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Old December 18th, 2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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Universal achromatic close up lens specs?

I tried to search the forums but ended up with confusing results.

What are the best/universal specs for powerful achromatic close up lens?

Those with minimal center to edge thickness diference and with shortest focal lenght? By shortest I mean focal lenght between 100-200mm.
Would 90% of clear aperture from 2" diametre be enough?

Which would result in sharpest edge to edge image?
What should be the distance from the (frensel) focusing screen, 50mm?

I have a source for high quality 2" achromats that are corrected for visible light but I should know the requirements first. Unfortunately those are more expensive than SGpro`s and therefore have no commercial value.

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Old December 19th, 2006, 06:31 AM   #2
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Hi Toenis,

for me I found this specs are ideal.

Achromat +10 (focal length = 100mm)

90% from 2" is too less - for HD you definitely need a 72mm diameter achromat for bigger sweetspot.

distance from gg to camcorder should be 35-45mm

Ive got a source for cheap achromatic triplets from Zeiss but unfortunately they are also 2" in diameter.

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Old December 19th, 2006, 08:23 AM   #3
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90% from 2" is too less - for HD you definitely need a 72mm diameter achromat for bigger sweetspot.
Thats not really true. I have tested both the Redrock and brevis achromats, which are 72mm, against the SGpro R2 achromat which is 51mm dia. Both the RR and brevis achromats had a hard time getting good edge to edge focus.You could get the centre in focus but then the edges would be blurred, or move focus so the edges are sharp but the centre is then blurred. Yet the SGpro achromat keeps focus the same across the frame, with peaking set on the camcorder, all the area of the frame 'peaked' at the same point on the camcorders focus ring.

Its more to do with the design of the achromat then overall size.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 09:00 AM   #4
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Hi again Wayne,

That's interesting - I've got the older 55mm Redrock Achromat, which is pretty good edge-edge but not perfect. What do you reckon the chances would be of retro-fitting my M2 with one of your Achromats?

I can see there might be problems with this as the M2 GG is quite a way further away from the rear casing of the unit than the SGPro GG appears to be, but it would be great if it is possible...
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Old December 19th, 2006, 09:04 AM   #5
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Dominic,

Bens SGpro is the Revision 1. The SGpro R2 has a greater distance between the GG and achromat/camcorder.

72mm black anodized rings are currently being machined, and I will be selling the SGpro's R2 achromat with threaded aluminium rings for 99. It will be a direct replacement for your current achromat im sure.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 04:38 PM   #6
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That sounds great Wayne - be sure and let me know when they're finished!
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