Compact Macro Converter – Perth Scuba


Compact Macro Converter

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THE Finest Macro Accessory Lens for Compact and Mirrorless


Nauticam is pleased to officially unveil the second installment of a growing family of optical products, CMC-1.  The CMC is an extremely powerful super macro accessory lens optimized for use with both fixed lens compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.


Smaller, Lighter, Stronger


While the Nauticam Super Macro Converter (SMC) design inspired the development of the Compact Macro Converter, the new lens is actually more powerful.  The CMC provides more magnification than SMC with all compatible compact camera systems for which it was designed.  



As expected, the CMC  provides more magnification than any compact camera tested can achieve on its own, and does so with improved working distance.  This combination makes CMC ideal for tiny, skittish subjects.  Using the popular RX100 Mk III as an example, CMC-1 results in a magnification of 2.3X the smallest subject the camera is capable of photographing with no accessory lens (34.5mm v 80mm), and it does so with 1.4X the working distance (56mm v 80mm).  Results with the new Canon G7X are even more stunning, providing 3.0X magnification at approximately 2.4X the working distance. To achieve the same image sizes with sealed magnifying lenses +15 Diopter or stronger would be required, but no +15 Diopter lens can match the overall image quality of CMC-1. All while maintaining the smallest size and weight possible; a real plus for photographers in and out of the water.


Breakthrough Lens Design


Prior to the development of the Nauticam accessory macro conversion lenses, achieving “super macro” underwater meant using tools that were designed for in air use. These tools simply do not take into account the physics of shooting in water. Thanks to Edward Lai, Managing Director of Nauticam, the CMC takes a radically different approach: hundreds of engineering hours utilizing computer software to model a lens that complements an entire system - camera, lens, port, air, and water – as a whole. This accounts for the critical air-water interfaces in a conversion lens design to achieve the best image quality possible. The improvements are stunning, measurable and a new standard in underwater macro imaging has been established with the Macro Converter family.


Uncompromised Optical Quality


The Compact Macro Converter is constructed from lenses precision crafted of specially formulated low dispersion optical grade glass, ground to the most demanding standards. This means greater sharpness and contrast on every shot and extraordinary resolution rivaling a macro lens used in air. Broadband anti-refective coatings effectively reduce common optical issues such as chromatic aberrations, coma, spherical aberration, and field deformation associated with underwater macro photography using traditional magnifying lenses. This means superior light transmission, accurate color and no distortion and vignetting in the most demanding situations.  These exceptional optics are assembled in a rugged hard anodized aluminum housing, and nitrogen purged during assembly to eliminate fogging.


Avoiding Diffraction


Due to the overall superior optical performance and precision focus of the CMC it is possible to shoot larger apertures with excellent image quality.   This avoids reaching the diffraction limit of high resolution sensors, and allows selective focus effects with narrow depth of field in super macro images.


Also Compatible with Nikon AF-S 60mm Macro


While designed with compact cameras in mind, compatibility with larger formats has proven to be possible in some cases.  Nikon AF-S 60mm Macro (not compatible with the earlier SMC-1) provides 1.5 : 1 Reproduction Ratio when with combined CMC-1.  Image quality is excellent, even when used with full frame systems. This combination is extremely versatile, covering fish portraits, 1:1 macro, and now 1.5:1 super macro on the same dive!


Mounting, and Using the CMC


The Compact Macro Converter ships with the common 67mm threaded lens mount.  CMC-1 is has a protruding rear lens element, designed to place the  accessory optic as close to the camera lens port as is possible, providing the best overall image quality when used with flip lens adapters.  A flush mount adapter ring is used when attaching CMC-1 directly to an underwater housing, and is included with the lens.


Flip lens holders, available to suit most Nauticam housings and lens ports, provide the fastest and most convenient lens mount possible.  The lens is always threaded in place, and available to be “flipped” down as needed.


Recommended Compact Cameras



Native Lens


with CMC


Camera Min Focus Dist. Image Width (W) Min Focus Dist. (T) Image Width (T) Magnification Working Distance Increase

Sony RX100M2 40 mm 75 mm 65 mm 27 mm 2.8 X 1.6 X

Sony RX100M3 40 mm 80 mm 56 mm 35 mm 2.3 X 1.4 X

Canon S120 16 mm 48 mm 52 mm 20 mm 2.5 X 3.3 X

Canon G16 10 mm 30 mm 59 mm 19 mm 1.6 X 5.9 X

Canon G7X 23 mm 68 mm 56 mm 23 mm 3.0 X 2.4 X

Panasonic LX7 16 mm 52 mm 52 mm 27 mm 1.9 X 3.3 X

Panasonic LX100 16 mm 74 mm 74 mm 32 mm 2.3 X 4.6 X

Recommended Interchangeable Lens Systems




with CMC


Micro Four Thirds


Format Width Image Width Working Distance Image Width Reproduction Ratio Working Distance

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom (43mm Macro Mode) 17 mm 34 mm 73 mm 20 mm 0.9 : 1 14 mm

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom (50mm) 17 mm 83 mm 286 mm 21 mm 0.8 : 1 48 mm

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens 17 mm 62 mm 197 mm 21 mm 0.8 : 1 41 mm

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Ver. II R (42mm) 17 mm 70 mm 211 mm 22 mm 0.8 : 1 41 mm

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 17 mm 17 mm 98 mm 9 mm 2.0 : 1 22 mm

Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens 17 mm 17 mm 71 mm 11 mm 1.6 : 1 17 mm

Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens 17 mm 17 mm 71 mm 11 mm 1.6 : 1 17 mm

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (42mm) 17 mm 98 mm 307 mm 24 mm 0.7 : 1 49 mm


Sony E Mount


Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-Mount Zoom Lens 24 mm 75 mm 175 mm 27 mm 0.9 : 1 37 mm

Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount Power Zoom Lens 24 mm 92 mm 256 mm 26 mm 0.9 : 1 46 mm

Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens 36 mm >150 mm >350 mm 30 mm 1.2 : 1 54 mm

Zeiss Touit 50mm Macro 24 mm 23 mm 54 mm 16 mm 1.5 : 1 10 mm


Nikon F Mount


Nikon Micro-Nikkor AF-S 60mm f/2.8G ED 36 mm 36 mm 47 mm 24 mm 1.5 : 1 10 mm



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25513 67mm Double Lens Holder: For mounting two 67mm threaded accessory lenses on a Nauticam strobe arm


Details and Specifications

•Depth Rating:  60m

•Weight: .26 kg

•Dimensions: Diameter 70mm x Length 34mm