Precision 5" Dome
UnderWater Camera Stuff manufactures four versions of the Precision 5” Dome, each tuned for specific lenses. All versions are designed to work with the ikelite modular port system.
Having a dome tuned to a specific lens means that the images captured will be in focus from edge-to-edge. All Precision 5” Domes are manufactured using a half-sphere acrylic dome and use the lens nodal point to calculate the position of the dome.
The following table lists the lenses for which the Precision 5” Domes are tuned. Find your lens to determine which Precision 5” Dome is right for you. The table also shows the normal port options plus the port you will need when using a 1.4 tele-converter.
|Your Lens||Our Dome||Normal Port Options||Port with 1.4 Tele-Converter|
|Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye||Prec-5in-Nik-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Canon EF-S 10-22mm||Prec-5in-Can-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye||Prec-5in-Can-ike||5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM||Prec-5in-Nik-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED Fisheye||Prec-5in-Can-ike||5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED||Prec-5in-Nik-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED||Prec-5in-Nik-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 AF Fisheye||Prec-5in-Sho-ike||Included||None|
|Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||5510.24||5510.28|
|Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED VR||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM||Prec-5in-Nik-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Sigma 10 mm F2.8 EX DC||Prec-5in-Can-ike||5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM||Prec-5in-Can-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Sigma 14mm f/2.8 EX & SM||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye||Prec-5in-Sho-ike||Included||None|
|Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II||Prec-5in-Can-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Tamron SP AF 14mm f/2.8||Prec-5in-Nik-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Tokina 10-17 Fisheye AT-X 107 DX||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX||Prec-5in-Can-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Tokina 12-24mm f/4 DX||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Zuiko 7-14mm f/4.0||Prec-5in-Can-ike||5510.24||5510.28|
|Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye||Prec-5in-Nik-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Zuiko ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
|Zuiko 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5||Prec-5in-Nik-ike||5510.16||5510.24|
|Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6||Prec-5in-Tok-ike||UWCS-Port / 5510.10 / 5510.11||5510.16|
If your lens is not shown above, please contact us for recommendations.
Other lenses can be used with the Precision 5” Dome however your image results will be the best when using a lens for which the dome has been tuned. Because this is amodular dome you can use various ikelite port bodies to accommodate other lenses. All of the Precision 5” Domes work with full-frame sensor and cropped-sensor cameras. Since the design of these domes is based on the nodal point and the nodal point is specific to the lens, the camera and sensor do not affect the performance of the dome.
For those who like the technical details, the Precision 5" Dome has been manufactured based on calculations using the nodal point of each specific lens. The calculations define the distance between the lens nodal point and the dome. Adjustments are made to the dome backing plate (the black part of the dome) to ensure the dome is correctly positioned. You can see an example of these backing plate differences in the pictures below. More information to further explain the importance of nodal points can be found in the links at the bottom of this page.
Most manufacturers' domes are considerably less than a half-sphere and are not necessarily the appropriate distance from the lens nodal point. These domes are somewhat generic but work well with lenses that do not have an extremely wide angle-of-view. However to maintain focus across the entire image with a wide-angle lens such as a fisheye, you need a dome that is a half-sphere and the dome needs to be properly positioned in relation to the nodal point of the lens.
Here are some pictures of the Precision 5" Dome
Dome Front Dome Back Dome with 5510.11 Dome with 5510.16
Prec-5in-can-ike Prec-5in-tok-ike Tokina 10-17 Tokina with 1.4 Tele
Precision 5" Dome with Deluxe Shade, Modular Dome Port Lock and neoprene cover
Deluxe Dome Shade Deluxe Dome Shade with neoprene cover Dust Cover
More information on the ikelite modular port system can be found here:
Benefits of the Precision 5” Dome
Wider angle-of-view than either the ikelite 6” or 8” dome ports
Image sharpness that equals or exceeds the results with the ikelite 6” or 8” dome ports
Small size allows you to get closer to your subjects
Makes packing and traveling with your equipment so much easier
All of our domes are vacuum leak-tested
The Precision 5" Dome has been comparison-tested to the ikelite 6" dome port 5503 and the ikelite 8" dome port 5510.45. Below are several comparison pictures. All of the pictures were taken with an ikelite-housed Nikon D90 camera and a Tokina 10-17 lens. The lens was set at 10mm and f/11 with the camera set at a speed of 1/100. The camera was at the same distance from the objects for all of the shots.
The pictures on the left show the full image. The pictures in the center are a rotated crop of the extreme right side of the full image. The pictures on the right are an even smaller crop of the center picture.
ikelite 6" dome port 5503 comparison pictures
ikelite 8" dome port 5510.45 comparison pictures
Precision 5" Dome comparison pictures
The pictures show that the Precision 5" Dome has a wider angle-of-view than either of the comparison dome ports. Also, the image it produces is more in-focus near the edge than the ikelite 6" dome port and about the same as the ikelite 8" dome port. This is because the Precision 5" Dome has been specifically tuned for the associated wide-angle lens. More information on this tuning can be found in the following links.
Wetpixel: Thoughts on Mini Domes
Creative Illusions Photography: T1017M5 Port for Nexus Housings
Wetpixel: Barry Guimbellot designs DIY small dome port for CFWA
I would like to thank Barry Guimbellot and Alex Mustard for all the research and assistance they have provided to make this UnderWater Camera Stuff project successful.
Precision 5" Dome with the Deluxe Dome Shade .................................................................................................... $425 USD
Also Included: Modular Dome Port Lock, a Dust Cover (to protect interior of dome) and a Neoprene Cover (to protect dome exterior))
If you are interested in purchasing the Precision 5" Dome, please send an email to Info@UWCameraStuff.com listing:
1. The item(s) you desire
2. Your contact information
- Email address
- Phone number
Once your selections are confirmed and actual shipping costs are calculated, payment can be made in U.S. Dollars via PayPal or Money Order (USPS or International).