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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.
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.
Great lens and great build quality. They are Bluewater branded. Used on a Ikelite S100 and works really well, recommend highly if you need a stackable macro lens.
Well it's not all easy of course...everything's moving and the whole focus thing is new...But I did get a couple of photos I am pleased with from my first effort and very happy with the quality. Only problem is now I think I'm tempted to start stacking another one on!
The flip adapter was a perfect addition so I could swap between macro and wider angle photos.
Ive been using macro lenses extensively over the past few years and was looking forward to testing out this lens on a recent trip.
I use it almost exclusively as intermediary lens to stack another on top, and in this capacity it works really well because of the threads at both ends.
It is also refreshing to be able to use a macro lens which gives you such a wide field of view. With most others, you are forced to zoom in quite a bit to give you a field of view that is unobstructed by the lens housing. Not so with the Bluewater +7! I found myself really enjoying the freedom and versatility this lens offers!
I picked up the Bluewater +7 a little before a dive trip in November of 2013, and have used it on just about every dive since. It has a small learning curve as you get a feel for how it affects focusing (how much closer you need to be), but it's been a fantastic add on to my camera setup.
I currently shoot a Canon S95 in the WP-DC38 housing, which paired with this lens and a single strobe, has been working well for me, especially for SoCal diving.
I go to Florida every year to visit family and get in a bunch of dives at Phil Foster Park (Blue Heron Bridge). It's fantastic for long, shallow Macro dives (depths average 12 feet). So lots of light and lots of creatures to shoot. Love the ease of this Macro lens with my Canon S100 and water housing. The results have been great and have improved my photos.
The service at BWP was great too. The first lens i checked had a tiny smudge or oil on the inside lens and they swapped it out with no question. It also doesn't hurt that they are within 10 minutes of my place so access is easy if i need anything last minute.
Recommended by Scott, tested it at Lembeh.. Used it on my Nauticam RX100 with D2000 strobe. Amazed by the result myself. Friends are asking where i got my lens from after they saw the pictures. Lens can be very sharp.. Only time that is not sharp, its your own fault.
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