Irix 15mm f/2.4 Fire­fly £425, $480 www.ir­ixlens.com

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Irix is a no­table new­comer in the world of ul­tra-wide primes, blend­ing Swiss de­sign with Korean man­u­fac­ture. The 15mm Fire­fly lacks aut­o­fo­cus, but will com­mu­ni­cate with your Nikon in the stan­dard PASM shoot­ing modes. It fea­tures two as­pher­i­cal, two ex­tra-low dis­per­sion and two high re­frac­tive in­dex el­e­ments, which de­liver terrific re­sults, al­though we ex­pe­ri­enced a few ex­po­sure in­ac­cu­ra­cies with our test sam­ple. At f/8 the Fire­fly matches Nikon’s 14-24mm f/2.8G, while pro­duc­ing no­tice­ably less fring­ing and half the bar­rel dis­tor­tion. Ex­cel­lent er­gonomics round off an im­pres­sive pack­age.

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