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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The wide-angle lens also did wonders for taking selfies by allowing so much more background into the picture.
By removing the silver wide-angle lens, I revealed 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.
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.
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.
Christie also played with the macro lenses and took these photos of her ring for comparison.
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.
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.”