Infinity-Corrected Tube Lenses
- For Use with Infinity-Corrected Objectives
- Available in Focal Lengths Used by Thorlabs, Nikon, Leica, Mitutoyo, Olympus, and Zeiss
- Designs for Widefield and Laser Scanning Applications
Widefield Tube Lens,
f = 200 mm, 240 - 360 nm
Laser Scanning Tube Lens,
f = 200 mm, 400 - 2000 nm
Widefield Tube Lens, f = 180 mm, 400 - 750 nm
Laser Scanning Tube Lens,
f = 600 mm, 400 - 700 nm
|Objective Lens Selection Guide|
|Super Apochromatic Microscope Objectives
Microscopy Objectives, Dry
Microscopy Objectives, Oil Immersion
Physiology Objectives, Water Dipping or Immersion
Phase Contrast Objectives
Long Working Distance Objectives
Reflective Microscopy Objectives
UV Focusing Objectives
VIS and NIR Objectives
|Scan Lenses and Tube Lenses|
F-Theta Scan Lenses
Infinity-Corrected Tube Lenses
|Zemax black box files (both directions) for all tube lenses except the ITL200 can be accessed by clicking this icon below.|
|Tube Lens Options|
|Tube Lens Type||Effective Focal Length||Available Wavelength Ranges|
|Visible and NIR|
|Laser Scanning and Widefield||600 mm||Visible|
|Visible and NIR|
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Widefield imaging tube lenses take the collimated light from an infinity-corrected microscope and focus it onto a camera, as shown on the left. Laser scanning tube lenses can be used in telecentric systems to scan a laser spot across a sample.
- Tube Lenses for Widefield Imaging
- True Imaging Lenses for Forming a Well-Corrected Infinity Optical System
- Apochromatically Corrected for Diffraction-Limited Performance Across the Field of View
- Better Overall Aberration Correction than Standard Achromats
- 200 mm, 180 mm, 165 mm, or 100 mm Focal Length
- Telecentric Tube Lenses for Laser Scanning and Widefield Imaging
- Infinity-Corrected Design
- Forms a Telecentric System When Paired with an SL50 Scan Lens
- 600 mm, 400 mm, 300 mm, or 200 mm Focal Length
- AR Coatings for High Transmission Through UV, Visible, and NIR Wavelength Ranges
- Compatible with Thorlabs, Nikon, Leica, Mitutoyo, Olympus, and Zeiss Objectives
- Diffraction-Limited Optical Performance
These infinity-corrected tube lenses are designed for use with infinity-corrected objectives from all major manufacturers, including the dry, oil immersion, and physiology microscope objectives sold by Thorlabs. Designed for high-resolution imaging, biomedical, machine vision, and laser scanning applications, these lenses can be aligned in pairs to create relays, combined with objectives to create different effective magnification ratios at a scientific camera, used as drop-in replacements for tube lenses in existing systems, or integrated into DIY Cerna® Microscopes and other home-built microscopy setups to generate high-quality images.
Standard Widefield Tube Lenses
Our widefield tube lenses are AR-coated for high transmission and provide diffraction-limited axial color performance for the UV, visible, and NIR wavelength ranges; see the Specs tab for performance data. Their effective focal lengths correspond to the design focal lengths of popular objectives (see the Magnification & FOV tab for details). The TTL200 series of tube lenses are specifically designed to offer a wider diffraction-limited axial color range than the ITL200 tube lens. Specifications for all lenses can be found on the Specs tab, as well as Zemax black box files for all lenses except the ITL200.
Telecentric Tube Lenses for Laser Scanning and Widefield Imaging
Our laser scanning tube lenses are optimized for laser scanning applications, such as confocal laser scanning, two-photon microscopy, and three-photon microscopy. These lenses create a telecentric system when paired with our SL50-CLS2, SL50-2P2, and SL50-3P scan lenses, for use in point-by-point galvo scanning of the object plane. These lenses can also be used for widefield imaging over their specified wavelength ranges.
Our standard widefield tube lenses for the visible wavelength range can also be used for laser scanning purposes when paired with the CLS-SL visible scan lens for example. However, using a standard tube lens in a scanning configuration will limit the unvignetted field size, since the tube lens must be placed at the telecentric pupil distance from the objective (e.g., 250 mm for the TTL200 lens), rather than the intended pupil distance of the tube lens.
Microscope and Objective Optical Compatibility
Microscope manufacturers design their systems with one of several standard tube lens focal lengths, including 200 mm (typical for Thorlabs, Nikon, Leica, and Mitutoyo microscopes), 180 mm (typical for Olympus microscopes), and 165 mm (typical for Zeiss microscopes). Similarly, microscope objectives are designed to provide the magnification engraved on the housing when used with a tube lens of the appropriate standard focal length. We offer infinity-corrected tube lenses in all of these focal lengths so that home-built microscope systems may make use of these industry standards.
Alternatively, objectives and tube lenses with different design focal lengths may be combined to create different magnification ratios at the camera without compromising the axial color correction. We offer four tube lenses with non-standard focal lengths that can be used to change the magnification of an existing system. To calculate the system magnification for different tube lens and objective combinations, see the Magnification & FOV tab.
Tube Lenses for Widefield Imaging
|Effective Focal Length||200 mm ± 1%||200 mm ± 1%||200 mm||180 mm ± 1%||165 mm ± 1%||100 mm ± 1%|
|Working Distancea,b||176.4 mm||148.6 mm||151.8 mm||151.8 mm||148 mm||148 mm||133.5 mm||118 mm||63.1 mm|
|Pupil Distancec||50 - 80 mmd||70 - 170 mm||70 - 170 mm||50 - 150 mm||50 - 150 mm||0 - 100 mm|
|Field Size at Image Plane||Ø24 mm||Ø22 mme||Not Available||Ø22 mme||Ø22 mme||Ø15 mme|
|Entrance Pupil||Ø13 mm (Max)d||Ø20 mm||Ø22 mm||Not Available||Ø18 mm||Ø16 mm||Ø14 mm|
|Design Wavelength Rangeb||248 - 700 nm||400 - 750 nm||400 - 750 nm||400 - 2000 nm||650 - 1050 nm||Visible Wavelengths||400 - 750 nm||400 - 750 nm||450 - 750 nm|
|AR Coating Range||240 - 360 nm||350 - 700 nm||Broadband Single-Layer
|650 - 1050 nm||Visible Wavelengths||350 - 700 nm||350 - 700 nm||350 - 700 nm|
|Axial Color||Diffraction Limited||Diffraction Limited||Not Available||Diffraction Limited
|Resolution||Diffraction Limitedf||Diffraction Limitedf||Not Available||Diffraction Limitedf|
|60-40 Scratch-Dig||Not Available||60-40 Scratch-Dig|
|External Threading||M32 x 0.5 (Top)
SM1.5 (Top and Bottom)
|M38 x 0.5
Top and Bottom
|M38 x 0.5
Top and Bottom
Top and Bottom
Top and Bottom
|Housing Length||49.5 mm||28.0 mm||28.0 mm||31.1 mm||30.9 mm||33.5 mm|
|Performance Data (Click for Graph)|
|RMS Wavefront Error||Not Available|
|Zemax Black Box Files||Forward
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This schematic shows the working distance and pupil distance for the TTL series and ITL200 tube lenses. The working distance corresponds to the distance from the top surface of the housing to the image plane. The pupil distance, defined as the distance between the bottom edge of the tube lens housing and the entrance pupil of the objective, can be set anywhere within the range specified in the table above, since the rays from the objective are in parallel bundles. If the tube lens is too close or far, the image may suffer from aberrations.
Tube Lenses for Laser Scanning and Widefield Imaging
|Effective Focal Length||600 mm||400 mm||300 mm||200 mm|
|Working Distancea||94.2 mm||91 mm||151.4 mm||180.9 mm|
|Pupil Distanceb||123 mm (Telecentric)||228 mm (Telecentric)||189.1 mm (Telecentric)|
|Ø22 mm||16.3 mm x 16.3 mm
656.3 - 1100 nm;
14.1 mm x 14.1 mm
(FN20) at 587.6 nm;
7.8 mm x 7.8 mm
(FN11) at 486.1 nm
|15.5 mm x 15.5 mm
680 - 1300 nm
|15.5 mm x 15.5 mm
900 - 1600 nm;
12.4 mm x 12.4 mm
(FN 17.6) at 1900 nm
|Track Length||420 mm (Nominal)||409 mm (Nominal)|
|Entrance Pupil||Ø20 mm|
|Design Wavelength Range
||400 - 700 nm||400 - 2000 nm||450 - 1100 nm||680 - 1300 nm||900 - 1900 nm|
|AR Coating Range||400 - 700 nm||400 - 1300 nm||Broadband Single-Layer MgF2 Coating||450 - 1100 nm||680 - 1300 nm||900 - 1900 nm|
|Clear Aperture||Ø30.7 mm||Ø36.8 mm||Ø47.0 mm|
|Axial Color||Diffraction Limited|
|Threading||External SM2 Threads (Top and Bottom)||Internal SM2 Threads on Top
External SM2 Threads on Bottom
||205.7 mm||44.1 mm||41.6 mm|
|Performance Data (Click for Graph)|
|RMS Wavefront Error|
|Data||Excel Spreadsheet||Excel Spreadsheet||Excel Spreadsheet||Excel Spreadsheet||Excel Spreadsheet||Excel
|Zemax Black Box Files||Forward
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This schematic shows the TTL200MP Tube Lens in a laser scanning configuration with the working distance and pupil distance called out. The working distance corresponds to the distance from the edge of the housing below the engraving to the intermediate image plane. The pupil distance is defined as the distance between the edge of the tube lens housing above the engraving and the entrance pupil of the objective.
When viewing an image with a camera, the system magnification is the product of the objective and camera tube magnifications. When viewing an image with trinoculars, the system magnification is the product of the objective and eyepiece magnifications.
|Leica||f = 200 mm|
|Mitutoyo||f = 200 mm|
|Nikon||f = 200 mm|
|Olympus||f = 180 mm|
|Thorlabs||f = 200 mm|
|Zeiss||f = 165 mm|
Magnification and Sample Area Calculations
The magnification of a system is the multiplicative product of the magnification of each optical element in the system. Optical elements that produce magnification include objectives, camera tubes, and trinocular eyepieces, as shown in the drawing to the right. It is important to note that the magnification quoted in these products' specifications is usually only valid when all optical elements are made by the same manufacturer. If this is not the case, then the magnification of the system can still be calculated, but an effective objective magnification should be calculated first, as described below.
To adapt the examples shown here to your own microscope, please use our Magnification and FOV Calculator, which is available for download by clicking on the red button above. Note the calculator is an Excel spreadsheet that uses macros. In order to use the calculator, macros must be enabled. To enable macros, click the "Enable Content" button in the yellow message bar upon opening the file.
Example 1: Camera Magnification
When imaging a sample with a camera, the image is magnified by the objective and the camera tube. If using a 20X Nikon objective and a 0.75X Nikon camera tube, then the image at the camera has 20X × 0.75X = 15X magnification.
Example 2: Trinocular Magnification
When imaging a sample through trinoculars, the image is magnified by the objective and the eyepieces in the trinoculars. If using a 20X Nikon objective and Nikon trinoculars with 10X eyepieces, then the image at the eyepieces has 20X × 10X = 200X magnification. Note that the image at the eyepieces does not pass through the camera tube, as shown by the drawing to the right.
Using an Objective with a Microscope from a Different Manufacturer
Magnification is not a fundamental value: it is a derived value, calculated by assuming a specific tube lens focal length. Each microscope manufacturer has adopted a different focal length for their tube lens, as shown by the table to the right. Hence, when combining optical elements from different manufacturers, it is necessary to calculate an effective magnification for the objective, which is then used to calculate the magnification of the system.
The effective magnification of an objective is given by Equation 1:
Here, the Design Magnification is the magnification printed on the objective, fTube Lens in Microscope is the focal length of the tube lens in the microscope you are using, and fDesign Tube Lens of Objective is the tube lens focal length that the objective manufacturer used to calculate the Design Magnification. These focal lengths are given by the table to the right.
Note that Leica, Mitutoyo, Nikon, and Thorlabs use the same tube lens focal length; if combining elements from any of these manufacturers, no conversion is needed. Once the effective objective magnification is calculated, the magnification of the system can be calculated as before.
Example 3: Trinocular Magnification (Different Manufacturers)
When imaging a sample through trinoculars, the image is magnified by the objective and the eyepieces in the trinoculars. This example will use a 20X Olympus objective and Nikon trinoculars with 10X eyepieces.
Following Equation 1 and the table to the right, we calculate the effective magnification of an Olympus objective in a Nikon microscope:
The effective magnification of the Olympus objective is 22.2X and the trinoculars have 10X eyepieces, so the image at the eyepieces has 22.2X × 10X = 222X magnification.
Sample Area When Imaged on a Camera
When imaging a sample with a camera, the dimensions of the sample area are determined by the dimensions of the camera sensor and the system magnification, as shown by Equation 2.
The camera sensor dimensions can be obtained from the manufacturer, while the system magnification is the multiplicative product of the objective magnification and the camera tube magnification (see Example 1). If needed, the objective magnification can be adjusted as shown in Example 3.
As the magnification increases, the resolution improves, but the field of view also decreases. The dependence of the field of view on magnification is shown in the schematic to the right.
Example 4: Sample Area
The dimensions of the camera sensor in Thorlabs' previous-generation 1501M-USB Scientific Camera are 8.98 mm × 6.71 mm. If this camera is used with the Nikon objective and trinoculars from Example 1, which have a system magnification of 15X, then the image area is:
Sample Area Examples
The images of a mouse kidney below were all acquired using the same objective and the same camera. However, the camera tubes used were different. Read from left to right, they demonstrate that decreasing the camera tube magnification enlarges the field of view at the expense of the size of the details in the image.
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Acquired with 1X Camera Tube (Item # WFA4100)
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Acquired with 0.75X Camera Tube (Item # WFA4101)
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Acquired with 0.5X Camera Tube (Item # WFA4102)
|Item #||Pulsed Damage Threshold Specification|
|TTL200-UVB||5.0 J/cm² (355nm, 10 ns Pulse, 20 Hz, 0.342 mm)|
Damage Threshold Data for Thorlabs' Tube Lens for UV Wavelengths
The specifications to the right are measured data for Thorlabs' TTL200-UVB Tube Lens.
Laser Induced Damage Threshold Tutorial
The following is a general overview of how laser induced damage thresholds are measured and how the values may be utilized in determining the appropriateness of an optic for a given application. When choosing optics, it is important to understand the Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) of the optics being used. The LIDT for an optic greatly depends on the type of laser you are using. Continuous wave (CW) lasers typically cause damage from thermal effects (absorption either in the coating or in the substrate). Pulsed lasers, on the other hand, often strip electrons from the lattice structure of an optic before causing thermal damage. Note that the guideline presented here assumes room temperature operation and optics in new condition (i.e., within scratch-dig spec, surface free of contamination, etc.). Because dust or other particles on the surface of an optic can cause damage at lower thresholds, we recommend keeping surfaces clean and free of debris. For more information on cleaning optics, please see our Optics Cleaning tutorial.
Thorlabs' LIDT testing is done in compliance with ISO/DIS 11254 and ISO 21254 specifications.
First, a low-power/energy beam is directed to the optic under test. The optic is exposed in 10 locations to this laser beam for 30 seconds (CW) or for a number of pulses (pulse repetition frequency specified). After exposure, the optic is examined by a microscope (~100X magnification) for any visible damage. The number of locations that are damaged at a particular power/energy level is recorded. Next, the power/energy is either increased or decreased and the optic is exposed at 10 new locations. This process is repeated until damage is observed. The damage threshold is then assigned to be the highest power/energy that the optic can withstand without causing damage. A histogram such as that below represents the testing of one BB1-E02 mirror.
The photograph above is a protected aluminum-coated mirror after LIDT testing. In this particular test, it handled 0.43 J/cm2 (1064 nm, 10 ns pulse, 10 Hz, Ø1.000 mm) before damage.
|Example Test Data|
|Fluence||# of Tested Locations||Locations with Damage||Locations Without Damage|
According to the test, the damage threshold of the mirror was 2.00 J/cm2 (532 nm, 10 ns pulse, 10 Hz, Ø0.803 mm). Please keep in mind that these tests are performed on clean optics, as dirt and contamination can significantly lower the damage threshold of a component. While the test results are only representative of one coating run, Thorlabs specifies damage threshold values that account for coating variances.
Continuous Wave and Long-Pulse Lasers
When an optic is damaged by a continuous wave (CW) laser, it is usually due to the melting of the surface as a result of absorbing the laser's energy or damage to the optical coating (antireflection) . Pulsed lasers with pulse lengths longer than 1 µs can be treated as CW lasers for LIDT discussions.
When pulse lengths are between 1 ns and 1 µs, laser-induced damage can occur either because of absorption or a dielectric breakdown (therefore, a user must check both CW and pulsed LIDT). Absorption is either due to an intrinsic property of the optic or due to surface irregularities; thus LIDT values are only valid for optics meeting or exceeding the surface quality specifications given by a manufacturer. While many optics can handle high power CW lasers, cemented (e.g., achromatic doublets) or highly absorptive (e.g., ND filters) optics tend to have lower CW damage thresholds. These lower thresholds are due to absorption or scattering in the cement or metal coating.
Pulsed lasers with high pulse repetition frequencies (PRF) may behave similarly to CW beams. Unfortunately, this is highly dependent on factors such as absorption and thermal diffusivity, so there is no reliable method for determining when a high PRF laser will damage an optic due to thermal effects. For beams with a high PRF both the average and peak powers must be compared to the equivalent CW power. Additionally, for highly transparent materials, there is little to no drop in the LIDT with increasing PRF.
In order to use the specified CW damage threshold of an optic, it is necessary to know the following:
- Wavelength of your laser
- Beam diameter of your beam (1/e2)
- Approximate intensity profile of your beam (e.g., Gaussian)
- Linear power density of your beam (total power divided by 1/e2 beam diameter)
Thorlabs expresses LIDT for CW lasers as a linear power density measured in W/cm. In this regime, the LIDT given as a linear power density can be applied to any beam diameter; one does not need to compute an adjusted LIDT to adjust for changes in spot size, as demonstrated by the graph to the right. Average linear power density can be calculated using the equation below.
The calculation above assumes a uniform beam intensity profile. You must now consider hotspots in the beam or other non-uniform intensity profiles and roughly calculate a maximum power density. For reference, a Gaussian beam typically has a maximum power density that is twice that of the uniform beam (see lower right).
Now compare the maximum power density to that which is specified as the LIDT for the optic. If the optic was tested at a wavelength other than your operating wavelength, the damage threshold must be scaled appropriately. A good rule of thumb is that the damage threshold has a linear relationship with wavelength such that as you move to shorter wavelengths, the damage threshold decreases (i.e., a LIDT of 10 W/cm at 1310 nm scales to 5 W/cm at 655 nm):
While this rule of thumb provides a general trend, it is not a quantitative analysis of LIDT vs wavelength. In CW applications, for instance, damage scales more strongly with absorption in the coating and substrate, which does not necessarily scale well with wavelength. While the above procedure provides a good rule of thumb for LIDT values, please contact Tech Support if your wavelength is different from the specified LIDT wavelength. If your power density is less than the adjusted LIDT of the optic, then the optic should work for your application.
Please note that we have a buffer built in between the specified damage thresholds online and the tests which we have done, which accommodates variation between batches. Upon request, we can provide individual test information and a testing certificate. The damage analysis will be carried out on a similar optic (customer's optic will not be damaged). Testing may result in additional costs or lead times. Contact Tech Support for more information.
As previously stated, pulsed lasers typically induce a different type of damage to the optic than CW lasers. Pulsed lasers often do not heat the optic enough to damage it; instead, pulsed lasers produce strong electric fields capable of inducing dielectric breakdown in the material. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to compare the LIDT specification of an optic to your laser. There are multiple regimes in which a pulsed laser can damage an optic and this is based on the laser's pulse length. The highlighted columns in the table below outline the relevant pulse lengths for our specified LIDT values.
Pulses shorter than 10-9 s cannot be compared to our specified LIDT values with much reliability. In this ultra-short-pulse regime various mechanics, such as multiphoton-avalanche ionization, take over as the predominate damage mechanism . In contrast, pulses between 10-7 s and 10-4 s may cause damage to an optic either because of dielectric breakdown or thermal effects. This means that both CW and pulsed damage thresholds must be compared to the laser beam to determine whether the optic is suitable for your application.
|Pulse Duration||t < 10-9 s||10-9 < t < 10-7 s||10-7 < t < 10-4 s||t > 10-4 s|
|Damage Mechanism||Avalanche Ionization||Dielectric Breakdown||Dielectric Breakdown or Thermal||Thermal|
|Relevant Damage Specification||No Comparison (See Above)||Pulsed||Pulsed and CW||CW|
When comparing an LIDT specified for a pulsed laser to your laser, it is essential to know the following:
- Wavelength of your laser
- Energy density of your beam (total energy divided by 1/e2 area)
- Pulse length of your laser
- Pulse repetition frequency (prf) of your laser
- Beam diameter of your laser (1/e2 )
- Approximate intensity profile of your beam (e.g., Gaussian)
The energy density of your beam should be calculated in terms of J/cm2. The graph to the right shows why expressing the LIDT as an energy density provides the best metric for short pulse sources. In this regime, the LIDT given as an energy density can be applied to any beam diameter; one does not need to compute an adjusted LIDT to adjust for changes in spot size. This calculation assumes a uniform beam intensity profile. You must now adjust this energy density to account for hotspots or other nonuniform intensity profiles and roughly calculate a maximum energy density. For reference a Gaussian beam typically has a maximum energy density that is twice that of the 1/e2 beam.
Now compare the maximum energy density to that which is specified as the LIDT for the optic. If the optic was tested at a wavelength other than your operating wavelength, the damage threshold must be scaled appropriately . A good rule of thumb is that the damage threshold has an inverse square root relationship with wavelength such that as you move to shorter wavelengths, the damage threshold decreases (i.e., a LIDT of 1 J/cm2 at 1064 nm scales to 0.7 J/cm2 at 532 nm):
You now have a wavelength-adjusted energy density, which you will use in the following step.
Beam diameter is also important to know when comparing damage thresholds. While the LIDT, when expressed in units of J/cm², scales independently of spot size; large beam sizes are more likely to illuminate a larger number of defects which can lead to greater variances in the LIDT . For data presented here, a <1 mm beam size was used to measure the LIDT. For beams sizes greater than 5 mm, the LIDT (J/cm2) will not scale independently of beam diameter due to the larger size beam exposing more defects.
The pulse length must now be compensated for. The longer the pulse duration, the more energy the optic can handle. For pulse widths between 1 - 100 ns, an approximation is as follows:
Use this formula to calculate the Adjusted LIDT for an optic based on your pulse length. If your maximum energy density is less than this adjusted LIDT maximum energy density, then the optic should be suitable for your application. Keep in mind that this calculation is only used for pulses between 10-9 s and 10-7 s. For pulses between 10-7 s and 10-4 s, the CW LIDT must also be checked before deeming the optic appropriate for your application.
Please note that we have a buffer built in between the specified damage thresholds online and the tests which we have done, which accommodates variation between batches. Upon request, we can provide individual test information and a testing certificate. Contact Tech Support for more information.
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Siman Lim  (posted 2023-02-02 16:00:08.66)
Hi. I want to know ITL200 Recommend distance(Locating flange of objective) and Image plane distance.
Greg Hn  (posted 2022-06-10 16:48:11.467)
Hi, could you please share CodeV files in addition to the Zemax files ? Thanks
jdelia  (posted 2022-06-10 03:22:00.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Unfortunately, we do not offer CodeV files for our parts. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Alex Schmitz  (posted 2021-04-27 14:58:26.963)
Hi Team, as I understood from other feedback below, the difference between working distance and focal length is that the latter is given from an unknown principle plane of the lens. However, for the TTL165-A, the difference is about 5cm but the lens and mount does look nothing close to that. In principle: Is the image plane for tube lenses supposed to coincide with the focal plane? Thanks!
cdolbashian  (posted 2021-05-06 09:28:55.0)
Thank you for reaching out to us at ThorLabs! To answer your last question first, yes. For a single lens system the WD and the focal length would only differ by a distance on the order of the thickness of the lens. In this case, however, the tube lenses are not single element optics but actually contain multiple lenses, causing the principal plane of the lens system to lie outside of the physical optics themselves. Rather than having to locate the exact position of this external plane, we use WD as an analogous measurement to focal length because it is measured from the housing of the optic itself.
Owen Sun  (posted 2021-03-25 14:18:20.09)
Could you let me know the magnification of TTL200 in your product line? I could not find the relevant info.
YLohia  (posted 2021-03-25 03:39:16.0)
Hello, the magnification is dependent on the objective lens paired with the TTL200 and is not entirely governed by the tube lens. Please see the "Magnification & FOV" tab for more information.
user  (posted 2021-03-23 11:02:58.01)
Could you, please, comment why on your MTF graphs there is such a big difference in support range for TTL200MP vs TL200-2P2 / TL200-3P. The first lens looks to support frequencies up to ~220 lp/mm, while the other two support barely half of that. NA of the lenses looks similar, so I don't understand where such big difference comes from. Thank you!
YLohia  (posted 2021-04-12 04:47:13.0)
The MTF curves shown on the web site are polychromatic plots, so they take all the wavelengths and do the MTF calculation. The TL200MP is designed for a wavelength range of 400-2000nm, while the TL200-3P is designed for 900-1900 nm. The MTF scales with the inverse of the wavelength so the 3P will have roughly twice the cutoff frequency compared to the TL200MP.
Thomas Dzelzainis  (posted 2021-03-18 12:48:13.96)
Hi, I am wondering if it possible to get this optic either uncoated, or coated with your 'B' anti-reflection coating for 650-1050 nm? Many thanks, Tom.
YLohia  (posted 2021-03-18 02:13:37.0)
Hello Tom, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Custom optics can be requested by emailing email@example.com. We will discuss the possibility of offering this customization directly.
user  (posted 2021-03-03 12:45:34.393)
Are the track length of the Zemax black box files specified from first to last lens surface or from the front and back side of the housing? I am especially interested about the TTL200-A and the TTL-200MP.
YLohia  (posted 2021-03-05 10:32:39.0)
Hello, the track length is specified from the front and back side of the housing.
Volker Lutter  (posted 2021-03-03 17:28:57.087)
From your catalog, it is not clear, what exactly is the working distance. What is the reference layer? For Objectives it is usually the most top layer of the objective. Or is it the contact surface at the end of the thread? Greatings from Germany Dr. Volker Lutter
asundararaj  (posted 2021-03-03 02:44:45.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The working distance corresponds to the distance from the top surface of the housing to the image plane. A schematic showing the working distance is in the spec tab below the specs table.
Christian Tardif  (posted 2020-06-08 13:40:37.867)
Hello I'm wondering if these lens will emit fluorescence when intense 450nm light will pass through it. We would like to use it as part of a bi-telecentric system when fluorescence will pass back by the same lense and lenses fluoresce could make a problem. I'm asking it because we experienced this problem with another lense system. Thank you in advance.
nbayconich  (posted 2020-07-07 03:27:29.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. At the moment we do not have fluorescence data for these tube lenses. I will reach out to you directly to discuss your application.
Markus Vartiainen  (posted 2020-04-08 08:07:46.827)
Are you absolutely sure that the Zemax *Forward* and *Reverse* Black Box models for this tube lens are correct? I don't see any difference in traced rays whether I have the Forward or Reverse model. I would very much like to ensure that I'm getting correct results in my simulation.
YLohia  (posted 2020-04-30 09:06:26.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Yes, we have triple-checked the Zemax files for the TTL200-S8 and they are correct.
user  (posted 2020-03-26 07:22:00.19)
Could you please clarify the calculation of the pupil distance? Based on the given entrance pupil (20 mm), image field size (22 mm), focal length (200 mm), and maximum pupil distance (170 mm) I get a tube lens entrance aperture of ([170*22]/200 + 20 =) 38.7 mm, which seems to be too large.
asundararaj  (posted 2020-04-16 03:58:22.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The pupil position on the TTL200-A can vary from 100 - 170 mm. If you would like to use two tube lenses as a relay, the position of the telecentric pupil position is somewhere around 248 mm. Since the TTL200-A is not telecentric there will be significant vignetting. A better choice for a relay would be the TTL200MP since it is designed to be telecentric, consequently you wouldn’t get any vignetting by using two of them as a 1X relay. If you would like to continue to discuss this further, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Anthony  (posted 2020-02-11 11:11:45.983)
I was recommended to use two TTL200 as relay lenses to create "infinity space" outside the body of a Nikon microscope for the insertion of a Kurios VB-1 LCTF and other optical components before the camera. While the working distance on one side of the lens is 148mm I was surprised to find that the pupil plane is ~290mm on the other side of the lens. This means that the total length of my relay is roughly 2*(148 + 290)= 876mm which is too long to fit on the table. Is there a better set of lenses I can use to relay a diffraction limited image from the camera port of a Nikon microscope?
nbayconich  (posted 2020-03-03 03:18:12.0)
Thank you for your feedback, an achromatic doublet lens with a shorter working distance could potentially be used such as the ones below. https://www.thorlabs.de/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=120 These lenses would not have the same performance as our diffraction limited tube lenses but may be more suitable to reduce the working distance of your optical system.
user  (posted 2019-10-28 07:15:26.667)
Hello I am considering using a TL200-CLS2 scan lens with the SL50-CLS2 tube lens for a Leica based confocal setup, using high NA Leica glycerol and oil objectives. Do you have any information regarding the compatibility of these lenses with Leica objectives for high resolution imaging? Thank you
nbayconich  (posted 2019-10-29 04:22:14.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Our tube lenses are corrected for chromatic aberrations independently of the selected objective lens, so the TL200-CLS2 can be paired with any Leica objective lens designed to be used with 200mm focal length tube lens. Please note that the magnification will change if an objective lens designed for a different tube lens EFL other than 200mm is used with the TL200-CLS2.
Pavel Fedorov  (posted 2019-09-26 03:02:16.57)
Hello! I want to buy Thorlabs ITL200 from you, can you send the order to Russia by regular mail? NOT FedEx, UPS I do not need these types of delivery.
YLohia  (posted 2019-09-26 10:28:05.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Our sales team (email@example.com) will reach out to you directly to discuss your shipping options.
Tobias Feger  (posted 2019-09-03 03:06:10.793)
Hi, It would be great if you could provide the TTL180 and TTL165 tube lenses with AB BBAR coating such that those lenses can be used over a wider wavelength range, potentially up to 1.1 micron, and in a more compact housing (e.g. M38 x 0.5). Thank you!
YLohia  (posted 2019-09-03 03:15:39.0)
Hello, thank you for your feedback! We will take your input into consideration in the design of a future product.
user  (posted 2019-07-11 06:39:01.127)
Hello The specs of this lens (TTL200-MP) and the TL200-CLS2 lens are nearly identical, yet the price difference is very big. If there is one, what is the advantage of the TL200-CLS2 in terms of optical performance? Are there any differences between the two lenses with respect to chromatic shifts that would impact 2-color imaging differently. Thank you
YLohia  (posted 2019-07-16 09:08:19.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The TL200-CLS2 offers superior transmission in the operating range along with a significantly better axial color (focal length shift) performance. Please see the "Specs" tab for more information.
alex.maclean  (posted 2018-11-15 15:38:36.56)
I am trying to model and then build a confocal microscope using Thorlabs parts. I am trying to select parts that I can model in Zemax and I appreciate that the design of your lenses is a trade secret, but the black box files do not convert into non-sequential models that I can use. It would be very useful if you could provide non-sequential files as well as the sequential ones or if there is some way to convert them that I am missing that would be even better. Many thanks, Alex Maclean
nbayconich  (posted 2018-11-29 10:44:07.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. At the moment zemax does not provide a method to convert a sequential block box model into a non-sequential mode.
hinoki.kuaimu  (posted 2018-08-02 17:38:06.747)
Besides a change in magnification ratio, what is the influence on the image of a reduced working distance? I've used your TL2X-SAP super apochromatic lens with a TTL200 working distance of 73mm and got qualitatively sharp images with no noticeable defect (images of live insects in the wild, I have yet to perform experiments with an appropriate test target to better assess the potential image degradation with shorter tube lens working distances).
YLohia  (posted 2018-08-27 02:50:51.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. There are a few considerations when operating at a reduced working distance. As you pointed out, the magnification will change. The system will also produce more aberration/distortion. These two are the side effects with the most noticeable impact. Furthermore, the NA and FOV will also change.
wenzel.jakob  (posted 2017-11-30 01:10:38.513)
Hi, your webpage states: "Please note that using a standard tube lens in a scanning configuration will limit the unvignetted field size, since the tube lens must be placed at the telecentric pupil distance from the objective." Could you clarify how this telecentric pupil distance is determined? The "Specs" tab lacks information on this distance values, e.g. for ITL200. Thanks!
tfrisch  (posted 2018-03-03 12:28:18.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Telecentric Pupil Distance is roughly the focal length when the lens is used in the reverse direction. While using a lens in the reverse direction is not recommended, knowing this value can be useful in modeling a system. A lens is considered telecentric when the focal length falls at the aperture stop of a system, and this places your entrance or exit pupil at infinity (for object or image space telecentricity respectively). The determination of these distances is best done in the modeling software we use to design the lenses (Zemax). We provide black box Zemax files for many of our lens systems as the full prescription is considered proprietary. As for the ITL200, we do not have exact values for many of the specs, but I will reach out to you directly about how to compare against a similar lens, like TTL200.
h.wu  (posted 2017-10-03 19:57:11.14)
TTL200 series has a (back) working distance of 148 mm. Could you provide the (front) working distance of TTL200-B? We would like to know the case that a collimated beam is incident from its image plane toward the objective. Thanks.
tfrisch  (posted 2017-12-06 11:24:22.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. These lenses are designed for infinite conjugate use, so you need to be careful if using it in reverse with the infinity space on the opposite side of the lens. Most notably, there will be more spherical aberration as well as vignetting. However, the distance from the opposite focal plane to the housing will be 238.1mm. I will reach out to you to discuss your application further.
shawncasey  (posted 2017-08-10 18:27:27.11)
Is the TTL180 actually an Olympus tube lens or a generic equivalent? We have our own tube lens and were wondering if the mount is the same? If so could we purchase it without the lens, so we can more easily adapt our lens to SM2?
tfrisch  (posted 2017-08-16 06:24:40.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. TTL180-A was designed here at Thorlabs. The mount is not just an adapter for a different complete tube lens, it holds the component lenses and spacers, so a different lens would likely not fit. I will reach out to you about adapting your lens to SM2.
h.wu  (posted 2017-04-23 14:22:55.03)
Hi, I was very confused the diagram (tube lens schematic) and the description shown in the link the that lenses with external SM2 threads (TTL200-B and TTL200-S8) should be oriented the same as in the diagram. https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=5834 I think that the arrow of TTL200-B in the tube lens schematic should point to the objective (pupil distance) rather than to the image plane because the diagram (tube and scan lens schematic) of the TL200-2P2 shows its arrow pointing to the objective (pupil distance). There is a sentence for TL200-2P2 tube lens in your website. The tube lenses are engraved with an arrow next to an infinity symbol (∞) to indicate which side of the lens should face the objective (infinity space). Thanks
tcampbell  (posted 2017-04-24 11:17:37.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: thank you for your feedback. You are correct, the arrow next to the infinity symbol on the tube lens should point toward the objective. We have updated the diagram accordingly.
user  (posted 2017-02-15 11:04:34.723)
How do we choose TTL or ITL200? Confusion is that there is no comparison ITL and TTL, and ITL has less information in a specification chart. What is pros and Cons we choose ITL200?
tfrisch  (posted 2017-02-17 02:04:09.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Nikon manufactures the ITL200, so we do not have a full design comparison against our own TTL200. If you would like to discuss further, please email us at TechSupport@thorlabs.com
hsieh-fu.tsai  (posted 2016-12-08 23:50:45.78)
I am interested to build an microscope with this tube lens. However, I wonder how mounting can be done to connect the tube lens to a c-mount camera? Thank you.
tfrisch  (posted 2016-12-19 02:21:24.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. We have an application note on assembling a simple microscope as well as our Do It Yourself (DIY) Cerna series microscope components. I will contact you directly about options. Application note: https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=5835&tabname=Application Cerna series: https://www.thorlabs.com/navigation.cfm?guide_ID=2371
y.tian  (posted 2016-10-11 05:29:18.583)
Hello, If I can also use ITL200 in an IR system. Because TL200 2P2 is too expensive that already beyond the budget. What makes such huge price difference?Thanks.
jlow  (posted 2016-10-21 04:24:11.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The TL200-2P2 has been optimized for scanning application and it is designed for a wider wavelength range than the ITL200. While it can work for some scanning applications (e.g. if your scan angle is small), it’s not ideal solution. I will contact you directly to discuss further about this
xliay  (posted 2016-09-27 13:13:22.31)
Nowadays we are using LSM04-BB as the scan lens and AC508-250-B as the tube lens combination. However, in our stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, we found that the Pump beam (780~960 nm) was not perfectly overlapped with the Stokes beam (1031 nm) when the scanning field of view is larger than 60 um using 40X objective. This phenomenon is possibly introduced by the lateral chromatic aberration of our scan relay system because we observed that the FOV is better when using 900 nm than 800 nm. So are there any recommendations of NIR scan relay system from Thorlabs to meet our requirement?
jlow  (posted 2016-10-03 05:08:20.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: I will contact you directly to discuss about this.
andreas.groeschl  (posted 2016-06-06 14:15:41.05)
Dear ladies and gentleman, may question is, why is the Working Distance much less than the focal lenght? Best regards Andreas
besembeson  (posted 2016-06-08 09:23:25.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: The focal length is relative to a principal plane of the actual lens element which is inside the housing while the working distance is relative to the external housing edge.
ludoangot  (posted 2016-03-17 14:00:38.693)
I also need the ITL200 front focal length, has Nikon provided this information? If not, would it be possible you measure it? Ideally a tick lens model of the ITL200 would be much welcome.
besembeson  (posted 2016-03-17 02:59:42.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: Unfortunately Nikon doesn't provide this information.
jesmondhong  (posted 2016-03-11 03:32:34.817)
Hi, if i have a lens attached to the camera sensor, should I keep a 148mm from the end of the ITL200 to the front mount of the lens attached to the camera?
besembeson  (posted 2016-03-11 11:20:51.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: The ITL200 is your imaging lens so the 148mm should be to the camera sensor. If you have an additional relay lens (which is not typical), then that distance should correspond to the object plane of your relay lens.
pedroalves.dct  (posted 2016-02-19 09:33:28.01)
Hello, my purpose is photography. My setup: - Olympus OMd-Em5II camera; - Mitutoyo Mplan 5 and 10x lens. Between the lens and the camera I've an iris diaphragm (from thorlabs) and a raynox dcr250 as tube lens. Between the raynox and the camera I've a extension bellows at 100mm. Well, I'm not happy with the setup and I would like to try the ITL200 instead of the raynox. I need some advices about the distances between the mitutoyo and the ITL200 and the ITL and the camera sensor? Many thanks in advance. Sincerely, Pedro Alves
besembeson  (posted 2016-03-03 04:05:05.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: The camera sensor should be about 148mm from the end of the ITL200 and the front of the ITL200 can be between 70-170mm from the end of the objective.
gtn75  (posted 2015-11-19 19:55:17.567)
I want to know where are the principal planes of the ITL200.
besembeson  (posted 2015-11-20 02:30:45.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: The back focal length is 148mm. We don't have information on the front focal length. I will contact you if Nikon can provide this.
jghimcm  (posted 2015-10-27 14:30:16.873)
Can this tube lens used with a Leica Infinity-corrected objective? Thanks!
besembeson  (posted 2015-11-05 10:19:41.0)
Response from Shawn at Thorlabs China: It depends on your application. If it involves a monochromatic source, then it should be okay but it may not be very suitable if you have to account for chromatic aberration. This is because Leica (and Zeiss) microscopes have color correction inside their tube lens. They don't correct for chromatic aberrations in the objective. Nikon (and Olympus) have color correction in the their microscope objectives, not in the tube lens.
a.bruni  (posted 2015-04-14 08:59:22.95)
dear All, I need a thecnical contact to explane my castom problem. Andrea
jlow  (posted 2015-04-15 04:03:15.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss about your application.
user  (posted 2015-01-29 19:02:32.153)
The focal length is 148mm from the mounting side, what is it from the other side?
jlow  (posted 2015-01-29 02:13:12.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The orientation, distances, and dimension of the tube lens are located in the drawing under "Specs" tab. I am not sure I fully understand your question. Since you did not leave any contact information, can you contact us at email@example.com to discuss about this further please?
user  (posted 2015-01-05 11:30:45.733)
Could you please specify the focal length tolerance on this lens system?
cdaly  (posted 2015-01-09 01:37:27.0)
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: The specified tolerance is +/-1%, but it is realistic to expect it to be closer to +/-0.5%.
ieivanov  (posted 2014-07-29 19:00:57.11)
You should offer a 2 inch lens tube with internal SM2 threads on one end and set screws for attaching a C-mount on the other end. The lens tube should be the appropriate length, such that when used with the ITL200 lens and the SM2A20 adapter, the sensor of a camera mounted at the C-mount would be the correct focal distance away from the ITL200 lens.
cdaly  (posted 2014-08-07 02:53:02.0)
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Thank you for your suggestion. We will discuss the idea internally and it may be something you see offered as a standard product in the future. We welcome any product ideas which you think would serve to help make our products more useful in your applications.
ikky.shura  (posted 2014-06-25 19:07:09.623)
Hi, I purchased this ITL200 lens and it seems to me that the front focal length is more like 250mm by trying to image an obect located at > 10x the measured focal lens (assumed to be infinity). I need to know where is the front focal plane for my experiment and since no zemax file is given it's hard to be convinced. Is this lens being tested by Thorlabs? Has anyone else seen this? Thanks,
jlow  (posted 2014-07-21 02:29:59.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The effective focal length of the lens is 200mm and its back focal length is 148mm from the mounting side (smaller aperture side). It will probably be better to measure this with sun light instead.
yangbin  (posted 2014-05-21 10:21:08.717)
besembeson  (posted 2014-05-22 09:45:20.0)
A response from Bweh Esembeson at Thorlabs USA: Thanks for contacting Thorlabs. Unfortunately we don’t have the Zemax file for this tube lens at this time. If your objective is infinity corrected, then you can calculate the magnification with the tube lens from the ratio of the focal length of the tube lens and that of the objective. The distance between the tube lens and objective can be adjusted (70mm - 170mm for the ITL200) so that all the off-axis rays from object can be brought to the image plane. I will contact you through our China office to know the properties of your objective and help determine the magnification.
pearu.peterson  (posted 2014-05-15 14:13:54.85)
SM2AD36 is exactly what I was looking for! Strangely, this component is not listed in the table of adapters, therefore, I could not find it. But thanks for the hint! Pearu
besembeson  (posted 2014-05-15 02:38:28.0)
Response from Bweh E at Thorlabs. Thanks for the feedback. The adapter selection guide is a new feature and we are continuously improving this. Based on your comment, we will look into creating more linkage between these products.
pearu.peterson  (posted 2014-05-15 12:23:39.65)
Hi, I have 36mm diameter lens (original Nikon back port tube lens) and I wonder if you could provide a tube or any system where to attach such a lens? ITL200 seems to be about the same size (might be too small). Could it fit a 36mm diameter lens? Best regards, Pearu
besembeson  (posted 2014-05-15 11:12:18.0)
A Response from Bweh E at Thorlabs in Newton: Thanks for contacting Thorlabs. The ITL200 has an M38x0.5 threaded port which can accommodate the 36mm diameter lens but I am not sure how the thickness of your lens compares with the available space on the ITL200 housing. Besides, we don’t have M38x0.5 retaining rings at this time. We will look into having these as a stock item subsequently. One combination that could possible work for you depending on the thickness of your lens will be the SM2AD36 (http://www.thorlabs.com/thorproduct.cfm?partnumber=SM2AD36) in conjunction with the SM2A20 (http://www.thorlabs.com/thorproduct.cfm?partnumber=SM2A20).
stefano.zoia  (posted 2013-09-09 11:46:57.343)
Is this tube lens ITL200 compatible with the Olympus Plan Fluorite objectives? Or, do you have a better solution for these lenses? Thanks
cdaly  (posted 2013-09-12 14:15:00.0)
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our feedback tool. The Olympus objectives are typically intended to be used with a tube lens with a focal length of 180mm. There's not really any particular reason that one cannot be used with a different focal length such as the 200mm ITL200, but it should be noted that the magnification will increase by a factor of 200/180 (10/9).
sdewald  (posted 2013-02-18 12:15:19.857)
I need the prescription of the ITL200 tube lens to incorporate it into our system. A .zmx file, please.
cdaly  (posted 2013-02-20 20:23:00.0)
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our web feedback. We will contact you directly about the ITL200.
tcohen  (posted 2012-10-18 12:05:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs to Reto: This is a Nikon tube lens offered for users to be able to design complete microscope systems from our standard components.
fiolkar  (posted 2012-10-15 12:35:45.687)
To whom it may concern: Is the ITL200 a tubelens manufactured by Nikkon or is it a Thorlabs design? Best, Reto
jlow  (posted 2012-09-13 10:25:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The entrance aperture is about 30mm and the exit aperture is about 23.9mm.
ZENJOE.GREEN  (posted 2012-09-06 13:31:06.0)
What is the aperature size of the ITL200 tube lens?
jlow  (posted 2012-08-15 15:47:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The distance between the objective shoulder and the housing of the tube lens should be around 70mm to 170mm for best performance. This distance is also called out in the diagram under the Overview tab.
user  (posted 2012-08-14 19:31:26.0)
What is the optimal distance between ITL200 and a Nikon CFI60 objective?
tholste  (posted 2012-07-26 16:15:00.0)
A response from Tor at Thorlabs: Thank you for taking the time to contact us. The tube lens is designed for compatibility with the Nikon CFI60 objectives. The performance will be very similar to that of the tube lenses provided with these microscopes. These are apochromatically designed, so they will offer better color-correction as compared to a standard achromatic lens. This is AR-coated for the visible spectrum; we are in the process of measuring the transmittance over the next few weeks, and I will share these data with you as soon as they are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional inquiries.
j.hohlbein1  (posted 2012-07-24 11:47:58.0)
I have the same question (and some more): is the ITL200 similar to the tube lenses found in Olympus or Nikon microscopes? Is it anti-reflection coated? Could you specify the advantages over using achromatic lenses? What is the transmittance? Thanks!
tcohen  (posted 2012-04-18 09:33:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. We are looking into this and will update you shortly.
rpalacios  (posted 2012-04-13 12:34:44.0)
Is this tube lens compatible with any of the Nikon CFI60 series objectives? Is it the same tube lens found inside the body of the newest Nikon fluorescence microscopes (e.g. TE2000 or Eclipse Ti)?
- Effective Focal Lengths Used by Thorlabs, Nikon, Leica, Mitutoyo, Olympus, and Zeiss
- Five AR Coatings Available, See Table Below
Thorlabs offers nine infinity-corrected tube lenses for widefield imaging. All TTL series lenses can provide diffraction-limited performance about any single wavelength from 240 to 700 nm (for the TTL200-UVB) or from 400 to 2000 nm (for all other TTL series lenses), provided that the tube lens is set to focus on the camera at the target wavelength. Please note that using these lenses for laser scanning will result in vignetting and uneven spot sizes over the FOV; for integration into a telecentric laser scanning system, see the tube lenses below.
The TTL200-UVB tube lens features an air-spaced design for superior performance and high power handling. It is AR coated for UV wavelengths (240 - 360 nm) and is designed to be used with our high-power MicroSpot® focusing objectives. The tube lenses coated for visible wavelengths (350 - 700 nm) offer good performance at shorter wavelengths (<480 nm) to accommodate applications using 405 nm and 443 nm illumination. The TTL200-B is AR coated for NIR wavelengths (650 - 1050 nm), making it ideal for NIR fluorescence and NIR DIC imaging. The TTL200-S8 utilizes a broadband MgF2 single-layer coating with a low transmission roll-off throughout the visible and NIR, with peak transmission centered at 830 nm. See the graphs in the table below for transmission data. Some TTL series lenses can be custom coated with an AR coating optimized for transmission within the design wavelength range; contact Tech Support for details.
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The three thread configurations available on our Widefield Imaging Tube Lenses are shown here with the objective-facing side down. Thead information for each item # is provided in the table below.
With the exception of the TTL200 and the ITL200, all of these tube lenses are engraved with an arrow next to an infinity symbol (∞) to indicate which side of the lens should face the objective (infinity space). Item #'s TTL200 and ITL200 should be inserted with the M38 x 0.5 threading facing the objective.
The TTL200-UVB tube lens has a Ø33g6 surface for mounting on a compatible Mitutoyo microscope and can be secured in place using the included M32 x 0.5 threaded retaining ring (see the left-most tube lens in the drawing to the right). SM1.5 (1.535"-40) threading at each end of the tube lens can also be used for mounting or converted to external SM2 (2.035"-40) threading using the SM2A57 thread adapter.
The TTL200 and ITL200 lenses have external M38 x 0.5 threading for direct compatibility with Nikon and Thorlabs microscopes. This threading can be converted to external SM2 (2.035"-40) threading using the SM2A20 adapter available below. Alternatively, the WFA4111 dovetail adapter, also available below, directly accepts a TTL200 or ITL200 tube lens, allowing it to be integrated with a Cerna microscope.
The rest of these lenses feature external SM2 (2.035"-40) threading on both sides that connects to our Ø2" lens tubes and many elements of our 60 mm cage system. To integrate one of these tube lenses with Thorlabs' Cerna® DIY Microscopy Systems, use the SM2M05 lens tube to connect to the WFA4111 Dovetail Adapter (available below).
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The TL600-A, TL400-A, TL300-A, TTL200MP, and TTL200MP2 tube lenses are designed to have the same track length, defined as the distance between the image plane of the tube lens and the shoulder of the objective.
- 200 mm Effective Focal Length Used by Thorlabs, Nikon, Leica, and Mitutoyo
- 300 mm, 400 mm, and 600 mm Effective Focal Lengths for Increased Magnification in Standard Systems
- Telecentric Design
These infinity-corrected tube lenses feature a telecentric design appropriate for both laser scanning and widefield imaging applications. Our laser scanning tube lenses with a wavelength range from 400 to 700 nm or 450 to 1100 nm can be paired with our SL50-CLS2 (450 - 1100 nm) scan lens to create a telecentric system. Similarly, the TL200-2P2 and TL200-3P tube lenses are designed to be used with our SL50-2P2 (680 - 1300 nm) and SL50-3P (900 - 1900 nm) scan lenses, respectively. Due to the extended wavelength range of their AR coatings, the TTL200MP and TTL200MP2 can be paired with any of these three scan lenses. The TTL200MP tube lens provides higher transmission at visible and NIR wavelengths, while the TTL200MP2 tube lens provides higher transmission at longer wavelengths approaching 2000 nm; see full transmission data by clicking the graph icon in the table below.
These tube lenses are engraved with an arrow next to an infinity symbol (∞) to indicate which side of the lens should face the objective (infinity space). The TL600-A, TL400-A, TL300-A, TTL200MP, and TTL200MP2 tube lenses are designed with the same nominal track length of 420 mm, allowing tube lenses of different focal lengths to be interchanged without realigning the imaging device or objective.
Some of these lenses can be custom coated with an AR coating optimized for transmission within the design wavelength range; contact Tech Support for details.
These tube lenses feature external SM2 (2.035"-40) threading on one or both sides that connects to our Ø2" lens tubes and many elements of our 60 mm Cage System. To integrate these tube lenses with Thorlabs' Cerna® DIY Microscopy Systems, use the SM2M05 lens tube to connect to the WFA4111 Dovetail Adapter (available below).
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A WFA4111 can be used to integrate a TTL200 tube lens into a custom epi-illumination module on a DIY Cerna Microscope.
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The WFA4111 adapter allows M38 x 0.5-threaded tube lenses to be easily integrated with Cerna microscopes and SM2-threaded components.
- Easily Integrate Tube Lenses with Thorlabs' Construction Systems
- WFA4111: D1N Male Dovetail for Using Tube Lenses in Cerna® DIY Systems and Microscopes
- SM2A20: External SM2 Threading for Compatibility with SM2 Lens Tubes
Thorlabs offers two styles of adapters for use with the externally M38 x 0.5-threaded TTL200 and ITL200 tube lenses, allowing them to be integrated with Thorlabs' SM2 lens tube systems and Cerna DIY Microscopy Platform. Our other tube lenses already have external SM2 (2.035"-40) threads.
Our WFA4111 Dovetail Adapter directly accepts the TTL200 and ITL200. Alternatively, external SM2 threads on the top of the adapter allow externally SM2-threaded lenses to be connected via an SM2M05 lens tube. The bottom of the adapter features a male D1N dovetail, making it compatible with our DIY Cerna systems. The SM2 threads on top can also be used to integrate user-designed camera tubes constructed from SM2-threaded lens tubes.
The SM2A20 allows the TTL200 and ITL200 to be easily converted to SM2 threading, enabling the construction of an optical system consisting of a scan lens and a tube lens using Thorlabs' standard SM2 lens tube components and the SM2-threaded GCM102(/M) 2D galvo mounting adapter. We also offer SM2-threaded adapters for common objective threads.
The SM38RR retaining ring can be used to lock the tube lens in place when using either adapter.