Debuts at No. 10

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:46pm
Rihanna's "Work," featuring Drake, logs a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 2). Meanwhile, Ariana Grande blasts...
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CMA Announces International Award Recipients

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:39pm
The Country Music Association announced today (March 21) the 2016 recipients of the organization’s International Awards [...]
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Apple Releases iOS Update, New iPad Pro, Smaller iPhone

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:33pm
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Hear Dropout's 'Hollywood Horror' Wake-Up Call: Exclusive

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:26pm
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In Pictures: BMI @ SXSW

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:19pm
Performing rights organization BMI showcased several artists in a variety of music genres [...]
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10 Hot Latin Songs You Need to Include In Your Spring Break Spotify Playlist

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 1:55pm
Whether you're on Spring Break on a beach or stuck at home but still want to party, we've taken on the job of creating an ideal Hot...
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Industry Ink: Cor Entertainment, SOLID, WMBA

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 1:47pm
Cor Entertainment has signed emerging country duo Walker McGuire to an exclusive management [...]
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Method Man & Redman Reportedly in Talks With Pot-Finding Mobile App

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 1:44pm
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Ultra Music Festival 2016 Day 3 Highlights: Pendulum, Carnage, Rabbit in the Moon & More

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 1:14pm
Another show-stopping event has come and gone as we close the book on Ultra 2016. It was three-days of fast beats, loud drops, beautiful people, and...
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Sia Releases Captivating 'Cheap Thrills' Video Featuring Maddie Ziegler

Billboard.com - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:53pm
Maddie Ziegler continues her winning streak with Sia. Following “Chandelier,” “Big Girls Cry” and “Elastic Heart,...
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