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Old 07-30-2020, 03:50 PM   #1
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Mirrored Lenses in SoCal

Does anyone have any experience with mirrored lenses in socal?

I lost my Cressi Evolution Big Eyes (w/ clear lens) the other day, and decided to order another pair. Comfortable, quality, and also fairly priced for fine Italian eye wear.

I must of ordered them after having a whisky or three, because they arrived with mirrored lenses, which I adamantly proclaimed to my wife, I did't order! I went to my order history and low-and-behold I DID order the mirrored lens version. I wanted to dive the next morning, so I figured i'd give it a go. Also, I read that fish don't see your eyes and are less easily spooked. Sounds great.

Fast forward and I'm kicking out to the kelp in murky 8-10 foot surface viz and all I can notice is the the close-up reflection of my devilish eyes, and checks in the mirrored lens. Super distracting and annoying. Down at the bottom it cleared up a bit, but still I could see my reflection.

Has any one used a mirrored lens before? If so I'm curious as to your experience. Maybe its better with clear waters and a sunny day?

Also on that dive I did see a big fish swim underneath me... It was so murky, and the lens was so distracting that I couldn't tell what it was.. Maybe a BIG WSB!! or was it a shark? I kept telling myself a WSB and was out there searching for a few hours with no more sightings... I went back to the exact same spot this morning, only with clear lenses this time... still murky at the top, and clearer on the bottom. While at the bottom I saw a big soupfin pass over me swimming north with the same motion as the fish I saw the day before. I surfaced through the murkiness after it passed, and saw another small one pass below me confirming my previous days sighting as a soupy and not a WSB... Beautiful fish to see swimming through the kelp none the less.
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Old 07-30-2020, 11:44 PM   #2
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Re: Mirrored Lenses in SoCal

Years ago, we played around with them and found too many negatives...Depending on the color, they may block out some of the light, as you noted. I also observed that some give off sun reflection "flashes" that likely spook fish. The yellow lenses gave a little more clarity in hazy open water but, I could never get used to the distortion effect mentally..It is probably worth the money to order a set of clear lenses...
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Old 07-31-2020, 12:10 AM   #3
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Re: Mirrored Lenses in SoCal

I tried them. It was like wearing sunglasses under water. Doesn't let enough light through. Our water isn't clear enough to warrant using them.

I use the yellow lenses. I think I get better contrast but clear is as goo or better.
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Re: Mirrored Lenses in SoCal

I donít know if Iím just extra stealth lately or what, but even in marginal vis...fish have just been swimming right up to me...

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Old 08-04-2020, 04:29 AM   #5
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Re: Mirrored Lenses in SoCal

not sure about my comparison because I have not tried different masks on the same day... Here what I think. I think I like to wear the mirror on the day that the sun is too bright. Some times it is bright enough that I feel the sun is reflecting from the particles in the water, even though the water is not THAT murky. Days like this, I don't like the clear mask. The mirror mask bothers me the most when diving at night, too dark. I think the yellow is ok with any day, and clear for night dive.
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:08 AM   #6
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Re: Mirrored Lenses in SoCal

I got the Cressi Nano mirror but don't use it much. Only in Blue Water when it's really sunny and the blue water reflects the sun. Otherwise, around the reef, I find it 2 dark. Here in Canada in the lakes, it's definately 2 dark but my 10 yr old loves it cause it looks cool ! =)

I just got a yellow tint Picasso mask and it's my favorite so far.
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