Aquatica 30205 / SW8 Super Wide Angle Dome Port (Shade Included)

812 €

This dome port is meant for Micro 4/3 Series underwater camera housings like the Aquatica AE-M1 housing for Olympus OM-D E-M1, including also the Pocket Buddy Camera housing for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

This Super Wide Angle Dome port is suitable for the following Micro 4/3 Series lenses:

  • Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 ED
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm DIGITAL ED F2.8 PRO
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 MSC ED M.
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II R

The dome port has an integrated dome shade. The price includes also a protective neoprene front cover.

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Product Description

Along with its new line of housings for the Micro 4/3 series of Camera, Aquatica is proud to introduce the SW8 Port, specially designed to cover Super Wide Angle lenses such as the 100 degrees FOV* Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6. With these ultra wide angle rectilinear lenses, to get the best optical results, the use of a large radius dome port is required.

*) The actual FOV is also dependent on the camera sensor.

SW8-opticsTo achieve the optimum quality over the whole image area, Aquatica uses its legendary 200mm diameter dome port with an added twist. The SW8 port only uses the portion of the dome lens required to cover the field of view of these extreme lenses. Consequently, the resulting dome port is substantially smaller and lighter, while retaining the optical performance associated with these large hemispherical dome ports.


Whenever a dome port is immersed in a liquid, it creates a Plano-Concave lens element of its own. This additional lens element has the property of retaining the original field of view of the lens (as opposed to a flat port which will considerably reduce the field of view of a lens). One of the side effects of this optical phenomenon is that it creates a virtual image of the scene being photographed. This image is projected at 4x the radius from the optical center of the dome used. In other words, that scene is now projected at a much closer distance than it is in reality, and a lens will usually need to be focused close to its minimum operating distance.

SW8-virtualUsing an 200mm dome wraps the projected virtual image at +/- 30cm from the external surface of the dome lens, while a smaller dome port, such as one with a 150mm diameter, will force this virtual image to be wrapped a mere +/- 23cm away. This might be a relatively innocuous difference of distance in normal situations, but it is also common knowledge that the closer the focusing distance, the harder it will be to get adequate depth of field. At these close distances, such small difference does have a huge impact on the success of the images taken.

Once underwater, a dome port will force the light to radiate towards a central point. To obtain the best performance, this optical center should be located, as close as possible, where the optical center of the lens used is when set at its widest field of view. With the Aquatica system, a modular port extension system allows the SW8 port to be optically optimized to this position so that it can be used successfully with wide variety of lenses.

SW8_volumeIn keeping with the spirit of the housings it was designed for, the Aquatica SW8 port is compact, and because of its modular nature, its footprint in your luggage will be 1/3 the space than a regular 200mm dome port would require. This should be a welcome relief for the travelling photographers.


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