Photo © Robin Dodd

Our friends at Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo—the world's leading supplier for underwater imaging equipment, the same folks behind this impressive underwater review of the Canon 1DX Mark II—recently took the new Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens for a spin beneath the waves. As usual, they came back with some stunning photographs, along with a few thoughts about Nikon's new fisheye zoom lens.

Backscatter CEO Jim Decker and Producer Robin Dodd were able to 'MacGyver' a makeshift zoom gear from some stuff they had lying around the shop, slapped the lens onto a Nikon D810, and went diving. Immediately they were impressed.

"The lens is a fisheye zoom lens that is a full frame diagonal fisheye lens at the 15mm side of the zoom, and a circular fisheye at the 8mm side," explains Decker in their review. "It's great to have the versatility of being able to shoot a circular fisheye, without having to dedicate your whole dive to it." The photo up top was shot at 8mm, the one below at 15mm.

Photo © Robin Dodd

But it's not just the versatility of having both a diagonal fisheye and a circular fisheye in one lens—a first for Nikon—that impressed Backscatter. The photos turned out great, too.

"We were super impressed with the image quality of this lens along with the versatility," writes Decker, "and will now recommend this lens as the primary lens for wide angle use with full frame Nikon cameras."

That's some high praise. To read Backscatter's full review and see several more underwater sample shots captured with the Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye, head over to their website by clicking here. And if you want to see some above-ground sample photos, you can see our sample gallery here.