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Optics like this make it hard to argue that D-SLR photographers have more limited choices than their 35mm counterparts. A Four Thirds-mount lens for Olympus E-series digital SLRs, it's the equivalent of 35mm's venerable 16mm fisheye. Its controlled distortion combines with a 180-degree angle of view to make for bending and bulging special effects. Put the splash-resistant Zuiko 8mm on an EVOLT E-300 in the new Olympus PT-E01 underwater housing, though, and you can use it to create dramatic near-far compositions without the usual curvature, because the underwater world lacks dry land's straight lines and horizon. About $700.
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