Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Win an Olloclip 3-in-one iPhone camera lens!

I love my DSLR, no doubt about that but I do hate its bulk not to mention its weight. I don't exactly fancy lugging it around for the whole day waiting for a good shot.

More often than not, I rely on my trusty iPhone 4 for capturing photos of food for LondonChow.com and London scenes for SingaporeanInLondon.com. The trade-off is of course is its camera. Resolution aside, the field of view for the iPhone 4 camera lens is somewhat limited and the it is rubbish when it comes to macro photography.

Olloclip review
A lightweight adaptor to the iPhone

Enter Olloclip 3-in-One photo lens (£69.99). A nifty device that slips effortlessly onto my iPhone 4 (same device can be used for iPhone 4S, a modified one for iPhone 5 available at the same price), its barrel is made of aircraft-grade aluminium with a lightweight plastic body. As the name implies, three lenses (fish eye, macro and wide angle) are included in the attachment.

How do the lens measure up?

A picture paints a thousand words. Let's take a look at how the Olloclip lens can transform your iPhone shots. (Note: all shots posted are unaltered by any software)

Olloclip review iPhone 4
Original iPhone 4 shot


Olloclip review iPhone 4
Same spot using wide Olloclip wide angle lens


Olloclip review iPhone 4
Using Olloclip fish-eye lens

For some of us who are into macro photography, Olloclip's macro lens is a mere twist away. Hidden underneath the wide angle lens, the macro lens does some nasty work. It allows you to place your phone's camera as close as half an inch.

To illustrate the difference, I took a shot of my key with and without the macro lens at that distance. The difference is nothing short of astounding.

Olloclip review iPhone 4
Original iPhone 4 shot

Olloclip review iPhone 4
With Olloclip macro lens

You would be pleased to know that the lens come with a little black drawstring pouch that doubles up as microfibre cleaning cloth for those irritating dust bits as well.

On the flip side, like the other iPhone camera adapters on the market, Olloclip doesn't fit with your regular phone cover. That is of course not a problem for those of us who prefer the thrill of having our phones without one.

There is a solution to that. Olloclip offers a Quick-Flip Case (£49.99) that is built for its lens. Its flip over the iPhone's camera also rests on the phone's volume button and serves as a shutter trigger when the lens are in place. For low light photography, the Olloclip's cover comes with a holder with a screw for tripods. I have not tried that out yet but given how light the iPhone is compared to your regular point and shoot camera, stability should be a non-issue.

Last words

Olloclip's 3-in-1 is a necessity for the iPhone photographer. Its lightweight and small footprint coupled with its accompanying Quick-Flip Case makes it much easier for creative photography. As a physical attachment, it works perfectly with any photography app that you have in your phone. With its handy microfibre pouch, you can easily slip it into your pocket when not in use. Definitely a worthwhile investment if you are looking to make the full use of your iPhone's camera.

Win one for yourself!

Here's the deal. A lucky reader of London Expat will win an Olloclip 3-in-1 camera lens plus a Quick-Flip Case worth nearly £120!

All you have to do is to leave a comment under this review and then send an email to contest[at]singaporeaninlondon[dot]com and tell me how you are going to make use of these lens. The most creative entry will be the winning entry.

Closing date is on 28th Sunday 2013. If you are the winner, I'll get in touch to check whether you are holding onto an iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5 to make sure you are sent the correct model.

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