olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens Review


Introduction


Lens attachments for the iPhone aren’t new to us, seeing that we got the chance to review the iPro Lens System earlier in the year. For the hardened shutterbugs out there using an iPhone, it provides owners with that DSLR-like experience with its various lens attachments. However, the most distracting thing was its grossly out of proportioned price of $229. Hell, that’s more than the on-contract cost of the iPhone!

In one way, we truly appreciate the compact and simple design of the olloclip. Our particular model is compatible for the iPhone 5/5s, but they also make other olloclips for the iPhone 4/4S, 5c, and iPad mini/mini with Retina Display/Air. Going with a compact design, the olloclip attaches to the corner of the corner of the phone where rear camera sits – though, it covers up the power button. That’s the least of our worries, seeing that we prefer this design implementation as opposed the case attachment of the iPro Lens System. Now, the one complaint we have is that you’ll need to have a naked iPhone in order to attach the olloclip, since it won’t fit over a case or thick screen protector.

As for the lenses themselves, the fisheye and wide-angle lenses can be removed to respectively expose its 10x and 15x macro lenses. Both the barrels of the fisheye and wide-angle lenses are made from aircraft grade aluminum, which nearly matches the sturdy feel of the brushed aluminum casing of the iPhone 5/5s. Meanwhile, the clip that physically tethers the olloclip to the iPhone is constructed from this soft plastic material – giving it a gentle feeling in order to not scratch the iPhone. Lastly, the olloclip utilizes precision ground, coated glass multi-element optics for the lenses. However, one problem we find is that dust can easily get stuck or lodged in there.

Even though we dig the miniscule size of the olloclip, it’s so compact that we’re afraid that we might lose or forget about it when we store it in our pockets. Luckily, the packaging includes plastic covers that go over the fisheye and wide-angle lenses – to prevent them from getting scratched. Sure, it would be nice if ]this was adjustable to fit various cases, but the company also makes a quick-flip case that conveniently accommodates the olloclip 4-in-1 photo lens.

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4 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I want a fisheye Len for my Lumia 1020, now that'll be dope

2. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Actually very similar to iPro Lens...4 lens and detachable system. I think manufacturers of these cool accessories should stop focussing on iDevices and make them available for Android devices, in particular Samsung because they're more popular in the Android space...

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Neat set of lenses. A friend of mine has the iPro and it produces some pretty good results. While I would personally rather take pictures with an RX100, I can see the appeal of trying to make smartphone cameras better.

4. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

A couple of photo samples would've been nice.

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