Equipment

Nauticam WWL-1b wide-angle optic

The wet-changeable underwater wide-angle conversion optics supports full zoom range, allowing flexibility for various underwater shooting situations. It is compatible with various lenses from Sony, Sigma, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Canon, and FujiFilm. It is recommended for zoom lenses that start at a 28mm focal range (for instance the Sony 28-60mm). When using a 28mm lens, the maximum field of view is 130°.

Underwater Photography on a $500 Budget

UW photography gear under $500
UW photography gear under $500 from Olympus, Ricoh, Fujifilm, Minolta, GoPro and Diveroid

Scuba diving is not really an inexpensive hobby, considering the costs of training, equipment and travelling. Furthermore, many divers love to capture images and videos of all the things they have seen underwater. So, underwater photography then adds an additional burden onto one’s piggy bank.

Dealing with Floods

Photo by Larry Cohen
If you work underwater long enough, at some point, you will experience the horror of a flood.

Flooding a camera and other underwater photo gear is a nightmare for all underwater image-makers. Unfortunately, if you work underwater long enough, at some point, you will experience the horror of a flood. Over the years, I have flooded a Nikonos V, a film camera, a housing, several strobes and some dive lights. I have also had minor floods on a few digital camera housings.

Pixelmator PRO 2

It is integrated with Metal, Apple’s hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and compute framework, standard library, and GPU shading language, thus providing increased speed in various image-editing processing steps, by a factor of 15x. The user interface has been completely overhauled, and now matches the macOS 11 (Big Sur) design. A new Effects Browser, interface customization, and workspaces for photography, design, painting and illustration are included.

Nauticam NA-EM10IV underwater housing

Tray and handles are available as optional accessories. The housing is compatible with Nauticam’s range of underwater optics, including the WWL-1 and new WWL-C wide-angle attachments, and the CMC series macro wet lenses. Its dimensions are 184 x 138 x 100mm, and it weighs 1.08kg topside and 0.1kg underwater (including the camera and battery). It is depth-rated to 100m and has a Nauticam N85 port mount.

Insta360 ONE X2

Insta360 ONE X2

While the ONE X2 is waterproof to 10m, a dive depth of 45m can be reached by using an option-al dive case. It features stabilized 5.7K
360-degree video recording, updated FlowState image stabilization technology, and a special underwater shooting mode called “AquaVision,” which automatically balances color. The camera supports both HDR photo and video. It is able to capture and merge multiple images to increase
dynamic range, as well as reduce noise and maintain detail when shooting in low-light situations.

Ikelite Underwater Housing for Canon EOS R5

It is made of ABS-PC (an advanced form of poly-carbonate), is depth-rated to 60m, features Ikelite’s own “dry lock,” has a valve for a vacuum pump, weighs only 5.4 lb (~2.4kg) with tray and handle and is compatible with Ikelite’s DL system lens ports. The included manual hotshoe, with Ikelite ICS-5 bulkhead, supports manual strobe exposure with a wide variety of strobes, including Ikelite, Sea&Sea, Inon, Retra and others. For Ikelite strobes, an optional TTL converter can be added.