We've seen lens attachments for the iPhone before, but none of them have been of this caliber. Or price point, but more on that in a minute. At CES 2016, a young brand known as ExoLens (owned by its parent Fellowes) is showing off its latest products, including a pretty awesome-sounding set of lenses developed in collaboration with a name you might have heard of – Zeiss. The latter, in case you need a refresher, is one of the leading companies in the realm of professional optics.
ExoLens is launching three new Zeiss lenses for the iPhone, each with its own application – wide-angle, telephoto, and macro. The wide-angle lens expands the camera's field of view, the telephoto lens adds optical zoom to bring subjects closer, and the macro lens is designed for extreme close-up shots, somewhere in the range between 3 to 12 centimeters. Keeping each lens firmly in place is the ExoLens custom mount, which attaches to the iPhone itself.
iPhone 6/6s and the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus, but compatibility with other smartphones is to be added eventually. Surely, that would be a matter of developing a mount for other handsets. Specifics aren't laid out, but it seems safe to assume that ExoLens would make its products compatible with the high-end Samsung Galaxy phones.At launch, the lenses will be compatible solely with the
Anyone looking to get a set of these will be able to do so in "late Q2 2016", when the ExoLens Zeiss lenses will be released via specialty stores, as well as on Amazon and at the brand's own online store. For $299, you'll be able to get the macro and wide-angle lens in a set, while the telephoto lens will set you back another $199. Of course, cheaper alternatives are available, and you can take a look in our selection of iPhone camera accessories for photo and video.