In Review: Fantasea UWL-09F Ultra Wide Angle Wet Lens

Specs, features, underwater video, test images and overview of the new Fantasea UWL-09F wide angle wet lens
By Chino Mendoza

We have known Fantasea to be a producer of quality underwater housings, lenses, lights and accessories.  Recently, released their new macro lenses (UCL-05F +6 lens, UCL-06LF +12 lens and UCL-09F +12.5 super macro lens) and now Fantasea has released their new high quality wide angle wet lens, UWL-09F.

The new UWL-09F offers a very wide 130° field of view with zero minimal focus distance which is great for doing creative compositions, close focus wide angle and over under shots.  The lens is comprised of 5 multi-layered optic elements which provides excellent details and tack sharp images from corner to corner.  The build quality is also exceptional, the barrel is made from aluminum alloy and the dome is covered with a special coating in order for it to be scratch resistant. 

Read the full press release below.

 



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PRESS RELEASE

Fantasea and AOI introduce

UWL-09F HIGH QUALITY WET WIDE ANGLE LENS

Available Now

 

Fantasea and AOI have just released the finest wet wide angle conversion lens available – the UWL-09F

Built from quality materials and featuring the most impressive optic specifications, the UWL-09F delivers stunning results that have no competition. 

The UWL-09F wet wide angle lens provides an exceptionally wide field of view and a zero minimal focus distance, which allows capturing breathtaking wide angle and close-focus images that are super sharp corner-to-corner and great on the details. It is perfect for a wide variety of compositions, including seascape, divers, ship wrecks and schools of fish, without moving further away from the subject, thereby still taking full advantage of water clarity and artificial light sources. 

The lens mounts on the housing lens port and can be installed and removed during the course of the dive. It can be mounted on 67mm threaded lens ports and other dimensions by using an adaptor. 

 

High Optical Performance

UWL-09F offers unmatched quality with 5 multi-layered precision optic elements (organized in 5 groups). Images captured with the lens are exceptionally detailed and feature impressive overall sharpness. The combination of a super wide field of view (130 degrees) and zero minimal focus distance provide unlimited opportunities for image framing and creative compositions, including close focus wide angle and over-under (half/half) split images. Professionally engineered elements eliminate chromatic aberration. The AR (anti-reflection) coating on all glass elements assists in avoiding lens flare from the sun or artificial light sources.  

 

Durable Construction

Lens barrel is made from durable Aluminum alloy with black hard coating. The dome is covered with hard coating as well, protecting it from easily getting scratched or damaged. During development, the lens was thoroughly tested in extreme conditions (depth, temperature, salinity and radiation) to ensure resistance and durability on the long run. 

 

Rotatable Wings

Lens wings feature an improved design and can be rotated anytime underwater according to image composition without using any tools. Vertical and horizontal images can be easily captured without having the sun or strobes reflecting on the dome and interfering with crystal clear images.

 

Universal Compatibility

The lens features a 67mm thread mount, compatible with most housings available in the market today. Perfect to be used with compact, mirrorless or SLR housings. Two different adaptors are included with the lens, to ensure the best fit with all type of housings, sparing the need to solve ahead any compatibility issues or source additional adaptors separately. The base of the mount is covered with a rubber ring, providing a firm grip of the lens during installation and removal. Its narrow design allows using the lens with most lens holders, adaptors, bayonet mount converters, flip mounts and quick release adaptors.  

 

Accessory Package 

Lens comes with a secure loop installation kit and quick release secure line to ensure the lens is safely secured to the system even when removed from the housing lens port. Non corrosive front and rear lens caps are included in the box. A quality padded carrying case allows safe storage and transportation.  

 

Warranty & Best Service 

The lens includes warranty against defective materials and workmanship under reasonable use for a period of 1 year. If damaged, the dome of the lens can be replaced with a new one for a discounted price during the 1-year warranty period. In addition, Fantasea offers a professional and responsive service program. 

 

UWL-09F Specifications 

  • Description: Wide angle conversion lens 
  • Bezel Material: Aluminum alloy with black hard coating 
  • Lens Construction: 5 groups and 5 elements 
  • Magnification: 0.45X
  • FOV (Field of View): 130 degrees (using with a 28mm Lens)
  • Lens Coating: Hard coating on the Polycarbonate dome lens + Multi layer AR coating on all glass lenses 
  • Thread: 67mm 
  • Dimensions: 133.3 x 94.4 mm / 5.2 x 3.7 inch  
  • Weight: 1033 g / 36.4 oz 
  • Included in Box: Lens cover, lens carrying case and secure string 
  • Depth Ratio: 60 meters / 200 feet 

 

Comparison Images

 

 

UWL-09F Intro Video

 

 

 


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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