Nauticam SMC Review
The Nauticam SMC (super macro converter) is a very popular wet diopter for magnifying the smallest underwater critters.
Standard macro lenses are able to reproduce small subjects at a 1:1 ratio, meaning the image captured on the camera's sensor matches the real-life size of the critter. This is the world of macro. Diopters come into play when we want to go beyond macro and enter the world of supermacro. The way we do this is through the use of diopters like the SMC or SubSee on the outside of our macro ports. This enhanced magnification makes the tiny subjects appear larger than real life on the sensor, helping to fill the frame with detail.
The Nauticam SMC uses a standard 67mm thread, making it easy to screw into most housing macro ports and adapters. For the smallest subjects, Nauticam also makes a Multipler, which essentially stacks two diopters to create more magnification.
UWPG Publisher, Scott Gietler, used the SMC in Anilao, Philippines on his Nikon D810. We've put together the photos below, including detailed insight from using the diopter, to show the beautiful images created with this supermacro lens combination.
- Brent Durand, Editor
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Scott's Nauticam SMC Review
This is a very high quality macro lens, and I highly recommend it for a dSLR setup. It is a little stronger than the Subsee +10, and slightly sharper. Casual macro photographers may not notice the difference, but experienced supermacro shooters will. I recommend using the lens with a flip diopter holder and a longer lens, like a 100mm or 105mm macro lens.
Chromatic aberration is not noticeable. Contrast is very good. Corner sharpness is not applicable to a macro lens, as the goal is not and should not be sharp corners.
Downsides are its heavy weight and high cost. All supermacro lenses take a lot of time to get used to, and I highly recommend reading my supermacro tips article. You will need to learn a new technique for holding your rig, bracing yourself, new buoyancy floats and possibly a new focus light to get the most out of this lens. Not to mention a new viewfinder.
Anilao Macro Photos with Nauticam SMC
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