I've gotten lots of questions on instagram about my iphone lens and thought I'd share this fun little toy and how it works, exactly.
It's called an ōlloclip, and you can get them pretty much anywhere you would find other phone accessories. They're around $70 (for all 3 lenses) for the iphone 5, and less for other models.You can't use it with your case on, and I find that to be the only drawback. It comes with a little cloth bag to keep the dust out, and I stash it in my purse so it's handy wherever I am (and to stay safe from curious fingers). All you do is slip it over the corner of your phone. I've never had an issue of it falling off, it's pretty snug.
The smaller lens is actually two-in-one. It is the wide angle with the attachment on,
and the macro lens when you unscrew it and take it off.
Flip the ōlloclip around to the larger side, and that's the fisheye lens. So. How do the images look? Here is an example of me standing just a couple of feet from the edge of the top of the stairs. I stayed in the exact same spot, just switched out the lens, no filtering on any of the images. Obviously, there is some distortion with both lenses, but you can get a lot more in the shot with the fisheye compared to no lens.
And here is an example of how close I'm able to get with just the phone camera, and how close I can get with the macro lens. You control the focus by moving the whole phone until the image is clear.
Here's another example of the wide angle and the fisheye, and you can get a better sense of the amount of distortion from the street. Because, I promise, it's a straight road.
My favorite is the macro lens. Look up hashtag #macrodill on instagram to see all my macro shots. From eyes to toes ;)
I haven't ever printed any of my images from my phone, and I know you wouldn't be able to keep the resolution if you want a larger print, but for the phone, I think the macro images are pretty amazing.
Just for fun, here's the same image, taken with my dslr macro lens.
Disclaimer: I won't take responsibility for any ōlloclip addictions. Unless you just wanted to thank me. (And gammy, for getting me one.)
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