Now you can add filters to your Sony RX100 II/RX100
without a bulky tripod mounted adapter.
Using the Lensmate Quick-Change Filter Adapter kit, only the tiny receiver stays on the camera (it adds only 3mm to the depth of the camera). The filter/filter holder assembly bayonets onto the receiver for quick changes without having to thread the filter on and off. The filter holder is retained by a low tension locking system, so very little torque is applied to the lens barrel when attaching and detaching it.
There is no chance of flash blockage at any focal length (with the filter holder removed), since the receiver is smaller in diameter than the end of the lens barrel. It attaches to the camera using a 3M dual-sided adhesive film which holds tenaciously yet is easy to remove cleanly and safely when desired.
We designed the system so that the filter remains in the filter holder and is attached/detached as an assembly. The filter holder bayonets onto camera with less than 90° of rotation to the locked position.
The low tension locking system assures that the lens barrel won't be harmed by over-enthusiastic tightening (or loosening) of the filter. The ability to quickly change the filter without having to thread/unthread should appeal to filter users. You'll find that you're more likely to use your filters when they can be mounted and removed this easily.
The Sony RX100 II/RX100 Quick-Change Filter Holder kit
is comprised of the following:
- The receiver with custom 3M adhesive ring (Part 1 - stays on the camera)
- The filter holder (Part 2)
- Installation guide tube.
- 52mm clip in style lens cap.
- A hinged lid container for the filter/filter holder/lens cap assembly for convenient storage.
- Safe removal device.
See install instructions tab for video and written instruction.
RX100 II/RX100 Quick-Change Filter Adapter attachment directions.
- Best done at room temperature.
- Use the alcohol wipe to clean the front of the lens barrel. Use care not to squeeze excess fluid onto the camera. Allow to dry completely.
- Turn the camera on and remove the battery.
- Place the installation tool over the end of the lens.
- Peel away the clear backing on receiver across the part rather than up. Rotate it to the desire orientation, (we think it looks best with the "wings" on the sides, though their orientation doesn't affect function), and lower it into the guide tool.
- Once you press it down, there's no more adjusting possible (without removing it).
- Remove the guide tool and apply firm pressure across the receiver. (keep it in case you want to use it again). Replace the battery, and turn the camera off. When the lens is in the closed position, press firmly on the receiver and you're done.
Tip: The 3M adhesive is very secure when installed correctly and using a single filter. However, it does not do well with lateral forces. If you are using a camera bag place the camera on its back so you can pull the camera in and out easily without rubbing the front of the camera against the side of the bag, or remove Part 2 with the filter attached
Removing the Lensmate RX100 II/RX100 Quick-change receiver from the camera
- Don't turn the camera on, just remove the battery. Lay the camera on its back. Let the thread of the removal tool find the space between the receiver and the end of the lens. Loop it around the top half of the receiver and pull downwards as shown - it should easily separate the two.
- Don't reuse the same adhesive once removed as it's probably been compromised in the removal process.
This test was done using the Lensmate Quick-Change filter adapter on the Sony RX100.
The purpose of this test is to compare the built in macro mode of the Sony RX100 with some of the more common macro lenses/filters available. Included are the Canon 250D, the Hoya +7 Macro set (+1, +2, +4, and +7), the Raynox DCR150, Raynox DCR-250, the Hoya +10, and the Raynox MSN 202 and 505.
Basic camera settings are ISO125, Large/Fine JPEG, Custom white balance and the IS turned off. We used an aperture of f8 to maximize depth of field, which can be paper thin with the more powerful diopters like the MSN-202.
"Distance to subject", or "working distance" means distance between the actual macro lens and subject.
You can view a full size quarter crop (bottom left corner) which shows the corner, edges, and center of the image.
Except for the first sample showing the built in macro mode at full wide, each macro lens is shown at full telephoto – 37.1mm (100mm equivalent). This allows adequate working distance for light to reach the subject, and is also more distortion free compared to shorter focal lengths. This also avoids the vignetting some of these diopters exhibit at shorter focal lengths.
Mouse over this image to see the difference a polarizer can make. Note that the sun is to the side which is when the sky darkening effect is most pronounced. These are jpegs straight from the RX100 at default settings taken seconds apart. Aperture mode, the camera set the exposure.
Hover to see effects of a polarizer