In the #2014 rewind my favourite gift of 2014 was lense set for iPhone 6 (olloclip). Here’s a little olloclip review that I wrote after using it for about 3 weeks.
What does olloclip do?
Olloclip is a lense for mobile devices. It allows you to take photos with settings that are not originally shipped with a smartphone camera: fisheye or macro pictures for example. It’s made from aircraft grade aluminum and precision-ground, coated glass optics. Custom lense sets exist for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch & Samsung Galaxy S. Olloclip family includes fisheye, wide-angle, macro and telephoto lenses.
Olloclip started on KickStarter. The concept campaign founder Patrick O’Neill evolved his olloclip product idea into a reality. Since then, olloclip modifications have been released for a variety of devices and has attracted a legion of passionate users.
How does olloclip work?
First, you need to attach a lens on top of the phone camera. For iPhone 6 it works really smooth, considering that you device doesn’t have any case on.
After attaching the lens olloclip lenses the camera autofocuses through the olloclip lens. It’s pretty straight forward: fisheye displays a fisheye picture, wide angle gives you wide angle (kind of like what you can achieve with the panorama option, but the camera doesn’t have to be rotated) and macro lenses produce a magnified image.
I’m using a basic thin transparent phone case, and olloclip surprisingly works with it (although, they don’t guarantee any support for phone cases on the website). The clipping process is just no very smooth with a case (obviously) and you have to adjust the position of the camera manually. Unfortunately, it won’t work with most cases being designed to work with a naked, caseless mobile device. However, there’s a case designed by olloclip team themselves with a rotating corner that allows to instantly clip on an olloclip lens without removing the case.
There’s a variety of products in olloclip family. Different lens sets, different colours, and different phone models to be installed onto.
My model specifically is the 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus. It features front and rear-facing camera design. One lens system contains four unique lenses that work with both iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and the larger iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inch). The package also includes a wearable pendant.
The lenses included into my 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus are:
- 10x Macro
- 15x Macro
Pictures taken with olloclip
Examples of pictures that I made with these lenses. Hundreds of pictures are posted under Instagram #olloclip hashtag and on flickr link given at the bottom of this article.
Olloclip is a great gadget for mobile photographers. I definitely recommend to check it out!
Also, I’m probably not the only person who is expecting the telephoto lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus to come out next, and I’m looking forward to try it!