Smartphones have taken the mobile photography to the next level. With the number of customizations available through various apps, your smartphone doubles up as your favorite camera as well. With the increase in the megapixel rating the pictures captured from your smartphones get richer and richer. Having said that, the cameras in the smartphones have their own limitations. Your smartphone suits well for regular photography. However, when you look for those professional shoots of a wildlife photographer where there is a need for higher zoom and wider angle, the camera in your smartphone may fall short of the expectations. Well, don’t get too depressed. There is a solution for this that would make your smartphones compete with those professional cameras. Yes, I am talking about Lens Kits.
1. TECHO HD Camera Lens Kits
The TECHO HD camera lens kit is a small 2 in 1 clip-on detachable high definition lens that can be used with smartphones and digital cameras. The universal clip can attach any 37MM Thread DSLR lens to your mobile turning it into a Digital SLR camera instantly. The Professional HD lens ensures the captured image is near perfect by reducing glass flares and the usual ghosting that is caused by reflection. The built-in 12.5X super macro lens enables you to take extreme close-up shoots. The Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit is compatible with iPhone 6s / 6s Plus / 6 / 5s, and other mobile phones.
We tried this on my smartphone and managed to take a few clicks. This being the first time, I had to get used to setting this up. We were blown away by the image output. Even the minute details were captured and the pictures looked like they were real. The macro lens allows you to take pictures of even tiny objects with astonishing details. The wide angle lens can be used to take range snaps of frames with a larger range like landscape, buildings, and a group of people. In fact this equipment can be used on any mobile phone in which the distance between the camera lens and the top surface is less than 1 inch. The lenses are rimmed to reduce any light reflected around its edge. Besides the 0.45X wide angle lens screwed with the 12.5X macro lens and the universal 37MM thread clip, you also get 2 lens cover, 1 leatherette pouch, 1 microfiber cleaning cloth and of course a user guide.
2. AUKEY 3 in 1 Clip-on Phone Lens Kit
As the name indicates the AUKEY 3 in 1 Clip-on Phone Lens Kit consists of 3 detachable lenses. The manufacturer notes say that this is compatible with iPhone 6/ 6s/ 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 Edge/Galaxy Note 4, iPad, and other smartphones and tablets. The lens kit consists of 1 fish eye lens, 1 Macro/wide angle lens combo, 2 clips and a lens cleaning cloth with the warranty card. The 180 degree fisheye lens allows you to get a wide hemispherical image without any of those dark corners. The 10X macro lens can be used to take extreme close-up snaps as close as 1 inch, while the wide angle lens gives you a bigger range to shoot. The professional optical coating lens is made of professional grade HD glass to reduce glare and image distortions caused due to reflection.
We found the clip-on lens quite easy to use. They can be easily detached and contain portable clamps made of soft rubber. So, you can be sure that using this is not going to leave any marks or scratches on your expensive smartphone. This works on most smartphones and tablets that have a camera lens with diameter less than 13 mm. The lens rim is made of metal and gives you a sturdy feel. We tried clicking a bee from an acceptable distance and were quite pleased with the image output. The bee looked like the one we used to see in the sci-fi movies. The unit weighs just about 50 grams and is very easy to carry around.
3. VicTsing Clip-On 180 Degree Premium Fisheye+ 0.65X Wide Angle+ 10X Macro Lens
The VicTsing Clip-On 180 Degree Premium Fisheye is compatible with iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 5, 5S, 4, 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Galaxy Note 2 and 3, and other smartphones. The package contains Wide and macro lens that are screwed together and can be detached if required. You also have a premium Fisheye lens that gives you a 180 degree vision. The high quality Japanese lens is encased in an aluminium alloy shell with a blue tape plating to increase light transmittance.
We found the flexible adjustment design quite easy to slot the lens in the right position. The soft non-skid rubber ensures that there are no slips while using this. This lens kit can be used with any smartphone that is not more than 1.5 cm thick and the distance between the camera lens and the top edge of the phone is less than 4 cm. The 0.65X wide lens coupled with the 10X macro helps you take snaps with details as close as 1 – 1.5 CMs. Using this on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, we were able to take astonishing clicks with great detail. There was no sign of any black border around the pictures that we clicked. We also loved the carry case that was included in the box. You can literally carry this anywhere without any hassle.
4. Amir HD Camera Lens Kits
The Amir HD camera Lens Kit comes with a 0.45X Super Wide Angle Lens and a 12.5X Macro Lens. These Clip-On Cell Phone Lens is compatible with iPhone 6s / 6 Plus / 5s, Samsung Galaxy, and many more. In fact, the universal detachable clamp design offers wide compatibility. Further, the 37mm clip can accommodate almost any DSLR lens in it. This unit also uses a high quality glass that is rimmed to reduce reflection around the edges of the lens. It uses the PHD (Premium High definition) lenses that prevents ghosting caused due to reflections and reduces glass flare in the output image. All these put together gives you a perfect shot with no noticeable distortion.
The 0.45x super wide angled lens gives you a wide high definition view and the picture captured is free from any distortion. The 12.5x macro lens gives you super close up shots. When we used it, we were able to even see the hair strands of our pet dog with utmost clarity. This lens kit employs bigger lenses than its counterparts which helps you get a bigger picture than the smaller lenses.
5. TEQSTONE Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
This 8-in-1 Clip-On Camera lens kit from TEQSTONE comes with a 8 set of attachments to give you a complete photography experience for different situations. The clip-on design is expected to work on all mobile phone camera lenses that have a diameter of 11 mm or less. This would make this product compatible with majority of the smartphones and tablets manufactured by Samsung, Nokia, Apple, Blackberry, Huawei, Nexus, Microsoft Surface etc. It can be used on both the rear as well as the front facing cameras. The Wide angle lens gives you a magnification of 0.65X width with super macro. The 19x macro lens with a range of 10 – 23 mm makes up close photography a delight. The Fisheye lens gives you a 180 degree wide hemispherical view. The 2X telephoto lens offers long focal length with a 100 degree angle. The CPL (Circular Polarizer Lens) reduces stray light making the image look rich. You also have a Super Fisheye lens providing a 235 degree spherical view coupled with a 19X macro lens. There is also a 0.4x Super wide angle lens included in the kit.
We managed to get our hands on the TEQSTONE 8 in 1 clip-on camera lens kit. This took our photographing experience to the next level. It showed us details that we weren’t aware of earlier. This makes me believe that photography is indeed an art and there is a lot more left to explore. If you are looking to become a professional photographer this is the kit for you. You cannot ask for more.
As you get yourself engrossed in the art of photography you will find even the minutest detail to be an important aspect affecting the quality of your picture. These lens kits are a good beginning to your journey to become an expert at that. While using every lens kit, you need to be sure that its lens are placed in line with the camera’s lens and also ensure that the flash is not blocked, if you intend to use it.