Inon UWL-100

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Postby MOliveira » Fri May 21, 2010 5:57 am

Hello,
I have some questions concerning wide angle wet lens.
I have a Inon UWL-100 and my plan is to add the respective dome in the future.

The question is: What are the practical differences between using the UWL-100 without dome and with dome?

Of course, the main one is the widest FOV (90º to +/-115º), but my concern is more about focusing and DOF.
If i´m not wrong the UWL-100 alone doesn´t produce a virtual image, but with dome I belive that are some limitations depending the use of macro mode.
I already read the INON Lens comparing document, but I would like to know any opinion from yours experience.

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Postby James » Fri May 21, 2010 6:37 am

I have been shooting the Inon 100 plus dome for several years. I do not use a macro setting. I have no issues with focus or close focus or anything like that. The camera behaves as normal other than it has a tremendous DOF and huge wide angle. I love the lens and dome combination. it is heavy and expensive.

Cameras that I have used it on are the Oly 5050, Canon 570, Canon S90.

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Postby MOliveira » Fri May 21, 2010 8:13 am

Hi James,

As you can see on my other posts I have a Canon 590Is that have a 35mm equivalent widest zoom. So I belive, underwater, it gives me 88º with UWL-100 "solo", and around 115º with dome. Am I right?

In CFWA type of photo with dome, it is possible to focus around 5cm (2 inches) and infinity? using macro mode?
In Inon catalogue it´s writen that with dome I can focus from 0cm to 35cm on macro mode and from 35cm to infitity on normal mode.
But I belive that it could be more relative, because the virtual image bring the infinity (or distance objects) to few cm of the lens.

Do you have any experience about that?

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Postby James » Fri May 21, 2010 9:24 am

When the dome is installed the UWL100 becomes a semi-fisheye lens so straight diagonal FOV geometry calculations do not work strictly speaking but the DFOV you state seems reasonable, I measure about 126 degrees DFOV with my A570 and about 125 degrees with my S90. I am not saying those numbers are exact, just were what I measured from some informal pool shots.

http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/te ... _view.html

I have not felt the need to utilize a macro setting with the dome installed. I played around with it some but saw that some of my shots were blurred. Because I am not a big "macro guy" :lol: I may not be the best person to answer this question.

I should think that if you are wanting to place the dome right on a small critter and then shift the camera to macro and take a shot and compare it to the same shot in normal mode.

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Postby scottg » Tue May 25, 2010 7:25 pm

When taking wide-angle underwater photos you want to be behind a dome port if possible.

Behind a dome port, the camera will focus on a virtual image. Macro mode and non-macro mode usually have some overlap in their focal range, so either far work for farther away shots. I usually recommend to people that they use macro mode when shooting from behind a dome port.

I'd do quick some tests underwater to double-check which settings give the best results. One of my students has been getting great results with the FIX fisheye dome port, keeping the camera in macro mode.

I don't think you have to worry about DOF.

Scott Gietler Owner/Editor, Underwater Photography Guide & Bluewater Photo http://www.uwphotographyguide.com http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com

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Postby MOliveira » Thu May 27, 2010 10:08 am

Thanks for your help.
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