Friday, 22 January 2016

iPhone Camera Lenses


I received these iPhone camera lenses for Christmas from my wonderful boyfriend, who knows photography is not only my career but a real passion (as is my phone). I usually take photos with a beefy DSLR and heavy 24-70mm lens but I always have my phone in my pocket for taking snaps. The iPhone 6 camera is superb, I'm really impressed with the quality of images you can achieve, and I've been thinking about trying out phone lenses for some time but I wasn't too sure what to buy. There are so many on the market to choose from, some three in one lens sets are really expensive whilst others you can find on Amazon for between £5-£10. 


I don't know the exact make/model of this particular set of three lenses (as they were a gift) but Josh informs me they are from Amazon and under £10! In most sets you'll find a Fish Eye lens for fun portraits, a Macro lens for getting up close with lots of detail and a Wide Angle lens for landscape photos. It should be said that these lenses will work for many camera phone models (not just iPhone). For the past couple of weeks I've had chance to test them out but I'm still practicing. Here's my review on these lenses so far...


Each lens screws on to a chunky clip (there are two clips provided) which makes popping them on and off your iPhone camera really easy. The lenses look well made, they feel strong and durable but they are very small and quite fiddly to attach to the clips at times. The Macro and Wide Angle lenses screw together so this makes it tricky to take them apart and screw them on to the clip. 

Lining the lens up over your phone camera is simple. The clip is strong enough to not slip off however it does stick up quite a way off the edge of the iPhone, which means you can easily knock the positioning if you're not careful. I imagine it's made like this to accommodate for various phone models.


At first I thought the macro lens wasn't allowing my phone to focus properly but then I realised you need to hold the camera really close to your subject for it to focus on those extra fine details. Then it works very well. The first picture above is of the fabric fibers in my jeans and the third pic is of a very teeny metal Hello Kitty which has tarnished over the years. I really enjoy using this lens and considering how expensive macro lenses are for your DSLR camera I'm over the moon I get to play around with this one. I've been photographing eyes, the cat's fur, and all sorts of different textures.


Who doesn't like a fish eye effect! True, it can be achieved in Photoshop, but where's the fun in that!? I'm keen to use this lens for group photos as you'll be able to fit everyone and their surroundings into one picture. You get the vignette effect in the corners which could be cropped out afterwards (or you can zoom in on your phone camera as you normally would) but sometimes this adds to the charm. The image quality with this lens is not as crisp as I would have liked, it adds a little extra noise and soft focus to your photos. Taking pictures outdoors with loads of natural light is always the best way to go.


And finally the wide angle lens. Above is a comparison of my iPhone camera with and without the wide angle lens attached. More of the stone wall can be seen and more tree branches are peeking down from above. This lens has the vignette bulging effect like the fish eye which disappointed me slightly but again you can always crop this out afterwards. It didn't have quite the impact I thought it might but still a handy one to have in your pocket especially if travelling to some spectacular landscapes.

For a budget set of mini lenses I've been pleasantly surprised! They're fun to use, they actually work and they're handy to have in your bag. If you want to get more creative with your iPhone photos, either to capture the memories or to give your Instagram feed a boost, these little lens kits are the way to go.


I can't go a whole blog post featuring my phone without talking about my amazing new case* from Casetify. If you haven't heard of this brand before check them out online, I think they have the best selection of artwork for phone cases, designed by real working artists and there are thousands of options to choose from. I spent a good few hours on Casetify trawling through many gorgeous designs, trying to choose just one. I went for this black & turquoise palm leaf semi-transparent case and I think I made the right decision, although I'm already adding a few new cases to my wish list!


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  1. Wow, I didn't even know this was a thing! This looks amazing: I've pretty much ditched my DSLR for my phone for now, mostly because the bad weather means I'm less likely to take it outside with me (wet camera=no fun) so I definitely might indulge in a few of these. Who can get over the joy of a fish lens, though. Your photos look great (both with AND without the lenses, btw) and I love how people with great DSLR skills can transfer them so well in to phone photography.

    Saoirse Sterling at XLeptodactylous

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    1. Thanks so much! I love my DSLR but sometimes it's such an effort to take it out with me. I always have my phone with me and the cameras have moved on so much now you can get some gorgeous shots with just your phone! xx

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  2. I've been considering getting myself a set of these lenses for a while now, after seeing this post I may have to treat myself! The macro lens takes such good photos, it's amazing for a phone camera.

    Poppy | http://poppyallanorma.com

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    1. You should Poppy! They're loads of fun and for how inexpensive they were I'm really impressed. Wish I'd got these years ago! x

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  3. I'm thinking about getting lenses for my phone and really like what those ones have done. I might have to go and get at least one of them!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. They tend to come in packs of 3 Rachael, which is great! I got all three of these lenses together and they were really inexpensive. I probably use the macro and fish eye the most so if I was to purchase a phone lens of higher quality it would be one of these two xx

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  4. I bought myself a set of these lenses two years ago and still love them! I had the same problem thinking the macro didn't work haha

    Sarah
    http://absolutelysarahx.blogspot.com

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    1. I was so frustrated at first! Until I realised you have to put the lens REALLY close to your object- then it works wonders! x

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  5. These are such a good idea!! I'm definitely going to have to get some, I love the fish eye effect!

    Shellie Skillen

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    1. Thanks Shellie, hope you have fun with these lenses! x

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  6. These lenses are terrific. I bought an inexpensive set at CVS and I just love them. I have even used them to take pictures of jewelry. Well worth the money!

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    1. Ooo jewellery! That's such a good idea, for some extreme macro close ups! I'll be stealing that one, thanks Patricia! x

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  7. I've got an iPhone but haven't been able to use additional lenses because I use a lifeproof case which is bulky and difficult to remove (but necessary-I'm so clumsy) and these seem really cool because they can just be clipped right on! I really appreciate the example pictures in this!

    Fairly Interested

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    1. Oh yeah, hopefully these clip on ones would work over your case! Let me know if it works for you Sophie x

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  8. These lenses look so awesome! I've become really interested in expanding my photography lately and this seems like a fab place to start!

    http://www.abigailalicex.com

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    1. They're great fun to play around with, I want to expand my iphone photography too, hopefully I'll have some more exciting shots to update you with soon! x

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  9. I just got a little set of iPhone lenses for my birthday, mine are diffent from yours hope mine work as well as yours

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

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    1. Hope they're working out well for your Lauren, enjoy! xx

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  10. Oh my goodness these look amazing! I NEED them! :)

    Anna

    Style & Anna

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