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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

UCL-100LD/UCL-100M67 Close-up lens

INON INC. is pleased to announce official release of new "UCL-100 LD" and "UCL-100M67" close-up lens on February 14th, 2013. They are designed to provide 100mm focal length (underwater) for high magnification photography yet high quality image, and effectively suppress vignetting even when using at zoom wide end of wide 28mm (35mm film equivalent) compact digital camera(*1). Two different types either 28LD compatible type or M67 screw mount are available to suit to your camera system.

・UCL-100LD close-up lens
--Release date : February 14th, 2013
--JAN code : 456212143 709 8

・UCL-100M67 close-up lens
--Release date : February 14th, 2013
--JAN code : 456212143 710 4

UCL-100LD

UCL-100M67

The UCL-100LD/UCL-100M67 is designed mainly for compact digital cameras to deliver the best optical performance on magnification, working distance and image quality.
The UCL-100LD/UCL-100M67 standalone magnification is equivalent to +10 diopter (focal length: 100mm) which is stronger than the combination of UCL-165M67/UCL-330 (equivalent to +9 diopter) but not as strong as 2 x UCL-165M67(equivalent to +12 diopter) thus best suited to underwater macro shooters.
While these new lenses can capture even an expression of small marine life at zoom telephoto side, a user can appreciate its comfortable working distance (distance from lens edge to a subject) for lighting together.
Comparing to stacked existing close-up lenses, new UCL-100LD/UCL-100M67 promises you dramatically clear and sharp results with less optical aberration entire image thanks to their optical construction.


■ Product features ■

  • 3 elements in 3 groups lens construction effectively suppress aberrations comparing to 2 elements in 2 groups lens. Inner optical surfaces (four of them) have antireflection coating to successfully provide superior quality images with high resolution and high contrast.
  • Larger lens aperture effectively suppresses vignetting even using at wide end 28mm (35mm film equivalent) (*1).
  • The UCL-100 makes minimum shooting distance short both on land/underwater enabling to get closer to a subject for close-up/macro imaging (*2).
  • The UCL-100 LD has lockable INON "28LD Mount" to support easy, speedy yet reliable installation on "28LD Mount Base" while the UCL-100M67 carries M67 screw mount to provide wide versatility.
  • The lens barrel has joint screw mount on its front side to hold another INON M67 series close-up lens for super macro imaging (*3)(*4).


■ Product specifications ■

UCL-100LD
  • Outer diameter φ76.6mm (3.0in.)
  • Length 36.9mm (1.5in.)
  • Mount system INON 28LD Mount
  • Weight U/W: approx.130g (4.6oz) Air: 243g (8.6oz)
  • Depth rating 60m (196.9ft)
  • Material/surface finishing Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy/rigid black alumite, PC etc.
  • Glass/coating Optical glass/inner surface anti-reflection coating
  • Lens construction 3 groups 3 elements
  • Focal length [Underwater/land] (*5) 100mm / 129.5mm

UCL-100M67
  • Outer diameter φ76.6mm (3.0in.)
  • Length 36.9mm (1.5in.)
  • Mount system INON M67 Mount
  • Weight U/W: approx.151g (5.3oz) Air: 269g (9.5oz)
  • Depth rating 60m (196.9ft)
  • Material/surface finishing Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy/rigid black alumite
  • Glass/coating Optical glass/inner surface anti-reflection coating
  • Lens construction 3 groups 3 elements
  • Focal length [Underwater/land] (*5) 100mm/129.5mm

(*1)
Using on land and zoom wide end setting will have vignetting. Crop an image after shooting or zoom in until no vignetting is observed.

(*2)
Not usable for a compact camera with large master lens or with super zoom function, or an interchangeable lens for SLR system.

(*3)
When using add on "UCL-165M67" or "UCL-330", vignettig will be observed at zoom wide end underwater. Zoom towards telephoto side until no vignetting is observed.

(*4)
Depending on combined camera/housing, stacking with other close-up lens could have significant degradation on image quality. For detail, please refer to "INON UCL-100LD/UCL-100M67 Compatibility Chart" linked in below section.

(*5)
Focal length of  "UCL-100LD"/"UCL-100M67" standalone and not combined focal length with camera’s master lens.



■ UCL-100LD / UCL-100M67 compatible product ■

This product is a close-up exclusively designed for standard compact digital cameras.
Usable combination of camera/housing for this product is limited as the lens is designed to deliver 100mm focal length (underwater) and high quality same time and suppress vignetting at zoom wide end setting.
Please check detailed compatibility information at below link page to see if your camera/housing is supported and add on close-up lens compatibility as well.

・INON UCL-100LD/UCL-100M67 Compatibility Chart
http://www.inon.co.jp/cgis/news/img/UCL-100_Compatible_En.pdf



■ UCL-100LD / UCL-100M67 example setting ■

UCL-100LD on Canon PowerShot S110 / WP-DC47 via 28LD Mount Base DC43/47

UCL-100LD on Panasonic DMC-FT4 / DMW-MCFT3 via 28LD Mount Base MCFT3

UCL-100M67 on Olympus TG-1 / PT-053 via Olympus step-up ring PSUR-03

UCL-100M67 on Sony DSC-WX50 / MPK-WH via M67 Lens Adapter Base WH

UCL-100M67 directly attached on NikonNikon 1 J2 / WP-N1

UCL-100M67 + UCL-165M67 directly attached on Nikon Nikon 1 J2 / WP-N1




■ UCL-100LD sample images ■

Comparison images

1. without a close-up lens


--Subject/shooting distance:
Ceratosoma trilobatum/approx. 10cm(3.9in.)
--Equipment:
Canon PowerShot S100/WP-DC43, S-2000×2(Manual)
--Photo data: 
Zoom middle (9.1mm), 1/1600, F8, ISO100, S-2000
--Photo by:
R. Hattori (INON INC.)
at Osezaki, Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan


2. with UCL-165LD close-up lens


--Subject/shooting distance:
Ceratosoma trilobatum/approx. 15cm(5.9in.)
--Equipment:
Canon PowerShot S100/WP-DC43, S-2000×2(Manual),
UCL-165LD
--Photo data: 
Zoom telephoto end (26.0mm), 1/250, F8, ISO100,
--Photo by:
R. Hattori (INON INC.)
at Osezaki, Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan


3. with UCL-100LD close-up lens

--Subject/shooting distance:
Ceratosoma trilobatum/approx. 10cm(3.9in.)
--Equipment:
Canon PowerShot S100/WP-DC43, S-2000×2(Manual),
UCL-100LD
--Photo data: 
Zoom telephoto end (26.0mm), 1/250, F8, ISO100,
--Photo by:
R. Hattori (INON INC.)
at Osezaki, Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan




--Subject/shooting distance:
Clown anglerfish/approx. 10cm(3.9in.)
--Equipment:
Canon PowerShot S100/WP-DC43, S-2000×2(Manual),
UCL-100LD
--Photo data: 
Zoom telephoto end (26.0mm), 1/250, F8, ISO100,
--Photo by:
R. Hattori (INON INC.)
at Osezaki, Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan



--Subject/shooting distance:
Three spot damselfish/approx. 10cm(3.9in.)
--Equipment:
Canon PowerShot S100/WP-DC43, S-2000×2(Manual),
UCL-100LD
--Photo data: 
Zoom telephoto end (26.0mm), 1/250, F5.9, ISO100,
--Photo by:
R. Hattori (INON INC.)
at Osezaki, Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan



--Subject/shooting distance:
Threespot seahorse/approx. 10cm(3.9in.)
--Equipment:
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT4/DMW-MCFT3,
S-2000×2(S-TTL Auto), UCL-100LD
--Photo data: 
Zoom telephoto end (18.3mm), 1/250, F5.7, ISO200,
--Photo by:
R. Hattori (INON INC.)
at Osezaki, Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan



--Subject/shooting distance:
Soft coral/approx. 7cm(2.8in.)
--Equipment:
Canon PowerShot S100/WP-DC43, S-2000×2(Manual),
UCL-100LD + UCL-165M67
--Photo data: 
Zoom telephoto end (26.0mm), 1/250, F5.9, ISO200,
--Photo by:
R. Hattori (INON INC.)
at Osezaki, Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan


■ Relative information ■

・M67 series attachment lensUCL-330 Close-up Lens
http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/ucl330/top.html

・M67 series attachment lens UCL-165M67 Close-up Lens
http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/ucl165m67/top.html

・Lens options
http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/option.html


February 12,2013
INON INC.


*Press release information is as of February 12th, 2013 and subject to change without prior notice.

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