With the holiday season creeping up fast, everyone is looking for that great gift for that special someone. Well the iPhone clip-on Olloclip lens package may just be that perfect gift idea.
Olloclip started on Kickstarter only a year and a half ago and in this short time they’ve bloomed into an $11 million dollar business. The innovative thinkers have created a clip-on lens package that fits on the iPhone to enhance its camera’s photo taking abilities.
Now they’ve launched a 3-in-1 macro lens package that gives a user three different magnifications. The package will give a user 21x, 14x and a 7x magnification, depending on how close or how much detail they’d like to capture. They clip-on the iPhone just like the other products the company sells, and they sit over the smartphone’s built-in lens neatly.
The iPhone will let a photographer get within a few inches of the subject, but the Olloclip macro package will reduce that distance to about half. There is one slight drawback when trying to take macros photos without Olloclip’s solutions; that is having a challenge holding the camera still enough to snap clear pictures. This can prove to be quite the challenge without having a brace or mount. Olloclip comes with a cone shaped device that is precisely the right distance for a perfect clear shot and focus.
These cones are semi-transparent enough to be able to get the job done, but they do block some light from reaching the subject. The macro cones work best in a brighter than normal location.
The 3-in-1 clip-on macro lens package comes with a soft carrying pouch, an iPod adapter, the three lenses and the two cones. They fit both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5. Olloclip’s are available at the Apple Store for only $69.99, making this one great gift idea this holiday season.
The clip-on lenses work with all the iPhone photography apps but aspiring photographers can also use the Olloclip app in both still picture mode as well as video mode.
Olloclip previously launched a clip-on lens package with 4-in-1 capabilities. The product went through a quick redesign but now includes four refined modes. It packs a dual-sided functionality with one side having a fisheye lens and a 15x macro, the other being a 10x macro with a slightly increased focal length.
The 4-in-1 package also works with all the iPhone apps and in still picture and video modes on Olloclip’s app. The lenses are designed from aircraft-grade aluminum and the glass is precision-ground and coated optical glass. It fits the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5. It also fits the iPod Touch 4th and 5th generation. Gift buyers can order them online directly from Olloclip or check the Apple Store for stock.
The Olloclip clip-on lens idea is very similar to the much larger DSLR camera lens packages but they’re much smaller than their ancestors and much more convenient to use. Since DSLR lens packages are usually hundreds of dollars more expensive, the iPhone clip-on lenses make this a great and economical gift idea.
By Brent Matsalla