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Bluewater Photo is proud to announce its new 67mm macro diopter. It is one of the top choices on the market for an underwater wet lens for macro photography.
The Bluewater macro lens is a high-quality two-element (achromatic) macro lens made of optical glass. It retains its full magnification underwater. The lens is UV coated and anti-reflective
The Bluewater macro lens is very low profile and has a male thread that is compatible with 67mm ports and adapters. The opposite side has female threads that can be used to stack two bluewater macro lenses for super macro photography.
This lens allows a photo of a subject less than 1 inch wide to be taken on many compact cameras. It is one of our favorite pieces of underwater photo gear.
A diopter is essentially a magnifying glass that can screw onto the outside of you port on your underwater camera housing. It does two things.
1. It allows you to get closer to the subject you are photographing by reducing the minimum focal distance between your lens and subject
2. It magnifies your subject, allowing you to take macro photos and capture extrodinarily small details in your subjects.
A diopter is great for macro photography if you use a compact camera or a mid-range kit lens like the Olympus 14-42 mm lens or Sony 16-55mm lens. All you have to do is screw it onto the front of your housing port and you can immediately capture amazing macro photos. This means you can take the diopter on and off underwater and shoot both macro and wide on the same dive!
The Bluewater +7 can also be used with a macro lens like the Olympus 60mm macro and Sony 90mm macro. A native macro lens gives you more working distance and traditionally better image quality than a diopter. However, when you screw a diopter on top of your macro lens, you can take super-zoomed-in super macro images. You can also stack the Bluewater +7 onto itself for super, super macro photos. Each lens that you stack reduces your working distance and makes it a little harder to find your subject and focus. It also makes your depth of field shallower. However, with a little practice, the results you can get with the Bluewater +7 are spectacular.
There is no best magnification level when it comes to diopter - there is only the level you need to take the photo you are trying to capture. For most underwater macro subjects, +7 is all you need. This makes the Bluewater +7 probably the most versatile diopter available when it comes to photographing macro subjects. However, if you know you need to take extreme super macro photos, then you might be better off with more magnification like the Kraken +12 or stack two Bluewater +7's. However, the majority of photographers, especially those new to macro photography, will be satisfied with the Bluewater +7.
Fantasea G16 + Bluewater +7 macro lens, photo by Joshua Musselwhite
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I've been using a Bluewater +7 macro lens for the last 8 years. It's helped my photography grow more than any other tool that I have. It really amazes me with the impact it has made in my imagery considering it's essentially a glorified magnifying glass. I started using the lens with a first generation mirrorless camera, the Olympus E-PM1, with the 14-42 mm kit lens. The olympus kit lens was very poor in quality, but when I combine it with the bluewater +7, it felt like the details started showing up ten-fold. Eventually, I started shooting with the 60mm macro and used my +7 only as a super macro tool. In this respect I still love it. I feel like I have an underwater microscope with me when I dive. I should put out a disclaimer though - the +7, as with any diopter, has a bit of a learning curve. It can shorten your minimum focal distance quite a bit which means you really have to sneak up on your subject. That being said, when you do get close enough it works wonders. Lovely colors and details.
The lens itself is great. I bought it to use with the Canon G12 Ikelite housing, so it requires an adapter. The adapter is very easy to use//although not as durable as one would like for a $60 purchase (which likely costs $5 to manufacturer as its all plastic with some threads). With that said, you get considerable port blockage unless the camera is more than 1/2 way zoomed in--it is difficult to control the zoom (in my opinion) with the Ikelite housing on the G12. If anyone has advice on this issue, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a review on the lens itself, the lens is great.
think of a diver who's taking pictures of a wreck, or reef, or a fish eye worth of scenery. And then he drops close to a tinny little creature he never seen or is so beautiful he wants to capture it in a shot. And then he wants just to relax and whistle (bubble) while fining. That's what I do! I chose the 67 mm +7 and Fish eye for a powershot 100 as a present for my son. Than I said I'll give a try and am having it as part of my gear since September last year. So handy to swap the lenses and clip it when I have other things to do. On a rebreather this is a bonus. Dyron proved soooo handy for macro and easy to put it in a pocket when looking for a wide angle shot!. Happy, happy. Thanks bluewater for advise! Angelo
A quality lens that is bright and crisp. Works great with my Sony RX-100 and Recsea RX100 housing. A must have for your collection.
In may 2013, for 3 weeks, I travelled to Lembeh with my Recsea S100 and a new toy : a Bluewater +7. It has opened a new world for my picture. I was able to take a whole new aspect of the critters found in Lembeh. Nudibranch pictures were now close-up of their antennas or any others parts of their body. I was able to bring back pictures of the really tiny world. I didn't have the quick adapter and I had to unscrew the macro lens each time I wanted to take a regular shot. I didn't think it would be an issue but I took 2200 pictures and abount 10% were normal non close-up. It meant unscruing and putting back at least 200 times during the trip. I will buy the quick adapter. So to resume, I'm very pleased with the diopter. It did the job but it showed me the limitations of my camera. I need to upgrade to 4/3 or a DSLR for my next trip.
Superb lens. Delivering good results with my new Sony RC100 in my excellent new Nauticam Housing. Use a 67mm Lens Caddy and can easily change between this lens and my Bluewater WA-110 Wide Angle Lens during the dive.
Bluewater staff were extremely helpful with the selection of these lenses and housing.
I purchased my Olympus Pen E-PL5 with Macro in mind, and after extensive e-mails from the USA to Australia, purchased the Bluewater +7 wet lens. The combination of a FAST autofocus in the PEN camera and the wet lens has produced some great results - far exceeding my expectations.
For an amateur underwater photographer, I found this lens to be great and easier to use than expected with a little practice. It screwed on and off my port easily enough underwater and I could stow it safely in my BCD pocket. With some patience, I was able to get a few shots on my new Nauticam (Olympus EM5) system that I was very happy with.
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