WEIRD UNDERWATER LENSES
Let’s Get Weird
When it comes to underwater photography lenses, the best performance and most reliable results are going to come from either the ultra-wide fisheye or high-magnification macro ends of the lens spectrum. These have long been the go-to types of lenses for creating classic underwater photos and with good reason. Large subjects and scenes demand a wide field of view, allowing the photographer to get close and produce better color, contrast, and clarity. Tiny macro critters need a powerful macro lens in order to appear larger than life and fill the frame. There’s nothing wrong with either of these time-tested photo styles, but every now and then you may find yourself wanting to break away from the ordinary. When that creative vibe starts flowing it’s time to toss convention overboard and start getting weird!
Our Favorite Weird Underwater Lenses
Every lens featured in this guide provides a unique and creative effect that you won’t be able to replicate with more traditional lenses. Some of these lenses mount directly on the camera, whereas others are external accessory lenses designed to work with either the built-in lens of a compact camera or an interchangeable lens on mirrorless or SLR systems.
Using weird underwater lenses can change the look of the ordinary to eye-catching. There are many ways to shoot the same subject.
Left: Olympus TG-5 & No Accessory Lens – Center: Olympus TG-5 & Saga Magic Ball – Right: Olympus TG-5 & Inon ZM80 Lens