This page contains all of our Optical Component Thread Adapters that feature C-mount (1.00"-32) threading. Adapters featuring either internal or external threads are available.
The CS- and C-mount standards both use 1.00"-32 threads, but C-mount lenses have a flange focal distance (FFD) that is 5 mm longer than CS-mount lenses, as illustrated in the diagram to the far right. Spacer length is defined for each adapter as the distance depicted by the diagram to the near right. The CML05 adapter is 5 mm long and acts as a spacer, enabling the use of C-mount lenses with CS-mount cameras. These adapters are a subset of our entire line of optical component thread adapters. To view our entire line, please see our Interactive Adapters Selection Guide.
Adapters with External C-Mount (1.00"-32) and Internal Industry-Standard Threads
An experiment was conducted to compare the thermal isolation of our thermally insulating adapters (SM1A4TS, SM1A9TS, SM1A3TS, and SM1A10TS) presented at the bottom of this page with that of our traditional aluminum adapters. During the experiment, an aluminum adapter and a thermally isolating black Delrin®* adapter were each used to connect two lens tubes. Then, one of the lens tubes was externally heated to 60 °C using a foil heating element that had been attached to that lens tube’s outer surface.
During the heating process, simultaneous temperature readings were recorded in 30 second intervals for both the heated and unheated lens tube in each system. The measured results are shown in the plot to the right. From the graph, it is clearly evident that there is far less heat transfer when using one of our thermally isolating adapters to connect two lens tubes than exists when using an aluminum adapter.
*Delrin® is a registered trademark of DuPont Polymers, Inc.
Thorlabs' lens tubes utilize a series of non-standard threadings. Threading specifications are given below for our SM threadings utilized in our lens tube and cage system components so that you can machine mating components to suit your application. We also offer products with C-Mount and RMS threadings, and the specifications for these threadings are also given below. Please note that other manufacturers may have different tolerances for these threads. For other thread specifications that are not listed here, please contact Tech Support.