Taking snaps on your phone is something everybody does. Taking artistic ones, well… that’s maybe a bit tricky unless you have something like this.
Now, you may have seen these clip-on lens gadgets before. It’s a simple idea. You use a clip which is almost like a soft clothes pen, with a lens getting placed over your existing smartphone camera. The front or rear.
Within this little box is the 3 in 1 lens set for just £12.95. Included, surprisingly, you’ll find three lenses. To get that third one to work, you’ll need to screw it into the second. The result is either a fish-eye, macro or wide-angle shot.
The clip and the lenses sit snugly in a supplied bag. You just need to select the desired lens, screw it into the clip, then attach it to your phone. We tried it with the iPhone 6s and an LG G4. It worked and fitted onto phones with the camera in the centre or the edge and it’s designed not to fall off – the top and lower section of the clip is in a different position to keep it held in place well.
In use, the fish-eye lens did give me a bit of a “tunnel” appearance and you can see the black edge of the lens on the final shot, plus I did find that the laser focus of the LG G4 got a little bit confused by the attachment, but it did produce some very clear shots.
The macro lens was particularly stunning, and produced some really great up-close shots as you can hopefully see below. The fish-eye lens screws into the flatter macro lens in order to work and produced equally great shots. In fact, they all did. The wide shot too. I was very impressed.
First up, let’s take a look at that macro lens. Here’s some shots from the change in my pocket. To be honest I found this the most useful and fun lens. Installation, as I mentioned earlier, is very simple, just screw it into the clip and off you go.
Here’s some examples from the fish-eye lens, which makes everything appear very bent out of shape. One shot on the G4 and one on the iPhone 6s here…
And finally, the “wide” shot, which gives you a bit more real-estate, and basically means that the camera can “see” more of the world..
Here’s the same shot with different lenses. In order these are normal (no lens at all), wide, fish-eye and macro.
Overall, for £12.95 they’re really rather good, especially if you’re into your macro photography. It kinda made me wish that there were a few more lenses I could use with this, but I did like the little bag that you got with this and the included lens covers to ensure that the lenses didn’t end up getting scratched easily.