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     Digital Photography Basics
     Film vs. Digital
     Underwater Photography
     Underwater Housings
     Underwater Strobes
     50/50 Photography
     Tips and Tricks
     Care & Maintenance
     Suggested Reading
     Recommended Software
     My Equipment
     Useful Links


Part 1: Overview:
Good lenses are expensive. Even though I would love to own nothing but high-end, name-brand lenses, I have two Sigmas in my camera bag. They make excellent lenses, at a substantially reduced price of its name-brand counterpart.

I don't subscribe to the notion that you can't get great pictures unless your lens is made by Zeiss or Nikon. But be aware of bargain-basement generics:  A cheap lens will defeat an expensive camera body every time.

When I was shooting film, one of my favorite "over/under" photos (see 50/50 Photography) was taken with a Vivitar 19mm in a Sea & Sea housing.  And my favorite lens for the discontinued Nikonos was a Sea & Sea 17mm.

But having said that, there is no substitute for good glass.  In an idealized world, I would buy nothing but fast Nikkor lenses for my Nikon. But since I use slower lenses due to budgetary reasons, I need to have a good understanding of basics, so that I can still get publishable results with the equipment I use (for a longer explanation, view the "My Equipment" link.

Part 2: Which Lenses To Use:
Any serious underwater photographer will soon realize that two types of lenses are indispensable for successful photography: a wide-angle lens (preferably a super wide-angle) and a macro lens.


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