Hands-On With Olloclip’s New Telephoto/Polarizing and Macro 3-in-1 Lenses for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Following the October launch of its redesigned “Selfie” 4-in1 Picture Lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Olloclip is today introducing 2 new lens sets to expand the range of options offered to iPhone photographers.

The new Macro 3-in-1 Lens provides 3 brand-new magnification fix 7x, 14x, and 21x, while the brand-new Telephoto + Round Polarizing Lens brings 2x magnification alongside a polarizing lens that reduces representations and lowers glow. MacRumors went hands-on with both of the new Olloclip sets over the saturdays and sunday to provide you a consider what type of graphics the brand-new devices are qualified of making.


What’s in the Box

Like the 4-in-1 Lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the two brand-new Olloclip lenses had a lens attachment that’s compatible with both the front and back iPhone cams.

The Telephoto + CPL accessory showcases a 2x telephoto lens add-on together with a polarizing lens that is removable and suitable with other Olloclip lenses many thanks to interchangeable filter mounts.


Box contents of both lens sets combined.

The Macro 3-in-1 device features a 21x macro lens on one side, and a 7x/14x lens beyond. Switching between magnifications is done by unscrewing the lens. There are also 2 lens hoods which work as positioning tips to assist you determine the optimal position for an in-focus macro shot.

Both lens sets included three interchangeable bring clips in environment-friendly, blue, and black, lens caps, lugging bags, a removable wearable rope, and 2 detachable inserts to readjust the fit to either the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus.


The lens accessories include a reversible body constructed from a thick plastic that permits them to be suited over the rear and front dealing with cams of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the lenses themselves are constructed from top notch aluminum and glass. Just like all Olloclip picture accessories, the brand-new lenses can not be used with an instance or a screen protector due to the tight fit, yet Olloclip is working with a really wonderful iPhone 6 and 6 Plus situation that we had the ability to look at at CES. It should be coming in the near future.

The lens sets work with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, with the different fit made up with plastic inserts. Each lens slides quickly over the sticking out rear-facing camera and locks into location. On the smaller iPhone 6, when the rear-facing electronic camera is in location the contrary lens suits over the front electronic camera, yet with the bigger iPhone 6 Plus, the lenses should be slanted to the left when switching between the front and back cams.

Although it’s needed to slightly change the lenses on the iPhone 6 Plus, acquiring them on the phone is very quick and takes just secs, meanings you’re not most likely to miss out on an important moment fumbling around to attempt to obtain the lenses connected.


Macro lenses on left, Telephoto/CPL on right

When not being used, the lenses are developed to break into the consisted of necklaces for very easy transportation and storage. The pendants could be clipped onto key rings, backpacks, or put on around the neck with the rope, and there are likewise storage bags consisted of.

Macro 3-in-1 Lens

Olloclip’s original 4-in-1 Lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus included 10x and 15x macro lenses, however this latest alternative supplies a greater max magnification at 21x and more flexibility with 7x and 14x alternatives. The distinction in between the 3 magnification degrees can be viewed in the picture below.


7x left, 14x center, 21x right

Similar to all of Olloclip’s lenses, the photos that are made utilizing the macro lenses are of fantastic top quality and could be incredibly crisp with a steady hand or a tripod. The macro lenses do, however, should be quite near to their subject in order to concentrate, so taking pictures of bugs and various other relocating creatures is an uphill struggle.

The macro lenses have 2 hoods that help you identify where to position the lens to concentrate, makings taking macro tries fast and easy. It’s also feasible to use the iPhone’s integrated zoom to acquire as much as 80x zoom, but we had some difficulty acquiring a clear shot when zoomed completely in because of the natural blurriness presented with electronic zoom.

You could make use of the Macro 3-in-1 lens over the front dealing with video camera in “selfie mode,” however this is of limited usage since the lens has to be in such close proximity to you that it’s challenging to concentrate. There are additionally few use instances for a selfie macro lens, yet it’s wonderful to have the option if you would like to take a close up shot of an eye or other physical body part.


Macro examples from front facing iPhone 6 Plus electronic camera

Telephoto + CPL Lens

The Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens device provides a fixed 2x magnification lens on one side that allows you get two times as near to your topic without loss of photo high quality. Baseding on Olloclip, it likewise supplies a “much more creative deepness of area” to make subjects stick out when taking pictures.

While pictures taken with the Telephoto lens are consistently sharp in the center, there is some minor distortion in the form of blurring around the edges of the image, which belongs to the reason why solitary topics could appear to pop when utilizing this lens. It’s not always a bad effect, but something to be aware just before buying.


Without lens on left, with lens on right


Without lens on left, with lens on right

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have a native focal length of regarding 29mm, and the Olloclip efficiently doubles this to about 58mm, which is a much more suitable focal length for pictures. 58mm is a really functional focal length, which is why the 50mm prime lenses from firms like Nikon and Canon are commonly some of one of the most preferred with photographers.


Portrait telephoto instance, without lens on left, with lens on right

We were impressed with the Telephoto lens, both in terms of develop and photo top quality. The lens is Olloclip’s heaviest and it produced pictures that were a lot less pixellated compared to those produced with equivalent electronic zooming techniques right within the iPhone.

Twice as close could not seem like much of an improvement, however it makes a visible difference when attempting to capture a photo of something that’s much off distant and can acquire you a lot better to your subject for crisper images. You could also use this lens on the front encountering camera, however there’s little factor considering that you could also merely hold the iPhone closer to your face if you desire a selfie that’s focused.

The other side of the Telephoto lens attachment houses a Circular Polarizing Lens, which could also be detached and incorporated with other Olloclip lenses. Polarizing filters are designed to cut down on glare, neutralize reflections, and make shades much more true to life. Glow on water may be much less noticeable with the polarizing lens, as an example, and it can also dim the sky to create a much more sensible photo. Olloclip’s polarizing lens could be readjusted for every of these effects by turning the adjustable dial.


Without polarizing lens on left, with polarizing lens on right

Who Are They For?

Olloclip’s lenses are excellent for iPhone proprietors whose phones have replaced electronic cams. They add a large range of new capacities to the iPhone’s electronic camera, providing even more convenience for those which regularly utilize their devices to catch images and video clips. Camera renovations have put the iPhone on the same level with a conventional point-and-shoot, and the Olloclip lens devices permit you mirror several of the attributes that you may acquire with a standalone camera choice.

If you have actually ever desired you can acquire a clearer, closer photo of an object in the range, the Telephoto accessory is an ideal selection, and for those who take pleasure in macro digital photography, the Macro 3-in-1 has the ability to produce lovely images. If you’re searching for a lens that will certainly permit you to capture bigger landscapes, look at the original 4-in-1 Lens device, which has a fisheye choice, a broad angle choice, and two macro options.


  • Lenses are sharp
  • Brings in flexibility to iPhone electronic camera
  • Ultra portable with brand-new clip system
  • Easy to use, quick to affix


  • Some distortion at edges of Telephoto lens
  • Pricey
  • Front-facing options not useful
  • Can’t be used with case or display guard

The best ways to Get

The Telephoto + Round Polarizing Lens could be bought from the Olloclip site for $$ 99.99. The Macro 3-in-1 Lens is also available from the Olloclip web site for $$ 69.99, and the original 4-in-1 Lens for the iPhone 6/6 Plus costs $$ 79.99.

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