We’re living in a time where people will not touch their food until they’ve taken a snap, they will not step outside the house until they’ve taken a selfie and will probably capture something completely random just for the sake of taking a picture. There are plenty of Instagram junkies out there but equally people that generally just want to take some really good photos; be it for memories, to share, to print, whatever. Pictures are a pretty big deal in this day and age and with Smartphone cameras demonstrating great potential it’s no surprise. But what’s better than an amazing camera? A camera with an incredible lens of course. There are a large number of different types you can get, which come in different sizes and a range of prices but generally price does reflect quality.
I’m very pleased with the iPhone 6s camera but I fancied purchasing a lens so I could take even better photos. I looked around and came across the Olloclip 4-in-1, an award winning Lens designed for the iPhone. Its lens options tickled my fancy so I went ahead and purchased it and I’m very glad I did.
IN THE BOX
The Olloclip comes packed with a pocket sized (2.62cm height / 5.38cm width) 4-in-1 lens (including Fisheye, Wide-Angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro), three wearable pendants, a lanyard, a key chain, a carrying pouch and an iPhone 6s Plus insert (the iPhone 6s insert is pre-fitted).
SLIDE IT ON / TWIST IT OFF
The 4-in-1 lens is super easy to use, simply slide it on to your preferred side. You can choose to have the Fish eye for the front facing camera and the wide angle for the rear camera or vice versa. If you want to go for one of the Macro lenses instead then you simply unscrew the fish eye lens to make use of the 10x Macro lens or unscrew the wide angle one to really get up and close with the 15x Macro lens, remembering to place the lens cap/s on the other side to prevent accidentally touching the lens. When you’re done, just slide it off. Nice and easy.
This lens does not capture noticeable different images. At first glance, you only really notice the difference when you compare it to one taken without the lens but that’s not a bad thing. It’s actually a very useful lens because it captures at a much wider angle, as its name suggests, (almost double the field of view), meaning you get more in the photo. Not only is this handy for squeezing everything into a single shot but it helps take some incredible images of landscapes.
The Fish Eye lens offers fun imagery. It turns your photos into cool images where any objects in the center appear very large whilst anything outside bends into a spherical shape at the edges. With this lens you get a field of view of around 180 degrees, allowing you to create some captivating images, especially when you tilt your phone.
Fish Eye shot
MACRO 10x & MACRO 15x
Think of the Macro lenses as a magnified glass; they enable you to capture great detail of an object or the subject in the photo. Designed for extreme close ups, you get real sharp quality, revealing details that the human eye cannot detect, which is very impressive. These lenses help bring things to life and it really is amazing just how much detail you get. Photos of eyes using the macro lens tend to be quite epic and spiders too.
The only tip I can give with the Macro lenses is that it’s best to use a small tripod for getting real sharp up-close shots just because it would make it easier to focus whilst steady.
Macro Lens shot showing eyelashes in great detail
PRICE & COMPATIBILITY
The Olloclip 4-in-1 is good for anyone looking for a very decent lens at a reasonable cost. It is sold for £69.95 at Olloclip’s website and at Apple too. (Apple selling this must imply it’s good, right?) The good thing is that it can be used with the following iPhone models:
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
So if you’re thinking of switching to the Plus model or to the smaller model then the lens will not be useless as it can be used with either.
The following models are also compatible but using a different 4-in-1 lens which you can check out below:
I have to admit I was slightly nervous about how the lens would turn out because I’ve never really bought one before, despite seeing images taken from it online. But when it arrived, I was like a kid in a candy shop; super excited. Obviously I took photos of the box before unpacking it and then more photos of the product itself. I mean, that’s normal nowadays right? After a few camera clicks, I got down to business and boy was I impressed.
The Fish Eye lens is great for fun photos and could produce some really awesome imagery but it really depends on the location / view and your imagination. The wide angle is superb for taking photos of a large group of people or really amazing scenery, it is so useful and I tend to use that one the most. My favourites have got to be the Macro lenses though, purely because of the detail that they capture, like wow. Thanks to its pocket-size the Olloclip goes everywhere with me. After all, “The best camera is the one that’s always with you”
What are your first impressions on this lens? (I'm not the best photographer out there but I will upload some better photos soon). Would you consider buying it? I’d love to know your thoughts below.