Finding the perfect lens for your machine vision application can be a daunting task. The first question that you should ask yourself is, “what am I looking to achieve?” There are so many different types of lenses and setups. It might take some time before you find the right one. This blog post will explain how MachVis Lens Configurator software streamlines and simplifies the lens selection strategy and find out which machine vision lenses will work best for your application.
What is MachVis Lens Configurator software?
MachVis Lens Configurator software is a powerful yet easy-to-use application that helps you find the perfect lens for your machine vision task. It will help you answer important questions like:
How do I select the right lenses? How does my image appear on different lenses, and how much distortion is there? What field of view can I expect? How much should I expect to pay for the lenses that will work best for my application/What is the cost of different lens options?
MachVis Lens Configurator software has a configurable camera model which calculates exactly how an image appears on each type of machine vision lens. The distortion level, the field of view, and other important factors are calculated and displayed. These calculations can be saved to a report, printed, or sent to the system engineer in the form of an email.
The lenses offered
Machine vision is all about simplicity, which you will see when working with lens solutions; it’s easy-to-use and configures! They are different types of lenses, which are suitable for different tasks;
- Analog CCTV Lens – A standard lens with an M12 thread. Intended for analog cameras and CCD detectors (not CMOS). It is used to increase the field of view when using a camera without optical zoom function or in case that there’s no space between the camera/lens or the camera is mounted on a small board. Available in different focal lengths, so it’s easy to find the one that suits your needs, e.g., 0.35-70mm
- Digital CCTV Lens – This lens uses an M12 thread and fits directly onto digital cameras with C or CS-mount without any other adapters necessary. It has low distortion and a wide field of view. The lens has an optical zoom with digital cameras, and there’s no need for changing the lenses when switching from one magnification ratio to another. Available focal lengths vary between 0,47-13mm.
- Industrial Lens – This fixed focus industrial lens works well with CCD detectors (and CMOS sensors). It has an M12 thread and is available in different focal lengths.
- M-Mount Lens – This lens fits directly onto our CMOS cameras with Micro Four Thirds mount, which means that you don’t need any other adapters to use this type of lenses. The focus ring can be used to either focus or zoom the image (with an auto-focus feature). This lens has optical zoom, which is not the case with our standard lenses. The focal length varies between 12mm and 50mm.
It’s Easy to Get Started!
It’s super simple for you to get started. Just choose what type of machine vision application you are working with (Analog CCTV, Digital CCTV, Industrial or M-Mount), then choose what lens type you are using (CCTV Lens – Analog/Digital/Industrial or M-Mount) and which focal length should suit your needs. You can also select the camera model that works best for your application; either an analog CCD camera with CS-Mount or a CMOS camera with Micro Four Thirds mount. You can also select the pixel size of your sensor (e.g., VGA, QSXGA, or SXGA) and if you work in NTSC/PAL format.