Object of Desire: SeaLife Cameras Fisheye Wide Angle Lens

January 2, 2013

By Dan Havlik

Underwater photographers who use SeaLife cameras can capture a bigger picture of life under the waves with the company’s new Fisheye Wide Angle Lens. When attached to the SeaLife DC1400 underwater camera, the wide-angle lens has an effective focal length of 16mm. For maximum light transmission, the lens is fully multicoated and features anti-reflective optics on all of its air-to-glass surfaces.

Sound fishy? It’s not. This fisheye fits all DC-series SeaLife cameras and is designed to be easily attached or removed while underwater. You can also use the lens for shooting wide-angle video of schools of grouper swimming by; a family of octopi frolicking in the coral; or a hungry hammerhead shark in search of a snack. Out of the water, the lens captures dynamite landscape photos.

The dome-shaped lens is waterproof to 200 feet, and comes with a safety lanyard that attaches to your camera so the lens won’t float away as well as a dock to mount the lens under a flash. When not in use, you can store the lens in an included neoprene cover.

Underwater, it has slightly negative buoyancy; on land it weighs just 13.8 ounces with dimensions of 1.8 x 3.8 x 3.8 inches, making this fisheye more of a guppy than a whale.

Price: $299