Underwater Lenses, Ports and Lens Gear
Your underwater photography tool set wouldn’t be complete without a bunch different lenses and color filters for your camera to capture the beauty of underwater world more masterfully. Experiment with different Underwater Camera Lens types. Try wide-angle lens to photograph the big scene and give the viewer a sense of presence. Go with the fisheye lense to get as close as possible to the large subjects. Want to feature tiny sea creatures? Use the macro lens for highest precision. Apply various color filters to make your photos more vibrant. Combine your creativity and skill with the right set of tools and you will be able to shoot truly magnificent pictures!
Generally it is best to start with at least one wide angle lens and one macro lens. However, if you are on a tight budget, get your favourite type first (wide angle, macro, video, fashion etc.) and upgrade as you feel like it. If you have little experience in underwater photography and are choosing your first lense, it is usually advisable to go for a wide angle one. It is an easier form of photography that allows to shoot a variety of subjects.
For your wide angle shots you can buy a fisheye lens or a rectilinear ultra wide angle lens. The most notable difference between the two is that the fisheye makes straight lines bend in a circular fashion, while the ultra wide angle lens does not create such barrel distortion. This doesn’t mean, however, there is no distortion at all. The rectilinear perspective will cause objects to appear increasingly stretched and enlarged as they near the edge of the frame.
As for the lenses that you regularly use above water, the majority of them prove to be rather inconvenient, inadequate or even useless underwater. It is also not advisable to buy one general all-purpose underwater lense.