Lenses

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From wide angle to macro photography, choosing a lens can be an overwhelming process. When you purchase equipment from us, we help you set your settings  so that you can concentrate on the few simple controls that you need to easily take great photos.

Take a closer look at our recommended lens list and what these lenses help you achieve.

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Olympus 7-14mm 2.8 PRO

Olympus have really raised the bar in terms of super wide angle options for the mirrorless range with this lens. The 7-14mm rectilinear lens is the perfect wide lens for underwater photography, offering a fast 2.8 aperture throughout the focal length and pro grade glass and optics for the very sharpest images.

This lens is a must for underwater videographers, being great in low light and super wide allowing closer proximity to larger subjects for both clarity and improved constant lighting. A Nauticam setup will allow for use of both focus and zoom with this lens with the appropriate gears, for those sort after manual rack focus shots.

At present this lens is only available for mirrorless cameras in Nauticam housings but Olympus will be making port options for their housings soon. Please get in touch to find out port options and prices for your Nauticam housing.

Olympus 8mm PRO fisheye

Fisheyes have always been popular options for underwater photography due to their 180-degree coverage and unique curved look that works well underwater. This lens is the best yet for mirrorless cameras, with a super fast 1.8 aperture and pro grade glass and optics giving incredibly sharp images. For natural light photography underwater this is unrivalled, even when compared to the very best DSLR lenses. Both Olympus and Nauticam housings support ports for this lens. Please get in touch to find out port options and prices for your housing.

14 – 42mm

The standard 14 – 42 mm lens has a picture acceptance angle 75º to 29º (which is equivalent to a 35mm 28 to 84 mm lens). Using a zoom allows the underwater photographer to adjust the lens from wide (for shooting subjects such as diver) to narrow (for shooting medium sized fish near by. You can focus down to a subject size about three inches across. This 14 – 42mm lens can be used with the E-PL-5 (PT-EP10), the OM-D E-M5 (PT-EP08) and EM5II (PT-EP13) Olympus housings.

12 – 50 mm

The 12 – 50mm lens is a nice step up from the 14 – 42 mm with angles of coverage from 84 to 24º. It can be used with the OM-D E-M5 and OM-D EM5II in the Olympus (PT-EP08 and PT-EP13) and Nauticam housings, as well as the OM-D E-M1 in the Nauticam housing. This is the 35mm lens equivalent of 24mm to 100mm.

The Auto Focus system built in to this lens is specially designed to improve faster and quieter focusing for both Movie & Still photography. As an electronic zoom it is a great option for video. This lens is also weather proofed just like the OM-D cameras it works with.

60 mm

If you are really serious about photographing very tiny subjects, then consider the 60mm macro lens as a sharper alternative to using a close-up diopter. Perfect for fish portraits and has a fast, wide F2.8 aperture for great bokeh!

9 – 18mm

The wide 9 – 18 mm lens (100º to 62º picture angle) can be used with all of the cameras, but the housing and port requirements vary as follows:

The OMD-EM5II and OMD-EM1II in the Olympus housing works with a slight crop, or with a Zen WA-100 EP port for the best full corner to corner coverage.

With a Nauticam housing use either a 4″ wide angle port or the wide 6″ Zen DP170 with mini extension ring 20.

Close-up wet lenses for all systems

There are three great wet close-up lenses that can be added or removed underwater.

The Subsee +5 and +10 diopters from Reef Net allow you to photograph the tiniest creatures at 5x and 10x magnification. The Reef Net close up lenses have been re-designed to be stackable and also to add filters such as the ultra violet barrier filter. The greater the magnification, the more difficult they are to use. They can be screwed into 67mm port threads, or can be attached via an adaptor to some ports without threads.

The Nauticam SMC (super macro converter) is the latest wet close-up lens to be added to our range! At the equivalent of +15 magnification it is the sharpest wet lens yet on the market! Used with the Nauticam multiplier, which can also be flipped on or off, its possible to achieve the equivalent of +20 magnification! Now that is small!

Wide angle wet lenses

The Nauticam Wetmate dome lens – a great, inexpensive, mini glass dome that will increase your cameras field of view by 30%. A great addition for point and shoots such as the TG4.

Olympus’ wet PTWC-01 Wide Conversion lens with stunning corner to corner sharpness and a 100 degree field of view is perfect for EPL7 in the PT-EP12 housing, enabling wide angle and macro to be shot in the same dive!

The WWL-1 is the widest, sharpest wide angle wet lens on the market to date. It is the first wet lens that truly challenges prime fisheye and wide angle zoom lenses with a dome! It’s beautifully sharp corner to corner and gives a 130 degree field of view. Pair with the 12-50mm in the Nauticam housings for incredible images! Available as 67mm thread or new bayonet mount fittings for the 12-50mm port.

Zen Dome Ports for other lenses

There are excellent “Precision” Zen Dome ports made for Olympus housings that can accommodate the new Olympus 8mm F1.8 PRO fisheye lens!

The ultrawide 180º 8mm fisheye lens is a specialized lens that requires more practice to use and is best used with two strobes. If you are more than just a foot or two away from a diver or fish, the Fisheye lenses make these subjects appear way too small in your photos. The fisheye is, however, the lens of choice for shooting large wrecks, wall scenics, caverns, etc.