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#1 edmond320

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:10 PM

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:04 PM

Hi edmond320,

Can I ask which part number you used to hold the Subsee Magnifier? It looks like an off-the-shelf part that was modified to hold the Subsee and it'd be handy to know which one as I'm considering the Subsee as a macro diopter on an ikelite D300 housing.

Also, how have you found the effect of the Subsee on your working distance between the lens and the subject?

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:35 AM

Good work Edmond.

Did you know that Reefnet make adapters for Subsee now?
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:59 AM

edmond320, nice work! Has it been working well for you? Interesting idea.

Hi edmond320,

Can I ask which part number you used to hold the Subsee Magnifier? It looks like an off-the-shelf part that was modified to hold the Subsee and it'd be handy to know which one as I'm considering the Subsee as a macro diopter on an ikelite D300 housing.

Also, how have you found the effect of the Subsee on your working distance between the lens and the subject?


eyecee,

The SubSee magnifier is a 100mm dual-element achromatic lens, so regardless of what camera/lens it is used with, the maximum lens-to-subject distance will be reduced to 100mm. There are some examples shots taken with the same setup that you're using (D300/Ikelite) with the SubSee and a 105mm lens here to give you an idea of what to expect.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:49 PM

edmond320, nice work! Has it been working well for you? Interesting idea.



eyecee,

The SubSee magnifier is a 100mm dual-element achromatic lens, so regardless of what camera/lens it is used with, the maximum lens-to-subject distance will be reduced to 100mm. There are some examples shots taken with the same setup that you're using (D300/Ikelite) with the SubSee and a 105mm lens here to give you an idea of what to expect.



this is cool stuff. how does the subsee magnifier compare with the inon type 165 macro lens adapters? are they similar, or different kettle of fish?
how do i get my hands on one? i'm based in Singapore
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:46 AM

this is cool stuff. how does the subsee magnifier compare with the inon type 165 macro lens adapters? are they similar, or different kettle of fish?
how do i get my hands on one? i'm based in Singapore


Since you asked....the SubSee is almost twice as powerful as the Inon UCL 165. It is a 100mm lens (i.e. +10 diopter) compared to the Inon UCL 165 which is 165mm (i.e. +6.06 diopter). As mentioned in my previous post, the SubSee is a dual-element achromat (peripheral distortion and chromatic aberrations corrected). The Inon uses a pair of plano-convex lenses whose optical characteristics I'm not familiar with, so can't confidently comment on it.

There's much more detail about the SubSee/Adapters on our website, along with some comparison photos. You can place an order online if you're interested, and shipping to Singapore is not a problem.

If you've got other questions, send me a PM or email me... something doesn't feel right about using this forum to blatantly promote our stuff.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:19 PM

Just wanted to say that I got to try the Subsee+Adapter about two months ago. I met Keri from Reefnet on the Epson underwater photography competition in Eilat (Israel) and he let me try out this lens for a couple of days. After the first dive i decided that I must get one. My set is already here, waiting for me to find a free weekend to try it out...

It takes some time to get used to, but the results are great. The adapter is very convenient and it's designed so you don't need to think were to put the lens when you're not using it (a problem I had with the woody-diopter).

(P.S - much to my surprise, there's an adapter to the old Ikelite macro ports. That's the one I'm using).

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 02:34 PM



Hi, the above link shows a clip of macro shooting of a nudibranch at Mabul,Sipadan.
The mount ring for the subsee magnifier was custom made by my friend and connected with my Aditech housing with loc line snake arm. It can be flip in and out easily.
I try it on my flat port and it works fantastic. Very very powerful, close to object and easy to focus.
I have installed another longer arm to the Phatom WP 80 wide angle port. The subsee magnifier works nicely in front of the wide angle port. Shooting macro image and I don't need to change back to flat port.
Well in fact I can't change port underwater with the Aditech housing.
So, now I can have a wide angle port while I can still take macro shoot with the subsee magnifier. Wonderful !!

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 02:47 PM

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 04:28 AM

Hi Edmond320!
Like your arm set-up..
I too have made some DIY AD's..1xINON AD, 1x46mm AD and a HAMA 37mm AD.
All based one a 5cm Diameter plastic plumming part witch fits right over the F30 uw-housing port.
I'd use the extra arm(3) for my focus light rather than the Subsee linse.(as I have two Ike 50)
I'd recomende the pluming AD...all you have to do extra is make one that sits on your flex arm (like the INON) for when your not shooting macro...
anyway that's my humble oppinion...how ever I can see the easy on/off use of you system..so I might consider some sort of swinging meckanisem in stead of the screw in solutions I've use so fare..
Love this sektion of the Forum...lots og great inspration for Home made solutions on allmost any thing!!
Again Great artikel and nice pic's...
Pleas poste some of your pic's using the Subsee macro!!!
Happy shooting to all!
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