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Old May 26th, 2010, 05:32 PM   #1
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Suggested Lens(es) for 5D MarkII with Aquatica Housing

I have a gig coming up on a Tuna Boat for 45-90 days and I'll be shooting with a 5D Mark II. Though I'm resonably familiar with the 5D MarkII, I'm new to underwater housings and diving, etc... I've done a fair amount of research on sites like BackScatter on things like housing choices, camera choices, etc, and I'm getting diving training, as... but I'm curious what specific lenses people recommend using for this kind of setup?

The underwater filming I'm doing isn't anything dramatic, mostly barely beneath the water showing nets going in, Tuna swimming around, etc... But we have the budget from the client for the housing so we want to use it. If you only had a choice of one or two lenses to take for this general purpose, what would you recommend?

p.s. If it matters, I'll have a Sea by Sea YS- 110 a lighting kit.

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Old May 28th, 2010, 08:17 PM   #2
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Old May 29th, 2010, 04:46 PM   #3
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The 15mm lens is one of the best lenses for dramatic UW stiills and footage. The 20mm is a good all-round lens, although the 24mm is better if your not able to get tight to your subjects.
If you prefer a zoom lens, then the 16-35mm f/2.8 or 20-35mm are good choices. My favourite for UW is the Canon 17-35mm L f/2.8.
If you intend to add an extra lens and will be using UW lights then add a true macro lens.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #4
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Tokina 11-16 2.8 or the Tokina Fisheye, pretty much the benchmark for underwater shooting
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Old May 30th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #5
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The Tokina 11-16mm is mainly used with the Canon 7D, or other APS-C non-FF cameras like the D300s. This lens will vignette badly full wide on a 5D body and can only be used at the 14mm setting on the zoom to avoid dark corners in the frame.

This video shows the lens on a 5D above water, but even underwater it will still show dark corners at full 11mm.


The 5D Mark II is a full-frame camera so is better matched to full frame wide lenses such as 14mm, 15mm, 18mm, 20mm, 24mm primes or full frame zoom lenses covering those angles.

All these lenses are available in Canon L range, or other mark lenses such as Nikon, Zeiss, via an adapter; or the full-frame Canon EOS bayonet range from Sigma, Tokina and Tamron.

Remember that all the full-frame lenses mentioned are also superb above water, so fill two goals.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 07:04 PM   #6
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Sorry totally agree, they work great with 7D / D300 no go with 5D.

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