ōlloClip: The Perfect Photo Accessory for Your Next Adventure

Occasionally, and I do mean occasionally, Christie and I find ourselves aimlessly perusing thru an electronics store. On this trip, we happened to go to Best Buy and were on our way out when Christie was stopped in her tracks by an iPhone 6+ case she had to have. In this very same section we happened to see something interesting, a lens set for an iPhone. Whaaaat???   The product was called the ōlloclip® 4-in-1 photo lens and we saw the set available for iPhones 5/5S, and the 6/6+. Christie and I both have the iPhone 6+ so I will be speaking of our experience with this specific lens set.

The set is offered in silver/black or the white/gold option. We (and by “we”, I mean “I”) opted for the manlier silver/black option. The set (at Best Buy) retails at about $80 plus tax, which isn’t too bad considering the capabilities that the lens set offers. The 4-in-1 set offers a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens, as well as 10x and 15x macro lenses all packed into a convenient clip that attaches to the top of your phone. To make it even more compact, the 10x and 15x lenses are located beneath the removable fisheye and wide-angle lenses.

For those of you with other devices who are currently wondering if you can get this product – we found out from their website that they offer the ōlloclip for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 6/6+ as well as for iPad and Samsung Galaxy S series!

The ōlloclip.

The ōlloclip box.

The set provides you 3 color options (ours came with green, blue, and black) for your lens to clip to and then attach to a sleek lanyard.

Clip color options

Clip color options

Also included are two clear rubber lens covers, which come in a nice little lens-friendly bag (which can also be used to clean the lenses). All together I think it’s a nice compact and convenient little set that allows me to expand my capabilities as a photographer without lugging around any heavy equipment. Let me tell you about my experience with the ōlloclip® so far.

The unpackaged set.

The unpackaged set.

Upon opening the package, I chose the black clip because, well, I’m manly and black is a manly color. I attached the sleek gray lanyard and noticed lumps in the lens-friendly bag. This is when I found the convenient clear rubber lens covers and a small piece of black plastic. “Odd” I thought to myself. I’m glad I didn’t pull the normal man move and toss it, because it happened to be the adapter insert for the iPhone 6+. The clip came standard with the iPhone 6 insert already affixed.

6+ adapter

6+ adapter

A quick swap of the inserts (ensure you install the insert properly, i.e. side 2 to side 2; it does matter) and I was ready to roll. This brings me to my first con of the ōlloclip®: it does not work with the case on my iPhone. I’m a dude, and kind of a mongo. I drop my phone a lot. Thank goodness I put a sturdy Pelican case on my phone otherwise I think I would be on my fifth iPhone 6+ by. But I digress. I was disappointed that I would have to remove my case every time I want to use my “clip”, but once again, a trade I’m willing to make. Upon further investigation as I am writing this post, I found out that you can buy cases specifically made by ōllo® to work with the “clip”… check some out here.

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The ōlloclip attached to the iPhone 6+

The ōlloclip attached to the iPhone 6+

With a little finagling and adjusting I finally fit the wide-angle lens over the forward facing camera. This brings me to my second “con”; the “clip” actually cracked my glass screen protector.  This may have been due to my aforementioned mongo-ness or not. I don’t know how it would react to other types of screen covers, but the glass cover crunched under the pressure of the clip. I plan to invest in one of the ōlloClip-specific cases and possibly try out a non-glass screen protector.

My cracked glass.

My cracked glass.

So the first lens I played with is the wide-angle lens. I didn’t notice much of a difference until I actually removed the “clip” and was surprised at the difference in the field of view.

Without the wide-angle lens.

Fountain in the Alamo Courtyard – Without the wide-angle lens.

 

With the wide-angle lens.

From the same spot with the wide-angle lens.

The wide-angle lens also did wonders for taking selfies by allowing so much more background into the picture.

A selfie without the wide-angle lens.

A selfie taken normally, without the wide-angle lens.

 

A selfie with the wide-angle lens.

A selfie taken with the wide-angle lens.

By removing the silver wide-angle lens, I revealed the 10x macro lens.

The wide-angle lens, once removed reveals the 10x macro lens.

The wide-angle lens, once removed reveals the 10x macro lens underneath.

 

The removed lens.

The removed lens, taken with the 10x macro lens.

I pointed the camera at an object about a foot away, and the image was extremely out of focus. Upon further investigation by my shutterbug of a wife, it turns out the macro lens requires you to hold the camera very close to the object you are photographing in order for it to come into focus. The 10x macro lens provided amazing detail and clarity that the standard iPhone camera just doesn’t capture.

A metal grate table top with the standard 6+ camera.

A metal grate table top with the standard iPhone 6+ camera.

 

The same table top with the 10x macro lens.

The same table top with the 10x macro lens.

 

And with the 15x macro lens.

And now with the 15x macro lens.

I flipped the ōlloClip around and places the fisheye lens over the camera and played with that for a few minutes. Once again I was surprised at how clear and crisp these images are and how well the lenses work.

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The Riverwalk through the Fisheye Lens

 

Playing with the fisheye lens.

Playing with the fisheye lens.

To get to the 15x macro lens I removed the fisheye lens and was awestruck at the magnification and clarity the 15x lens provides. From grains of ground pepper to the metal mesh table top, the 15x lens zooms you into the smallest details.

Ground pepper with the 10x lens.

Ground pepper with the 10x lens.

 

And with the 15x lens.

And with the 15x lens.

Christie also played with the macro lenses and took these photos of her ring for comparison.

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Christie’s ring with the normal iPhone 6″ Camera

 

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Christie’s Ring with the 10x Macro Lens

 

Christie’s Ring through the 15X Macro Lens

While great for comparison purposes, I kinda wish she hadn’t done that, as now she wants a better diamond 😛 Anyway, moving on.

We tried out the macro lenses again on some plantlife near the Alamo. This photo shows the flowers we were photographing and how small they really were.

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Flower Subject, With Size Reference

 

A flower (Christie's hand for perspective) and the same flower with the 10x lens.

Stunning Macro Shot with 10X Lens

Our overall first impression of the ōllocip® is a great one. We like the capabilities that it offers and what it allows us to do with our iPhones. As full-time RVers, we have very limited space and we also find ourselves using our phones more than we would a normal camera. We really don’t have room for camera gear anyway, nor are we the type to want to lug it around. We’ve both wanted to get into photography more and we have even had DSLR cameras and extra lenses… but we just don’t take the stuff with us. We just don’t want to, plain and simple. Not to mention how expensive it is to invest in all of the equipment. With the ŌlloClip, we have everything we need in one small budget-friendly package. We like it so much, we just might have to get another one so we don’t have to share, and we are also interested in trying out the ōlloClip Active, which provides an Ultra Wide-Angle lens and a Telephoto lens. Thanks to its compact nature and easy accessibility, the ŌlloClip is the perfect accessory for these two “phone photographers.”

First Trailer Trip: Experiences & Lessons

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There’s a first for everything… and usually, firsts include a lot of lessons!! Our very first trip in our trailer was a relatively short one, just over 160 miles from our home to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Firstly…. it’s extremely hilly. Getting up over Vail Pass with our trailer was slow going. We left home late on purpose because the park had a later check-in time. We didn’t account for how slow we would have to drive! What is normally a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive in our car took more like 6 hours. Brian had to go about 30mph a lot of the time. Not really a problem… except for the fact that now we were pulling into our very first campground at dusk and Brian had to set up for the very first time… in the dark.

Lesson 1: Leave plenty of extra time in your travel day so that you aren’t setting up in the dark. Also, bring flashlights or head lamps.

Also, we were so happy to get such a cheap rate on the campground since it was off-season and we were thinking how proud we were to be spending so little on our first getaway. Totally didn’t even realize we would use an ENTIRE tank of gas getting there, due to all the hills.

Lesson 2: Account for gas expenses.

As for the campsite and setting up in the dark, he managed to back in pretty well… we had walkie talkies for me to help him, but he really didn’t need much help. No sewer hookup at this one, just a central dump, so all he had to do was quickly set up the stabilizers and leveling jacks and hook up water and electricity. Easy peasy. Before we knew it we were getting in the trailer.

Oops… a bunch of dishes fell out on the ride over. Also, our dinette table, which is not fixed, fell right over.

Lesson 3: Cabinets (and everything else!) need to be secured. Little short bungee cords with hooks on them were purchased. We now travel with the dinette table laid down.

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That night we snuggled up in bed… and realized just how uncomfortable we really were… even with our memory foam mattress topper and pillows, a bed made out of a table is just that.

Lesson 4: Try out your trailer or RV bed before you go on your first real trip.

In the morning, things started off quite well! Brian cooked breakfast outside, we made coffee, and me being the oh-so-helpful wife that I am did all of the dishes. Wait…. what’s that? The grey tank is already FULL?!

Lesson 5: Tiny, lightweight trailers have extremely small tanks. You really have to conserve water if you don’t have a sewer hookup.

This lesson was a hard one because now we had to repack everything inside, undo everything on the outside and hook back up to the car just to go dump. Then bring it back and set everything up again. Oy. Oh, and in dumping, Brian realized he forgot his rubber gloves. He used his work gloves and then we had to go buy some rubber gloves in town, which we left in the trailer storage compartment.

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We didn’t shower at this RV park, but instead showered when we visited the Hot Springs pool. When we got ready to go to the pool, we realized we had both forgotten flip flops – a must for any public showering expedition, especially RV Parks. I also forgot my hair dryer! Luckily, they had high wall-mounted hand dryers at the hot springs for just this reason… so at least I was able to dry my hair.

Lesson 6: Make a check-list, check it twice and make sure you have everything you are going to need.

WHEW!!! All in all, not too bad of a list for a very first experience… but I will say we were VERY glad that we decided to do a test run before the big month-long honeymoon trip. We were able to get quite a few of the kinks worked out AND plan a lot better for the big trip.

 

 

Our First Organization Attempts

It’s hard to know exactly what you will need when  you haven’t even camped in the trailer before… yet you have to try! We have visited the usual spots like Target & WalMart for the basics as well as some specialty places like The Container Store for some, for lack of a better word, specialty items! We wanted to share a few of the items that we are using to get organized and supply our home on wheels.

Stacking, color coded food containers

Stacking, color coded food containers

Post-it pockets

Post-it pockets

Perfect for paperwork we want to keep track of

Perfect for paperwork we want to keep track of

Mail organizer for keeping dishes together

Mail organizer for keeping dishes together

Little bungees, many uses

Little bungees, many uses