Category Archives: Gear Reviews

Frogfish Underwater Photo Tips For Lembeh

FROGFISH UNDERWATER PHOTO TIPS FOR LEMBEH by James Emery TIPS FROM OUR BACKSCATTER AUTHORIZED PHOTO CENTER LEMBEH RESORT, INDONESIA My name is James Emery and I am the Backscatter Authorized Photo Pro working at Lembeh Resort in Indonesia. Lembeh Resort is a luxurious boutique resort situated in a private cove on Lembeh Island. Within the…
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THE BEST UNDERWATER LENSES FOR COMPACT CAMERAS 2020

  THE BEST UNDERWATER LENSES FOR COMPACT CAMERAS 2020 From the Caribbean to the Coral Triangle, the Backscatter team has spent hundreds of hours shooting compact cameras underwater. The team has shot and tested dozens of compact (a.k.a. point-and-shoot) cameras with accessory lenses to find the best match between performance, price and the goals of…
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WEIRD UNDERWATER LENSES

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.…
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BEST UNDERWATER CAMERAS OF 2020: COMPACT CAMERAS

BEST UNDERWATER CAMERAS OF 2020: COMPACT CAMERAS Compact cameras are some of the best cameras for shooting underwater, as they are often easy to learn, easy to dive and travel with, and less expensive than their SLR counterparts, while still yielding outstanding image results and fast shooting speeds. Backscatter compiles this guide every year to…
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Laowa Venus 24mm f/14 Macro Probe Lens–Underwater Lens Review

Tracking a subject on the move with manual focus, lighting with a snoot, and with a secondary subject in the background made for a very challenging shot with this cuttlefish. Over 90 shots later, the effort was worth the end result. A 24MM WIDE ANGLE LENS DESIGNED FOR MACRO “Whoa! What is that thing?!?" is…
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Sony a7R IV Underwater Camera Review

The Sony a7R IV video looks really good in the right conditions. Macro is its strong point, but the ambient light wide angle looks good down to about 45 feet. Backscatter has been busy putting the new Sony a7R IV to the test in the clear tropical waters of Little Cayman and the mucky, macro-rich…
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Backscatter Mini Flash Field Test—What is a Snoot and Why You Need One

The new Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 and Optical Snoot OS-1 can turbo-charge your macro creativity by isolating subjects and creating a completely new perspective for your shots. We’ll look at side-by-side comparisons of the same subjects with and without a snoot to see the difference, and an image gallery showing creative ways to use a…
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Olympus TG-6 Best Underwater Camera Settings

In Part 1, we will cover all the settings and techniques you need to know for capturing outstanding Macro Photos with the Olympus TG-6 and a single Strobe. The Olympus TG-6 is a popular camera for divers looking for a compact and affordable way to shoot both photos and videos underwater. This is our comprehensive…
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Best Underwater Compact Strobe - Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1

THE ULTIMATE COMPACT STROBE FOR COMPACT CAMERAS Lightweight, compact, easy to use, easy for travel. These are the reasons why everyone wants a compact camera. With the Backscatter Mini Flash, now there is a flash to match. Small in size, but big on power, the Backscatter Mini Flash has enough juice to light most of…
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Olympus TG-6 Review: The Easiest Underwater Compact Camera

See why we think the Olympus TG-6 is the easiest camera to get great results with underwater in our video breakdown.    We love the Olympus TG-6 for its extremely simple operation, outstanding macro ability, and the great image quality produced in both photo and video. It’s our pick for the Best All-Around Underwater Compact Camera in 2019, and…
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Canon EOS R Underwater Camera Review

Take a look at the gorgeous color produced by the Canon EOS R in full 4K resolution with our underwater test footage.     The Canon EOS R packs such great image quality that we call it the “Mini-5D Mark IV” Canon EOS R | Canon 8-15mm Lens | 1/125 | ISO 200 | ƒ9  …
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