Wet Wide Angle Lens Buyer's Guide

Love the sweeping shot of the kelp forest or coral reef you saw online, but unable to get that view from your compact or mirrorless camera without moving too far away? This is where the wet wide angle lens becomes an extremely important tool in your underwater photography kit. These lenses are designed to be attached to the front of your port to convert your fixed lens compact camera, or standard lens on a mirrorless camera to a wide angle lens. This allows you to shoot closer to your subject, which in turn allows for lighting with strobes and the ability to capture stunning wide angle images. Look for a lens that works well with your specific camera, attaches to your housing, offers features you desire, such as soom through or special port adapters and fits in your budget. Contact our sales team for expert advice and a custom quote for your underwater photography kit.

WET WIDE ANGLE LENS OPTIONS FOR UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY:

Kraken Sports KRL-01 Wet Wide Angle Lens

*Great for Mirrorless & Compact Cameras with 145º View*
Best option for G7X, G7X II housings

The Kraken Sports KRL-01 Wet Wide Angle Lens is a ultra-wide conversion lens designed to work with the popular standard of wide angle compact cameras at 24mm focal length. This wider focal length, paired with high quality glass optics provides an angle of view of 145°. In addition this lens allows for full zoom through, so will work great with a 28mm lens and at any focal length along the zoom range of your lens.

  • Angle of View: 145° at 24mm
  • Zoom Through Capable? YES
  • Compatible with 24mm and 28mm focal length cameras
  • 67mm threaded which fits on most common ports.
  • Depth Rating: 60m (200ft)

 

Nauticam WWL-1 Wet Wide Lens

*Highest Quality Optics with 130º View*

The Nauticam WWL-1 Wet Wide Lens is the best available when it comes to optical quality. With all lens elements made of high quality glass, this lens was designed to deliver a wide 130° angle of view at 28mm with minimal blurring or distortion near the corners of the frame as is often seen with wet wide lenses. The price and weight attest to the quality of the lens and it's construction. With full zoom capability you can easily compose the photograph you want to capture, and with the complementing Bayonet Mount System it is quick and easy to remove the lens while shooting during a dive.

  • Angle of View: 130° at 28mm
  • Zoom Through Capable? YES
  • Slight vignette on cameras with 24mm lens
  • Includes both M67 threads and the Nauticam Bayonet Mount.
  • Depth Rating: 100m (330ft)

 

Fantasea-AOI UWL-09F Wide Angle Lens

*Great Quality, 130º View at an Affordable price*

The Fantasea-AOI UWL-09F Wide Angle Lens offers a wide 130° angle of view with full zoom through at a lower price point that other similar lenses. This lens is crafted with high quality glass elements, and a polycarbonate front dome. Designed to fit nearly all camera housings it includes two different M67 adapters in the box in order to get an accurate fit and minimize the risk of vignetting with your camera and housing set up.

  • Angle of View: 130° at 28mm
  • Zoom Through Capable? YES
  • Slight vignette on cameras with 24mm lens
  • Comes with 2 different 67mm adapters to best fit your housing, compatible with Fantasea Bayonet System.
  • Depth Rating: 60m (200ft)

 

Kraken KRL-02 Wet Wide Angle Lens

*150º View for Compact Cameras at an Affordable price*

Best option for RX100 III, IV, V housings, LX10, LX100, etc.

The Kraken KRL-02 Wet Wide Angle Lens offers an ultra wide field of view of 150º at an affordable price. It is designed to be used with cameras with 24mm focal length such as the Olympus Tough Series without vignetting. This lens is smaller than other wet wide lenses, which makes it a perfect pair for smaller compact camera housings when traveling.

  • Angle of View: 150° at 24mm
  • Zoom Through Capable? NO
  • Features a 52mm thread, a 67mm to 52mm step down ring may be required for some housings.
  • Depth Rating: 60m (200ft)

 

UWL-04 Fisheye Lens - Best Option for Olympus TG-1/2/3/4/5

*165º View for Compact Cameras*

The UWL-04 Fisheye Lens has been a long-standing popular wide angle lens. With a 52mm thread attachment it works on nearly all housings (some require an adapter) and provides an incredibly wide 165° field of view at 28mm. While it does not provide zoom through, you can zoom a 24mm camera up to 28mm to remove vignetting and still focus accurately.

  • Best option for Olympus TG-1,2,3,4,5 housing
  • Best option for RX100 I, II housings
  • Angle of View: 165° at 28mm
  • Zoom Through Capable? NO
  • Features a 52mm thread, a 67mm to 52mm step down ring may be required for some housings.
  • Depth Rating: 60m (200ft)

 

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