Check out this selection of underwater photos all shot on a traditional SLR camera set up.
SLR cameras have long been the go to camera of choice for high end underwater photography. A wide angle and macro lens are the kit basics for underwater photographers, and a high quality housing (that will protect your investment) with good ergonomics. Outstanding quality for sure, but you need to be an experienced shooter to get the most out of them!
Where were we?
Many of these images were shot in the Red Sea. I went on the hunt for pelagics and big fish in the Maldives. And then it was all about tiny critters in Indonesia.
The most recent Red Sea shots were taken on a Nikon D500 in a Nauticam housing. For some of the older shots, I was using a Canon EOS 450D in a Sea & Sea RDX housing with up to 2 Inon Z240 strobes. Lens wise I flicked between a Canon 10-22 for the wide angle and trusty 60mm for macro.
Indonesia’s diving is so diverse that it keeps me coming back and when I visit, I try to take as many cameras as possible. All those tiny critters meant I could not have lived without the 60mm macro lens on the SLR. This collection was all shot on a trusty SLR rig Canon 450D in a Sea & Sea housing with Inon S200 strobes.
For this Maldives trip, I took a Canon 60D in a Nauticam housing with Tokina 10-17mm and 100mm macro with Inon S200 strobes. The performance was great and whilst I used the wide angle lens for most of the holiday, I urge you to not overlook macro here too!