Gear Review and Giveaway: olloclip iPhone Lens for the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5/5S for Better Phone Photography
|The OlloClip for the iPhone 5C, including lens caps and bag.|
Olloclip makes a variety of lens options for a variety of devices, including iPhones, iPads, and the Samsung Galaxy. They're neat little devices that, once attached to your phone, give you the option to take photos using different types of effects. Read on for the review and scroll to the bottom of this article to enter the giveaway!
The olloclip 3-in-1 lens for the iPhone 5C gives you three different ways to maximize photo-taking opportunities via fish eye, macro and wide angle effects, but there's a 4-in-1 lens available for some devices as as well as a telephoto, selfie (yep), and macro lens. I took the olloclip 3-in-1 lens for my iPhone 5c to a few of my favorite local destinations to see it helped me take better photos than I can with my phone alone.
|Editing and taking photos in the OlloClip app.|
To switch between the macro, fish eye and wide-angle effects, simply unscrew the lenses and/or re-orient the olloclip. I found myself grateful for the fact that each component of the lens attachment is labeled. The fish eye and macro lenses unscrew easily from the phone attachment, but they're tiny. I dropped the lenses a few times, but luckily, I didn't drop them anywhere I couldn't find them. The olloclip also comes with a small black bag to hold the pieces and it's great for wiping fingerprints off of the lenses.
But really, does using the olloclip allow you to take better pictures?
In short, yes. The fish eye lens is a nice-to-have, given fish eye photos seem to be all the rage these days, but the real benefits to the olloclip are the macro and wide-angle lenses. I love the wide angle lens for landscape photos; I can get so much more of what my eyes can see into my pictures. Given the fact that the majority of the pictures I take on my phone are outdoors, it's a huge plus.
|This photo was taken with my iPhone 5C, no lens attached.|
|This photos was taken with the olloclip wide angle lens. I got so much more land in the photo!|
|Taken from within an inch of one of the OlloClip lenses. The type is about 1/4" tall. Pretty darn clear!|
|Taken from exactly the same distance away as the photo above. Not so clear.|
Despite the fact that I love lenses, there are a few downsides to the iPhone 5C version of the olloclip. First, I don't like having to take the case off of my phone. The lens itself doesn't clip on to my phone at all, and carrying the caseless phone around with the lens attached isn't ideal. It's an extra step and gives me one more thing to drop. Olloclip does make a case that the lens can attach to as well as a package that includes both, but the case is only made for the iPhone 5/5S and 4/4S. Second, using the flash isn't an option with the olloclip I tested because the attachment covers it up. Finally, though the options for photo taking are expanded with the olloclip, I found the lens addition made some of the fish eye and wide angle pictures a little blurry. Overall, the olloclip is a great little gadget, and though it has some limitations, it's still a ton of fun to use.
Win an olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens + Case or a 3-in-1 Photo Lens!We have one olloclip4-in-1 Photo Lens + Case package for the iPhone 5/5S and one olloclip 3-in-1 Photo Lens for the iPhone 5C, the one reviewed here, up for grabs. The olloclips up for grabs here are specific to different types of iPhones, so be sure enter the correct giveaway using the correct widget below. Please also please be sure to leave some method of contact so we can get in touch if you win. Good luck! (Open to United States residents only.) And a huge thanks to olloclip for providing the lenses as giveaway items!
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