SeaLife, maker of the new DC2000 underwater camera, is introducing a new Super Macro lens that allows for shooting distance as close as 1.5” (3.8 cm) with the SeaLife DC2000. Without the macro lens, the DC2000’s auto focus lens can shoot as close as 4” (10.15 cm). Gaining that extra close-up shooting distance allows macro shooters to capture stunning details of the tiniest sea creatures.
The new Super Macro lens
The Super Macro lens is constructed of optical-grade glass with broadband-AR coating on the inner surfaces to maximize light transmission and prevent flaring. The two-element/two-group optics features +10 diopter lens that shortens the camera’s minimum shooting distance by more than 50 percent. All the optics are housed in corrosion-resistant, anodized-aluminum frame, which is depth rated to 330 feet (100 m).
The lens has a 52mm thread-mount for attaching to any underwater housing with 52mm mounting threads. Included with the lens is a 52mm thread-mount adapter that fits onto any SeaLife DC-series housing, including the new SeaLife DC2000. The 52mm thread-adapter quickly and easily pushes on to the front of the SeaLife DC housing lens port for a tight, secure hold. Once the thread adapter is attached, the 52mm Super Macro Lens is simply threaded on. The same applies to any other third-party 52mm lens or filter. This universal design gives divers the freedom to use the super-macro lens on other housings [with 52mm threads] or use other 52mm lenses on SeaLife DC-series housings.
SeaLife will also be launching the 52mm thread-mount along with a 52-67mm step-up ring so users have a wide variety of non-SeaLife branded lenses and filters to choose from.
“With the addition of the thread-mount adapter and our new Super Macro Lens, the creative range of the DC2000 and other SeaLife DC Series cameras will be greatly enhanced,” said Bjorn Harms, SeaLife’s VP and lead product developer.
The new lens and mount will be available from mid-September. The lens with thread-mount adapter will retail for $129.5; the threaded adaptor for SeaLife’s DC-series housings will retail for $39.95; and the step-up ring will retail for $29.95.
SeaLife Underwater Cameras are made by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, NJ and were first introduced in 1993. In 2000, SeaLife developed the world’s first digital underwater camera. SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera in 2007. In 2013 SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system and its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm, and accessory system. By 2014, SeaLife introduced the Micro HD, the world’s first permanently sealed underwater camera, followed by the new Micro 2.0 in 2015. SeaLife cameras, lighting and accessories are sold and serviced in 64 countries around the world.