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Works well with these Camera / Housing Combinations and is the best option in our opinion:
It offers between 120 and 165 degrees field of view in a well made lens. Great for diving reefs, shooting manta rays, and going on the best wreck dives in the world
This lens does not include an adapter, please let us know which underwater photography equipment you are planning to use it with so we can make sure you have the correct pieces for attaching it to that housing.
Taken with Sony RX-100 camera, Recsea RX-100 housing, dual YS-D1 strobes
Sony RX-100 II with UWL-04 fisheye lens, photo by Sue Chen, taken in the Eastern Fields, PNG
Photo taken with the Recsea Sony RX-100, UWL-04 fisheye lens in Sipadan. Photo by Derek Ridgard
Recea RX-100 II + UWL-04 fisheye lens, taken while diving Cayman Brac
Taken with Recsea S95 + fisheye lens
Taken with G12 housing + UWL-04 fisheye lens by Pietro Biondo while diving the Sea of Cortez
UWL-04 fisheye lens, Recsea S110 housing, single YS-01 strobe, 30ft depth on a Raja Ampat liveaboard
Recsea Rx-100 II, UWL-04 fisheye lens
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First about the lens - I found it to have very good build quality. The focus distance is also very close so you can get some really good shots of sealife. I used the lens to get some great shots of cleaner shrimp in Bali. The lens looks large compared to the housing, but once you get in the water you never notice the bulk. It's very easy to use.
Only problem I had was the stuck lens adapter on the Nauticam housing. During one of my dives, I had switched from a macro lens to the wide angle at around 60-70ft. Not sure if the pressure had anything to do with it, but when I got back on shore and cleaned my equipment I wasn't able to get the adapter off anymore. According to Kelli from BlueWaterPhoto, there can be some problems with overtightening of the adapter. Both her and Steve were able to give me some tips on getting it off.
I was unsure of what kind of wide angle lens to buy, I was leaning towards a rectilinear lens, when Scott recommended this fisheye lens. I decided to go with his recommendation after doing some research online where most people were recommending the same as he was and I am very happy I did.
This lens is clear and has great coverage. It is a little heavy, some vignetting when zoomed all the way out, and you have to be careful with that curved front element. But those are all minor quibbles. Overall, this is a great fish eye lens. I recommend it.
Very solid build, good quality glass and the resulting photos were like seeing an underwater scene for the first time. I really enjoyed the quick release system for this lens which made it so easy to attach or take off and store. Images were sharp and clear and the lens was very easy use the first time on my Recsea housing with my Sony RX100. This is my first wide angle lens and I can sincerely recommend it.
I never would have believed that an adapter that converts 28mm equivalent to a 165 degree fisheye could be this good.
Of course there can be a little bit of softness in the edges, but you have to remember what this lens is doing - it is distorting the image to a wider view before the image hits the lens. This product controls edge sharpness very well, especially considering the wide field of view. In fact, it controls it beyond what I would have expected. Center sharpness is very good, and there is no reason you can't use this lens and expect great results.
Construction is very solid, the materials are all very high quality, and it has a distinctly solid feel.
You can get really close to your subjects with short focus distances, making it a very flexible tool for experimenting with different compositions.
Highly recommend this product, I only leave mine at home if visibility is bad, otherwise, it is on my camera.
Having never taken wide angle photos before, I was a bit hesitant to jump right in and buy a full fisheye lens for my RX100M2. After a bit of practice, boy was I ever glad I bought this lens.
It is a very well engineered piece of equipment and quite small actually- smaller than I thought anyway. I often take it with me on a dive if I feel that I might like to shoot some wide angle photos and will sometimes switch it out on a dive for a macro lens or the reverse. Just having the full perspective of 165 degrees gives you a lot of neat perspective to play with, and having the ability to focus on subjects quite close to the lens is an added bonus.
I've always loved the wide angle lens. My first dive with this lens didn't go well. All photos came with vignette and water mark in the middle. After reading the manual, I adjusted the lens hood and everything was perfect. If I have to find something to criticise, it would be the tool that is not included in the package which I have to purchase separately from the local hardware shop. To me this is the must have lens.
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