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Backscatter’s Favorite Weird Lenses for Underwater Photography
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, April 27, 2020 @ 08:30 PM (EST)

When Backscatter recently tested out the Laowa Macro Probe Lens, you probably thought you’ve seen the most alien-looking gadgets you’ll see on an underwater rig. Turns out that the images it produces are pretty sober—wait till you see what you can do with the other offerings in Backscatter’s roundup of “Weird Underwater Lenses”!

On the list we have the Laowa Macro Probe Lens, Saga Magic Ball, Saga Magic Tube, Inon Bugeye Lens, and the Canon 8–15mm and Nikon 8–15mm circular fisheye lenses. Some mount on the camera directly, while others are wet attachments compatible with certain camera systems, such as a compact with a built-in zoom lens, or a DSLR or mirrorless camera combined with a specific lens. Either way, the effects they produce range from unconventional to downright wacky.

Admittedly, some of these gizmos could be accused of being a bit of a gimmick, but Backscatter’s sample photos demonstrate that you can also create beautiful images and attractive perspectives that might just get you hooked. The question you have to ask yourself is: When you eventually get back in the water, do you really want to shoot the same old subjects the same old way?

When purchasing underwater photography equipment like the products mentioned in this article, please support DPG by supporting our retail partner—Backscatter.com.






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