But they are a weighty and bulky combo, so when Mama is loaded up like a yak heading out on a Himalayan expedition, they often get left behind, my trusty & ever-present iPhone stuffed in my pocket.
I continue to be impressed with the images I capture & create with this humble smartphone and my favorite simple photo editing apps (SnapSeed, PhotoCollage, Instagram), but there are times when what I want to capture is just beyond the iPhone's photographic range, so I've been exploring the selection of iPhone lenses.
The two lens systems I've been coveting . . .
The olloclip sports three lenses -- wide angle, fisheye and macro -- in one sleek, simple and reasonably priced ($69.99) unit that slip into a microfiber bag/lens cloth.
The iPro Lens System Pro also offers three lenses -- 2x tele, wide angle and fisheye lenses -- as well as a rugged iPhone case with built-in tripod mount that the lenses attach to, and a nifty handle/lens case, but it also comes with a heftier price tag of $299. There is a Duo - 2x tele & wide angle - for just $219.
I'd love to grab both set ups to play with, but Mama's got an annual blogging budget that's already been blown (and then some!), so I had to make a tough choice.
Surprise, surprise -- I choose the more affordable olloclip to start off with.
Here are a few super snaps I took on our Saturday morning hike.
olloclip pros -
- small, slips easily into my shorts pocket
- microfiber pouch stores unit & cleans lenses
- I loved having a wide angle option in my pocket!
- great photos - rich colors, super fine details
- no telephoto
- have take iPhone out of case to slip on the olloclip unit
- if I want to attach my iPhone to a tripod (like a GorillaMobile) and be able to use my olloclip, I have to purchase a separate mount (like the Glif for $20-$30)
Another reason I opted for the olloclip first -- it offers a macro lens (which I'm looking forward to trying out for some of my foodie posts), while the iPro Lens System does not offer a macro lens.
As far as a fisheye lens goes -- it's not a tool I need in my photography quiver. Maybe I'll play with it a bit, get a few quirky shots, but it's not something I'm all that excited about spending money to get, so I'd probably save a few $$ and go with an iPro Lens Duo ($219) instead of the pricier Pro.
These days are you snapping most of your photos, or precious video moments, with your iPhone?
Are you using external lenses with your iPhone? I'd love to hear what you're liking (or not) & why.
Note: I received no consideration or compensation from the manufacturers of the products mention in this post. This is just little ol' me playing with a new toy and dreaming of others.