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DCR-FE181PRO Fish-Eye (Full Frame) Lens

The DCR-FE181PRO/DCR-FE180PRO lens captures an amazing wideangle view of 180 degrees on diagonal line

Shooting a creative image or making the ultra wideangle picture? The DCR-FE181PRO/ DCR-180PRO lens captures an amazing wideangle view of 180 degrees on diagonal lines. It stays in focus during the whole zooming when attached to the zoom lens of less than 4-time variation. It's a completely new high definition lens made of the high index optical lens with a 4-group/5-element formula.

There will be no reduction of light value when this conversion lens is attached on the camera's lens.
DCR-FE181PRO comes with 4-adapter rings for 43mm/ 52mm/ 55mm/ 58mm filter sizes.
DCR-FE180PRO comes with 2-adapter rings for 52mm/ and 58mm filter sizes.
There is no difference in the quality of lens between DCR-FE181PRO and DCR-FE180PRO.
DCR-FE181PRO available in Feb. 2009


Specifications & Measurements
Magnification Nominal 0.24x
Actual 180-degree Diagonal, 0.24x Horizontal
Lens construction 4-group/5-element, Coated optical glass elements
Front Filter thread None
Mounting thread 62mm
Dimensions 68mm x 100mm
Weight 685g(24oz)
Accessories DCR-FE181PRO: 4-adapter ring, Lens pouch, Lens caps, Instruction manuals
DCR-FE180PRO: 2-adapter ring, Lens pouch, Lens caps, Instruction manuals


180-degree Field of View on
diagonal line


Resolution Power 480-line/mm

4-group/5-element lens design
Four adapter rings included

Compatiable with HD Camcorder

DCR-FE181PRO/DCR-FE180PRO are also suitable to 3-CCD chip or mega-pixel Digital Camcorders such as SONY HDR-FX7, HVR-V1, VX-2000, VX-1000, PD-150, PD-100, TRV-900,/950 Canon GL-1, XM-1/2.
Magnification when used with camcorder: Nominal 0.24x, 0.22x/Diagonal, 0.3x/Horizontal(Average magnifications)

A LIST OF ADAPTERS for your Camcorder filter thread sizes

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RA6243 RA6252
RA6243 F62-M43mm Adapter ring
for 43mm filter size.
(DCR-FE181PRO-Included accessory)
RA6252 F62-M52mm Adapter ring
for 52mm filter size.
(DCR-FE181PRO/DCR-FE180PRO-Included accessory)


RA6255 F62-M55mm Adapter ring
for 55mm filter size.
(DCR-FE181PRO-Included accessory)
RA6258 F62-M58mm Adapter ring
for 58mm filter size.
(DCR-FE181PRO/DCR-FE180PRO-Included accessory)

RA6272 F62-M72mm Adapter ring
for 72mm filter size.
(Sold separately.)

Cross reference table

Digital cameras cross reference table_デジカメ適合表

The DCR-FE181PRO/DCR-FE180PRO full-frame (diagonal) fish-eye lens is designed to get a 180 degrees wide angle view suitable with as many as digital camera models available in the market, and it may create a slight ' vignetting ' at the corners of the picture captured with some camera model set at the widest position of the zoom lens.(Pic.1) If you do not like to have the ' vignetting ' effect during picture taking, zoom the camera lens slightly towards telephoto side. ' vignetting ' means that the four corners or a corner of the picture is cut off or darkened slightly.
Depending upon the model of camera you use, the ' vignetting ' effect will not appear at all even set at the widest range of the zoom lens. The following models are the ones as far as we know at the moment. SONY DSC-F717/F707, OLYMPUS C-755UZ, C-750UZ, C-745UZ, C-740UZ, C-730UZ, C-720UZ, C-700UZ.
However, the image obtained by the cameras which do not create the ' vignetting ' may produce the image less than 180 degrees field of view.
With Minolta DiMage A200, A2, A1, 7, 7i, Nikon CoolPix5000 models, the 180-degree field of view can be obtained either at diagonal or horizontal lines, set at the widest zoom range.
The borderline of whether the ' vignetting ' may happen or not lies in the area of 37mm focal length (equivalent o f 35mm film format) of the camera lens. When the camera lens is set at less than 37mm focal length, the ' vignetting ' effect will appear, in obtaining a full-frame 180-degree field of view.
There would be a possibility of viewing the ' vignetting ' on PC monitor screen, even though it did not appear on the camera's LCD monitor.
Do not use the built-in flash while the DCR-FE181PRO/DCR-FE180PRO is attached.
The DCR-FE181PRO/DCR-FE180PRO lens weighs 685g (1.5 lbs) and it's a rather heavy stuff and may limit the way of shooting condition. Be careful in handling the camera with the lens attached, such as supporting or protecting the lens by your own hand.
Screw-thread pitch size is 0.75mm unless specified.
The specifications and cosmetic designs may change without prior notice.

The above is simulated Vignetting image and Fisheye coverage.

Exposing the conversion lens to a warm atmosphere in an instant way from the cold area may create some dews on and inside the lens. When it happened inside the lens, keep the lens in a dry area till the dews disappear before using. Repeating such situation may leave dirt spot-(mildew) and affect the image.
All of Raynox conversion lenses are proudly made in Japan. At our wholly owned manufacturing subsidiary, every stage of production is rigorously checked and tested so that the lens elements compensate effectively for astigmatism, distortion and spherical aberration.... for an excellent image quality.
The lens is neither made for dust-free nor moisture/water-proof.
RAYNOX® is the registered trademark of Yoshida Industry Co., Ltd. Tokyo. Other brand names and the models are the trademarks of their manufactures or their subsidiaries and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.


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