Gear

Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens

Fish-eye, Wide-Angle, and Macro Lens for the iPhone

Olloclip's impressive, compact, 4-in-1 Photo Lens takes Apple iPhone 5 and 5s picture-taking capability to another level. This quick-connect lens straddles the iPhone's built-in lens, and on one side is a wide angle; the other a fisheye. Simply remove the 4-in-1 and flip it over to change lenses. The outer elements unscrew to access a 10x and 15x macro lens.

The 4-in-1 lens, made of glass and housed in a solidly built aluminum casing, measures 1.5″, weighs less than 1 o., and slips on with a reassuring snug fit. Before using the lens, you have to remove your phone's case; however, Olloclip sells the Quick-Flip Case, an optional specialized case that includes the Pro-Photo Adapter (for mounting on a tripod or attaching a microphone or light) and a hinged corner that swings out of the way to let you mount the lens. It's cleverly designed to let you use it to trip the phone's plus volume "shutter" button.

The wide-angle lens approximately doubles your field of view and is very effective in tight spaces and landscapes. Although it's sharp, there's some edge softness and barrel distortion, and Olloclip provides a free app to correct the barrel distortion. The fisheye approximates 180° and is fun for those fisheye occasions; the images it produces are sharp at the center and soft at the edges. The pièce de resistance is its two amazing macro lenses, which extend a detailed view of the world that's easily overlooked. They have impressive lens quality and strength to close in on your subject.

Warning: The 4-in-1 lens covers both the iPhone's power switch and flash.

Olloclip's 4-in-1 Photo Lens comes with lens caps and a soft carrying bag that doubles as a lens cleaner. It's practical, well designed, easy-to-use, and fun.

Company: Olloclip
Price: $69.99 ($99.99 with case)
Web: www.olloclip.com
Rating: 4.5
Hot: Versatile accessory
Not: Small size makes it easy to mislay

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