Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens Review

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Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens review

I am not a photographer, so the concept of lugging around a gigantic plump capturing camera with two, or more, lenses is not to my taste. I am not into tweaking the capturing camera with the correct settings for each shot either. I love carrying as small as possible on me, and I just despise spending too much time working on capturing a magical moment instead of enjoying it.

When I go on a vacation, my smartphone is my travel companion and my memory-storing apparatus. And more often than not, when I return back home I find most of my photos beautiful, but boring. They lack the adventurous spirit I was feeling or the coolness of the place I was visiting. My capturing camera setup needed to level up.

But being as stubborn as I am, I wanted an easier solution. One Thursday night I was watching the TV show Elementary, where the modern day Sherlock Holmes solves crimes in New York. He uses a zooming lens attachment on his iPhone to capture fingerprints or other small details. I can smell a product placement from a mile but at this moment, it all clicked into place. I needed to acquire some lens attachments for my iPhone.

A quick Google search led me to the Olloclip's website, and two weeks later the Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens Kit for iPhone 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus was in my hands. I realize Olloclip lenses have been around for a while, and they've already made a name for themselves, but it's only now that this product category got my attention, so I was recent to the entire thing.

Olloclip offers a variety of lenses - Active with Ultra-Wide Angle + Telephoto 2x, Telephoto + CPL Lens, Telephoto + Wide-Angle + Macro 10x, Macro 3-in-1 with Macro 7x + Macro 14x + Macro 21x, and the kit I found to be most practical - the 4-in-1 Lens with Macro 10x + Fisheye + Wide-Angle + Macro 15x.

The retail box holds the lenses; the lens caps; three holders painted in black, green, and blue; and a lanyard. There is also a soft pouch to store the lenses when not using them.

I asked Olloclip for an additional CPL lens (essentially a polarizer filter). It's supposed to be mounted on either the Fisheye or the Wide-Angle lens, and that's the third thingy you will notice in the pictures below.

The Olloclip 4-in-1 retail box • The kit and the Ollocase • A closer see • The three lenses

The Olloclip kit fits easily on the iPhone. You need to utilize either some of the adapters (the small black strip on the pictures) to clip the lens onto a naked iPhone or the Olloclip case specifically designed to assist you slide the lens without any adapter.

The Olloclip case is sturdy, and indeed, it makes putting the lens a bit easier though I got used to sliding them on my case-free iPhone 6s Plus rather quickly. But I will most surely utilize the case on a vacation, as it will provide my phone with additional protection.

The lens works with both the rear capturing camera and the front selfie snapper though you have to go them a notch when switching from the rear to the front capturing camera and vice versa.

The Olloclip 4-in-1 kit mounted onto an iPhone 6s Plus with and without the Ollocase

Now, let's hold a closer see at that 4-in-1 kit. If you expected four different lenses, you'd be wrong. The clip itself hrecent the Macro 10x lens on one of the sides, and the Macro 15x lens on the other. The Wide-Angle lens mounts on the 10x while the Fisheye goes on top of the Macro 15x.

Long tale short, if you want to utilize the Fisheye or the Wide-Angle, you just snap the clip on the respective side. If you want macro mode, just unscrew the gigantic lens from the clip, and you have it. I have to admit it sounded a bit of a hassle at first, but I got used to the combo in a single day.

And before I continue with the capturing camera samples, I just want to mention a small hiccup you should know about. If you utilize the Auto Brightness option on the iPhone, mounting the Olloclip kit will cover the ambient-light sensor, and the phone will think it's blackand will lower the classy screen brightness to the minimum. It's a fine concept to turn the Auto off before mounting the lens.

So, the Fisheye lenses have been a favorite for many social networks fans, and there is a fine reason for that. The Fisheye lens has one of the widest FoV (field of view), and it can capture most of your surroundings in just one shot.

The black corners don't always see good, but that's why some prefer to crop the image at 16:9 ratio post shooting.

Snapping photos with the Fisheye lens outs lovely pictures with amazingly wide FoV. The samples haged most of the detail at the center while things acquire blurry around the corners. Sure, the pixel peepers won't be satisfied with the full-res images, but I found those to be remarkable when you downscale them at 1080p - more than enough for Facebook or Instagram - the places where most of these photos will discontinue up anyway.

Clean photo • Fisheye photo • Clean photo • Fisheye photo

And here are a few more Fisheye shots I took.

Fisheye samples

The Wide-Angle lens won't entirely replace your panorama mode, but they would undoubtedly assist capture quite a wide shot with just one tap, without risking skewed people or cars by the stitching process in a panorama shot. True, the details also acquire a bit soft around the corners, but I didn't expect ground-breaking images anyway.

There is a residual fisheye effect present, but I found this likable as it makes the photos, well, cooler.

Normal photo • Fisheye photo • Wide-Angle photo

And here is another scene.

Normal photo • Fisheye photo • Wide-Angle photo

And another one.

Normal photo • Fisheye photo • Wide-Angle photo

I've played quite a bit with the macro lenses and the results are quite promising even at maximum resolution. The bokeh effect turned out better than I expected, and while there is some fringing, the shots came out with a large amount of detail, high contrast, and lively colors.

Macro 10x capturing camera samples

Switching to the 15x macro lens allows you to capture very tiny details, and some of those shots have the potential of turning out into catchy wallpapers.

Macro 15x capturing camera samples

And this is a standard shot of the indoors setup we used for some of the 15x macro shots.

The indoors setup for macro

In case you need to boost the background, you can always turn on the HDR mode.

Macro 10x HDR off • Macro 10x HDR on

As I said, the macro shots can do for nice wallpapers, especially when downscaled. Here are a few examples.

Downscaled macro shots

Finally, if you opt for the Circular Polarizing Lens (CPL), you can put those on the Fisheye lens or the Wide-Angle module. This attachment could add additional detail in the clouds on partly overcast days and would increase the overall contrast of the picture. Or you can acquire rid of the reflections on glass buildings or water.

You can see the CPL successfully filtered out the reflections on the shots below.

Playing with the CPL

As a conclusion, I think the Olloclip 4-in-1 kit - or another lens attachment kit - can do an excellent job in spicing up your mobile photography. While it may lower the photo quality, today people rarely, if ever, see at images in maximum resolution. The macro lens can open your creative side, which you never krecent you had while the wide-angle and the fisheye lenses will assist you capture very wide scenes with a single shot.

None of those things will replace a thousand dollar capturing camera with the correct lens, but the Olloclip is alike a cheat to spare that kind of money to users like me. If you love carrying as small as possible, and yet want to expand your smartphone photography options, a lens attachment kit looks like the perfect choice.

With the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens, you can capture the whole beach, all the people swimming in the sea, the entire sky filled with laughable clouds, the tiniest grains of sand, to discover even the smallest pieces of polished glass or details on sea shells you've never seen before. All of these made possible by just taking your iPhone and the Olloclip to the beach. I am sure you can imagine the possibilities already. Don't foracquire you can shoot videos with those lenses too - slow-mo, time-lapse or even hyperlapses maybe. Yes, I would grab a lens attachment kit in a heartbeat.



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