Review: Hands-On With Olloclip’s Telephoto + Ultra Wide-Angle Active Lens and Ollocase

iPhone camera accessory maker Olloclip has been producing lenses for the iPhone 6 given that quickly after the phone debuted in 2014, but the company recently improved its product lineup with the addition brand-new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases and a new Active Lens, which incorporates an ultra wide-angle lens with a telephoto lens.

Olloclip’s iPhone photography devices are some of the most popular on the marketplace due to the fact that of their quality and ease of use, and the company’s two latest items are a welcome addition to the item lineup. The iPhone 6 Ollocase works completely with Olloclip lenses and the Active Lens is among Olloclip’s the majority of versatile lenses, useful for landscapes, selfies, portraits, and shots where you have to get just a bit closer to your topic.


Olloclip’s lenses don’t deal with iPhone cases since of the method the lenses fit over the top of the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, leading Olloclip to create the Ollocase, a specialized case that does accommodate its lineup of cam lenses.

Olloclip very first ventured into case making with the iPhone 5s, producing a two-piece plastic case that was bulky and overly complicated, however their new case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is much, much improved, and it’s clear that a great deal of idea went into the design.

It’s built from a thin polycarbonate shell that puttings little bulk to the iPhone, and around the sides, it has a rubber bumper. The rubber bumper protects from minor drops and extends a bit past the display, keeping it from touching a table or desk when it’s face down. As a bonus offer, the flexibility also makes it simple to place on and take off if you want to switch cases frequently.

The volume buttons and the power button are protected, and there is a large cutout at the back where the electronic camera is situated, made to accommodate the lenses. For this reason, it offers no security to the cam when a lens is not in location, which may be a disadvantage for some possible purchasers. All-time low of the phone is also left unprotected, as prevails in numerous iPhone cases, for charging and utilizing the earphone port.

Generally, the appearance of the case is quite pleasing and it does not stick out from your average iPhone case. It’s available in two colors, a clear gray and a matte black, and it has actually a pattern inscribed on the inside to include visual appeal. I have an iPhone 6 Plus, so the version in the pictures is for Apple’s bigger iPhone. The iPhone 6 cases look similar.

Those of you who own Olloclip’s lenses know that they deliver with an insert to change the fit to the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, but with the case, those inserts aren’t needed. The Olloclip dual lenses fit right over the cam cutout in the case, snapping on in a 2nd. I discovered putting on and eliminating the lenses to be faster with the case than without, since I know precisely where to place the lens device for the ideal fit.

On the iPhone 6, a lens put over the Ollocase will instantly line up with both the front-facing cam and the rear-facing cam, however with the iPhone 6 Plus, you’ll have to pull the lens somewhat forward or in reverse when changing between 2 electronic cameras to change the position. Sans case, the iPhone 6 Plus versions of the Olloclip lenses currently work by doing this, so there’s no change here for iPhone 6 Plus users.

As somebody who regularly makes use of Olloclip’s lenses, I appreciate the case. It looks good, it doesn’t include a great deal of bulk, it keeps my iPhone protected, and it minimizes the have to take off my case whenever I desire to take an image. Not having to remove my case removes a lot of the hassle of utilizing Olloclip products. There’s still one caution– it doesn’t change the method screen protectors on the iPhone work with Olloclip lenses. The Olloclip lenses fit on too snugly, triggering most screen protectors to peel up.

Active Lens

The Active Lens is Olloclip’s other new item, having just debuted just recently in addition to the case. It integrates an ultra wide-angle lens with a 2x telephoto lens, a pairing that I liked a lot in my screening. If you recognize with Olloclip’s products, you understand that there’s currently a Telephoto + Wide-Angle choice readily available, and the difference here is that ultra wide-angle lens.

The basic Wide-Angle Lens from Olloclip has a field of view that doubles the iPhone 6’s basic field of view, can be found in at about 120– 130 degrees. The ultra wide-angle lens in the Active Lens has to do with 155 degrees, putting it in between a wide-angle and a fisheye (180 degrees). It’s pretty near the field of view you can anticipate to get with a GoPro or a comparable action cam, with a nice large field of vision without the severe distortion you get with a fisheye lens.


Landscape wide-angle shot

I’m not going to talk too much about the design of the Olloclip lenses because I’ve evaluated them several times previously, but I’ll offer a fast wrap-up. These are dual lenses that can work with the front-facing cam or the rear-facing cam. Olloclip’s lens devices are all made of a thick plastic and are two sided, with each side incorporating a various lens. Lenses are high-quality, made of aluminum and glass.

On the Active Lens, there’s the abovementioned 155 degree wide-angle lens on one side and a 2x telephoto lens on the other side. It’s a strong combination that well complements the built-in camera. On one side, you’ve got a lens that’s ideal for catching group shots and landscapes, while on the other end, you’ve got a lens that benefits pictures and other close-up shots.

There’s a great deal of versatility in between the wide-angle, the telephoto, and the built-in iPhone electronic camera, and there’s no area lost on lenses that are only situationally helpful like macro or CPL.


Requirement iPhone image on left, wide-angle image on right

The ultra wide-angle lens is going to let you get a lot more in the image, whether it be a landscape or a group selfie utilizing the front-facing electronic camera. This is a lens that works with both the rear and front-facing electronic cameras– with the telephoto, there’s little reason to utilize it to take a selfie.

Considering that this is an ultra-wide angle, there is guaranteed distortion at the edges of an image that’s nearly like a refined fisheye impact. This is really noticeable when there are straight lines in an image, or indoors, however it’s less noticeable with outside action shots and landscapes. The distortion is less pronounced in images taken in portrait mode or with a square crop.


Standard iPhone image on left, wide-angle image on right

Some people are going to such as the images with the mild fisheye effect, while some will certainly not. I like the small distortion, and it feels like an acceptable tradeoff for the ability to record more in a shot. If I want a basic image of a landscape, my iPhone can do that without any lens. If I want something a little bit more visually appealing with a various flare, that’s exactly what the ultra-wide angle is for. It’s also good for panoramas and front-facing selfie shots.

The telephoto lens is a 2x optical zoom, which lets you get a bit better to whatever it is you’re photographing. 2x zoom works in a lot of circumstances due to the fact that the iPhone’s focal length is so brief. For instance, I used it at a garden to obtain a closer shot of some child ducks. It’s also beneficial for portraits, and it transcends to the iPhone’s integrated digital zooming abilities due to the fact that you’re not losing picture quality. In reality, with both the telephoto and the wide-angle lenses, the quality of the iPhone’s camera had not been broken down– shots were clear both with and without the lenses.


Standard iPhone image on left, with zoom lens on right

One caveat: with the telephoto lens, it’s harder for the iPhone to focus, especially on things that are close to the electronic camera. You might require to tap on the screen a few extra times to get a crisp photo. You’re also not going to desire to trouble making use of the telephoto with the front-facing camera. If you want a closer selfie, simply move your iPhone closer to your face.

Bottom Line

If you use Olloclip’s lenses and miss out on having a case on your iPhone, the Ollocase is a have to purchase. It’s reasonably priced at $$ 29.99, it’s fairly thin, it offers a good amount of protection, and it works seamlessly with all of the company’s lenses for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Olloclip did a great service with the Ollocase.

Not functioning with a case has always been the top unfavorable to Olloclip’s products, so it’s good to have an option. Access to a functional case may persuade some individuals who have actually held back purchasing an Olloclip lens to attempt one out, and I do advise bundling any lens purchase with a case if you’re someone who does not such as the threat of a naked iPhone.

When it comes to the Active Lens, it’s a solid combination that works really well with the built-in iPhone video camera. The telephoto and ultra wide-angle lenses are versatile and can be made use of in nearly any circumstance to aid you get the perfect shot. For those of you who such as the idea of a wide-angle and a telephoto to broaden the variety of the iPhone video camera, the Active Lens is a strong option. In a great deal of methods, it’s superior to Olloclip’s other lens providings, which have functions like macro that cannot be used as typically.


100 % crop, image taken with 2x zoom lens

For those of you who do not such as the look of the ultra wide-angle lens, check out the basic Wide-Angle + Telephoto. It’s quite similar, but the field of view is narrower so there’s not fairly as much distortion.

Ways to Purchase

The Ollocase for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is priced at $$ 29.99 and the Active Lens is priced at $$ 99.99. Both products are available for buy from the Olloclip website.

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