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Thread started 28 Jan 2017 (Saturday) 12:42
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Are Nikon 1 AW1 lenses "wet lenses"?

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Jan 28, 2017 12:42 |  #1

Are the Nikon 1 AW1 lenses designed to be wet to be at their sharpest? In other words, are they designed using an optical formula that makes them sharper or optimized for use underwater instead of in air? I am not talking about are they waterproof but again, are they "wet lenses", sharper under than out of water. There is a difference.

Anyone run into this question before? The AW1 was perhaps in error thought of as a digital substitute or replacement for the old interchangeable lens Nikonos film camera.

I can vouch for the fact that being able to see what you photographed on the rear of the camera whether that camera is a point and shoot, a camera like the AW1 or a camera in a housing, has opened up a whole new world for underwater photographers.


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Feb 01, 2017 09:36 |  #2

I just received an answer from Nikon. They state the AW1 lenses, the 10mm and the 11-27.5, are for use both underwater and everyday. This means they are not designed to be sharper underwater.

What I have done is order the Olympus FCON-T01, a 40.5mm threaded fisheye attachment that matches the filter thread on the two AW1 lenses above. Since water now does not contact the lens front element, perhaps they will get a tiny boost in performance.

I do mostly fresh water stream underwater photography where getting close to your subject cuts down on interference from high turbidity which seems to be the norm in Colorado from runoff.

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Post has been edited 4 months ago by fish_shooter.
Sep 28, 2017 19:56 |  #3

Water contact lens is the term used for lenses designed to be used exclusively under water. For example the Nikonos lenses other than the 35mm and 80mm lenses, which are amphibious.

Wet lens is the term used for accessory lenses that can be attached and removed while under water. For example there are wet diopter lenses that one can put on the front end of a flat lens port front. One example is the Macromate. See http://www.backscatter​.com ...derwater-super-macro-lens (external link)
There are also wet lenses for wide angle. One recent model is the Nauticam WWL-1. See http://www.backscatter​.com ...l-WWL-1-130-Wet-Wide-Lens (external link)

Hope this helps

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