Choosing a Lens for the Olympus mirrorless cameras
• Olympus 7-14mm 2.8 PRO:
Olympus have really raised the bar in terms of super wide angle options for the mirrorless range with this lens. The 7-14mm rectilinear lens is the perfect wide lens for underwater photography, offering a fast 2.8 aperture throughout the focal length and pro grade glass and optics for the very sharpest images.
This lens is a must for underwater videographers, being great in low light and super wide allowing closer proximity to larger subjects for both clarity and improved constant lighting. A Nauticam setup will allow for use of both focus and zoom with this lens with the appropriate gears, for those sort after manual rack focus shots.
At present this lens is only available for mirrorless cameras in Nauticam housings but Olympus will be making port options for their housings soon. Please get in touch to find out port options and prices for your Nauticam housing.
• Olympus 8mm PRO fisheye:
Fisheyes have always been popular options for underwater photography due to their 180-degree coverage and unique curved look that works well underwater. This lens is the best yet for mirrorless cameras, with a super fast 1.8 aperture and pro grade glass and optics giving incredibly sharp images. For natural light photography underwater this is unrivalled, even when compared to the very best DSLR lenses. Both Olympus and Nauticam housings support ports for this lens. Please get in touch to find out port options and prices for your housing.
• 14 - 42mm:
The standard 14 - 42 mm lens has a picture acceptance angle 75º to 29º (which is equivalent to a 35mm 28 to 84 mm lens). Using a zoom allows the underwater photographer to adjust the lens from wide (for shooting subjects such as diver) to narrow (for shooting medium sized fish near by. You can focus down to a subject size about three inches across. This 14 - 42mm lens can be used with the E-PL-5 (PT-EP10), the OM-D E-M5 (PT-EP08) and EM5II (PT-EP13) Olympus housings.
• 12 - 50 mm
The 12 - 50mm lens is a nice step up from the 14 - 42 mm with angles of coverage from 84 to 24º. It can be used with the OM-D E-M5 and OM-D EM5II in the Olympus (PT-EP08 and PT-EP13) and Nauticam housings, as well as the OM-D E-M1 in the Nauticam housing. This is the 35mm lens equivalent of 24mm to 100mm.
The Auto Focus system built in to this lens is specially designed to improve faster and quieter focusing for both Movie & Still photography. As an electronic zoom it is a great option for video. This lens is also weather proofed just like the OM-D cameras it works with.
• 60 mm
If you are really serious about photographing very tiny subjects, then consider the 60mm macro lens as a sharper alternative to using a close-up diopter. Perfect for fish portraits and has a fast, wide F2.8 aperture for great bokeh!
• 9 - 18mm
The wide 9 - 18 mm lens (100º to 62º picture angle) can be used with all of the cameras, but the housing and port requirements vary as follows:
The OMD-EM5II and OMD-EM1II in the Olympus housing works with a slight crop, or with a Zen WA-100 EP port for the best full corner to corner coverage.
With a Nauticam housing use either a 4" wide angle port or the wide 6" Zen DP170 with mini extension ring 20.