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#1 pbalves


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:29 AM



I am thinking about adding a super macro capability to my system. I know that there are some other topics with some discussion about the subjet. But in none there is a comparison of the different macro lens available.


Has anyone made a comparison/review of the most known macro wetlens available:

                - Inon UCL-165

                - Subsee +5 and +10

                - Aquatica Close Up +5 and +10

                - Nauticam SMC +10

                - Others


What should be the way:

                - 1.4 TC and  a wetlens +5

                - a wetlens +5 and a +10

                a wetlens +10 alone


What would be the best buy (if it makes a difference) for the different system groups:

                - a compact system

                - a SLR cropped sensor

                - a SLR full frame


If you have a limited budget, what should be the preference for the purchase:

                - first the +5, then the +10

                - first the +10, then the +5

                - the +10 should be enough

                - the +5 should be enough

                - go the TC way


Does the flip adapters pay off?




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Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:53 AM

For my Aquatica I have both the Subsee and Aquatica systems.  Optically, I think they are comparable, but the mounting system for the Subsee is inferior (this is why I switched to Aquatica).  The Subsee mounting ring for Aquatica has no lock opposite the hinge that swings the diopter away.  The thumbscrew tension is the only thing holding the lens from swinging out.  This gives out over time because of the soft plastic used for manufacture.  I started having problems with this after only 10 dives!  In contrast, the Subsee mounting ring that is compatible with Ikelite has a twist lock opposite the hinge, and gave me no problems for years.  So optically similar, but Subsee is not so good if you are putting it on an Aquatica housing.  I would buy the 10+ diopter before the 5+.

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 03:22 PM

Thanks diverdoug1


Does anyone have tried SAGA wet lens? How does that compares with the other ones? (the +10 diopter one)

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 04:36 AM

The Fit diopters are of intermediate strength and easy to use...


... just to add more to the mix!


Fit +8D (equivalent to Subsee +5D) with step-up adaptor:


Fit +8.jpeg


Pygmy seahorse, Lembeh Strait, 105mm + 1.5x T/C + Fit pro +8D


2013 Lembeh 43 682 Nudi Retreat 1 Hippocampus bargibanti Pygmy seahorse.jpg


I like the combination of a teleconverter and the option of greater magnification with the wet diopter. I think it's a good idea to set up for supermacro and not to switch between 1:1 and supermacro on the same dive, although the macro lens and the +8D don't change the setup and mindset too much. I do believe in planning the shot and diving the plan, if possible. My planned shots are definitely better than my opportunistic efforts...


... I really wouldn't start with a +10D Subsee: it's too big a step, too different a technique and the learning curve is very steep.

Edited by tdpriest, 22 February 2014 - 04:38 AM.