Thanks to upgrades with each new iPhone, we’ve seen the explosive growth of iPhoneography and photography apps. With the design of the iPhone obviously centered around communication (and fitting in your pocket) with the camera secondary, Apple has yet to integrate an actual adjustable lens, optical zoom and manual focus. And any pro to amateur photographer knows the pain of the digital focus found on any smart phone camera. So now we’re seeing the fast expanding world of iPhone lenses. Let’s check out 10 cool ones, some functional and fun for the casual photographer, letting you fit a lens on that also fits in your pocket, some for the serious photographer with mini-telephoto lenses and some are just plain excessive, like a mount for a full SLR lens!
This lens is actually 3 lenses in one, making it a great portable option for the casual user. The lens is double ended, with a fish-eye lens and the other side a 10x macro-lens, with and attachable wide-angle lens. It comes with a lens cap for each end and a little travel bag. This makes it one of the few lens sets that you could carry in your pocket no problem.
iPhone Telephoto Lens ($35)
Here is a mini-telephoto lens that give a big 8x magnification for those long distance photos. While carrying it around seems a bit excessive, it’s still much more compact and portable than bringing a camera with that level of zoom and could even fit in your pocket as well. It comes with its own black iPhone case to mount it onto, along with a collapsible table tripod, case and cleaning cloth. So with this, you have you can take distance, low-light and steady shots in a neat little package! Perfect for a photographer who wants these camera options who doesn’t want to carry the full size camera and equipment for (or pay for it).
Jelly Camera iPhone Lens Filters ($15 set of 3)
This cute colorful jelly lens set fits on any smartphone, with 3 different effects available. Sized and ready to attach to your keychain, these lenses use a gummy ring to repeatedly stick to your smartphone. The pack of 3 lens is only $15, with a kaleidoscope, starburst and wide angle effect.
Fisheye, Macro, Wide Angle and Telephoto iPhone Lens Set ($49 set of 3)
Like the jelly lens filters, this set of 3 lenses can also be stuck to any smartphone. These lenses use a removable magnetic ring that allows for easily changing but also sturdy enough. These lenses have a nice aluminum finish and use high-clarity glass to ensure quality pictures. The telephoto lens does 2x zoom and the fisheye lens covers 180 degrees. The combo wide/macro lens covers .67 wide and the macro focuses between 10-23mm. They all come with front and back lens covers, keychain attachments and can also be bought separately at $20-$25 each.
Turtleback SLR Lens Mount for iPhone ($249)
This SLR lens adapter goes all the way, letting you mount a full Canon or Nikon SLR lens onto your iPhone. The iPhone case and adapter are made of aluminum, ensuring its strength and durability. Note it doesn’t include an SLR lens, but it includes a tripod and the case has strap loops, letting you hang your iPhone around your neck like a real DSLR camera. So if you own a SLR lens, you can now bring your iPhone into its world.
Easy Macro Lens Band ($15)
Now back to a casual option with the easy macro lens band. This lens band works for any smartphone, letting you simply strap it on for macro pictures. Not only does it take up pretty much no space in your pocket, you can even sport it as a wristband to make sure you don’t loose it.
iPhone Lens Dial ($249)
Here is an expensive and flashy option to having a set of lenses. Here you have 3 optical-quality lenses mounted to an iPhone case, letting you rotate between them. Made with aluminum, the whole thing weights 10oz, so about double an iPhone’s weight. It includes a 0.7x wide angle, 0.33x fisheye and a 1.5x telephoto lens. It also comes with 2 tripods, one for portrait and one for landscape pictures.
Holga iPhone Lens Filter Kit ($24.99)
This fun lens filter kit comes in a 5 colors and offers 9 different filters. This lets you skip the apps for some real lens effects, from colors, multiple split images and a macro. Check out the link below to see the full selection of filters.
iPro Lens Sytem for iPhone ($199)
The iPro lens system at $199 gives you two professional quality set of two lenses. The lenses use a bayonet mount to securely attach to the case. It also comes with a handle, which helps you keep shots stable, lets you attach it to a tripod and also conveniently stores the lenses inside. The whole thing is made from anodized aluminum, making it stronger and more resistant to wear or corrosion than regular aluminum. The wide angle lens gives a 35% wider view and fisheye lens gives a 165 degree view. The maker, Schneider, plans to release a telephoto lens in the near future, which should retail for around $100.
iPhone Microscope ($17)
For our last camera lens I’ve decided to go with a microscope. This cool looking device offers a 60x magnification level, with 3 LEDs. Two LEDs are used to illuminate your specimen and one is used as a note detector, letting you see watermarks on paper currency. It comes with a carry case and the lens mounts with a sleeve that slides over the top of your iPhone. It uses 3 little lithium batteries as a power source.
Do you use any lenses for your iPhone not mentioned here you’d like to recommend, please let us know in the comments below!
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