View Full Version : Lens for freshwater diving
04-02-2006, 06:26 PM
Ok, im sick of the only active thread on the freshwater section being about eating carp. Anyone have some suggestions for lens types for freshwater diving? I currently have an Omer with the tint that I used in Hawaii and im thinking that its not going to work too good for the murky conditions. I got away with it in California, but I think it was because the water was much more colorful. Now that im going to be diving some lakes I figure that there wont be much color out there and will need all the light I can get. What do the rest of you use or recommend?
04-03-2006, 02:20 AM
Matters the depths you will be hunting. For around 60 ft and above I use a lower volume scuba mask because I want the view but I think if I start going past 60 ft I may go with a low volume mask. A good low volume spearfishing mask is the Alien by Omer by what other divers told me.
I always carry two maks in my bag the scuba one and my low volume one.
04-03-2006, 10:56 AM
I've got an alien and a cressi matrix - Honestly I like the matrix field of view - the Alien seals better though. Both have script lenses. I wouldn't use a tinted lense unless you have truly stellar visibility. It's very good here but I still wouldn't go with a tint.
As for which mask - If you allready have the Omer (maybe different model?) you know it's a good bet for fit. The cressi is awesome if it fits you though - really nice peripheral vision. The Alien also has a very good field and is lower volume with softer silicone.
I'm pretty sure Carp is the new viagra.
04-05-2006, 11:21 AM
The superior lens filter for fresh or saltwater in low visibility is a Yellow filter. Without getting technical on you, yellow is used on land in many environments. Sport trap and skeet as well as pistol shooters will use yellow lenses. Snow skiers use yellow lenses on over-cast or cloudy days. The properties of "Yellow" lenses/filters are high contrast, high definition. They increase contrast and sharpness and make the environment appear brighter. Does any of this sound helpful to spear fishing??? These lenses are available in a wide variety of masks. Be happy to discuss this with you or anyone else!
04-05-2006, 06:14 PM
I had a picasso team black mask and it wouldnt seal on my wide face without being so tight that on the fourth time using it I broke the plastic pin the strap wraps around....needless to say there are no Picasso dealers in Wyo so I got some TIG welding rod and stuck it through the hole and spun it while I used electrical tape to build up to resemble the broken pin. I then bought a Cressi Big Eyes mask and am very happy with it. It has fantastic visability. I thought about getting the yellow lenses but ended up going with the clear. If your looking for a new mask and have a wide face Id say check the Cressis out.
04-06-2006, 09:53 PM
Thanks for the replies. Interesting thought about the yellow lens, but I dont think that Omer makes any do they? I think I am leaning toward a simple clear lens for now.
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