What Is It
Imagine turning round the corner and suddenly looking at an awesome scenery with bright colors and perfect lighting, but not being able to capture it without DSLR-camera. Worry not! Just buy one of these compact pocket-sized lenses for your iPhone and never again will you miss a chance to take those pictures. Grab and share the most memorable moments with your friends with one of these.
Basically, iPhone lenses are small but fully functional lenses, just like the ones used in SLR cameras, and have different qualities and purpose as well. They are truly much more convenient than hauling your DSLR camera around or at events where big cameras are not allowed. Without a doubt, iPhone cameras are outstanding, but combine them with those lenses and you will be blown away with all the new ways to express your imagination. Furthermore, you can take not only scenery photos, but there are Macro and Telephoto lenses to magnify the object to focus on all the itty-bitty details.
What Features to Compare
Before buying the lens, first of all, choose what you want to achieve, before taking your pick. There are many different types of lenses on the market, however, the most commonly used are the following:
- Fisheye lens - for unusual circular shaped photos with full 180° wide angle of view. A nice lens to snap selfies with a large group of people or to direct attention to the single object, but also capturing the background, to show the context of the place.
- Wide-Angle lens - classic lens with almost twice the usual iPhone camera viewing angle, allowing more things along the horizontal line into the photo. It's usually used for group photos or panoramic view.
- Macro lens - used to magnify things in a very close proximity to the camera. It has a shallow field of focus, allowing you to spotlight specific details, like flower petals or dew drops.
- Telephoto lens - another type of magnifying lens, however, this one makes distant objects look closer and has a long focus. Great for picking out and capturing one or several distant objects.
The next is compatibility. Some lenses can be used only with specific iPhone models. We encourage you to check out the way the lens is mounted on the phone and pick-up the one you like the most. Usually, it is a clothespin-like clip or iPhone case. The clip can be easily fixed on the phone, however, pay attention not to scratch your device. By default, lenses can be changed with a screwing motion.
Finally, pay attention to some additional features, like different color schemes, lens protection caps, pouches, tripods and, above all, different amount of lenses.