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Review: Olloclip's Lens Sets Add Versatility to iPhone 7's Camera

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Olloclip has been making lenses for the iPhone since 2011, expanding the range of tools at an iPhone photographer's fingertips. For the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, Olloclip has redesigned its product lineup, offering the same lenses in a new package that better fits the latest iPhones and provides more utility, like a stand.

I've been using Olloclip to spice up my iPhone photographs since the iPhone 5, so I was eager to try out Olloclip's latest products with the iPhone 7 Plus, which has two rear cameras instead of one.

Olloclip sent me its Core Lens Set, priced at $100, its Macro Pro Lens Set, priced at $80, and its Active Lens Set, priced at $120.


The Core Lens Set features a fisheye lens, a 120 degree wide-angle lens, and a 15x macro lens, while the Macro Pro Lens Set includes three macro magnifications at 7x, 14x, and 21x. The Active Lens Set, Olloclip's most expensive, offers a 2x telephoto lens and a 155 degree ultra-wide lens.

All of the lenses are compatible with both the rear and front-facing cameras of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, snapping right on for quick access. Each one is interchangeable, so if you own multiple lens sets, you can create your favorite combination to have on-hand at all times.


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GrumpyMom

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Thank you for this review. I have gotten interested in the kits available to expand the capability of my iPhone. I was wondering about options to expand to wide angle views. Sounds a bit more pricey and bothersome than I'm willing to invest in right now since I do not currently have a pressing need for these lenses. I might revisit them in the summer.

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I'd like to know for a future article if there are any good mics out there that can be plugged into the lightning port to give stereo audio recording capability to the iPhone 7/7 Plus. I saw one on Amazon awhile back but there recoew system is so messy anymore it's hard to tell what's good and what's not based on the posted reviews anymore.
 
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Thank you for this review. I have gotten interested in the kits available to expand the capability of my iPhone. I was wondering about options to expand to wide angle views. Sounds a bit more pricey and bothersome than I'm willing to invest in right now since I do not currently have a pressing need for these lenses. I might revisit them in the summer.

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I'd like to know for a future article if there are any good mics out there that can be plugged into the lightning port to give stereo audio recording capability to the iPhone 7/7 Plus. I saw one on Amazon awhile back but there recoew system is so messy anymore it's hard to tell what's good and what's not based on the posted reviews anymore.

I'm not sure what price point you're looking for, but Shure's MV88 works nicely: http://www.shure.com/americas/motiv/mv88
 
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miketcool

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I've tried Olloclip's lens offerings. They're fun but not useful for what I use my iPhone 7 for. I use Moment's lens system for a number of reasons and I'm excited to see what their upgrade is adding next Tuesday.
 
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Osamede

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The wide angle is cute, but why would I buy it when the iphone is already a 14mm field of view AND has panorama option built in? The case for a dedicated wide angle lens is very small...
 
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S3rv3d

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I've got the Macro set. I've always avoided buying Olloclip since the iPhone 4s because of not being compatible with future models. Buying a new iPhone each year doesn't make it worth it investing in the lenses for 10 months. Took a chance this time because of the new lens Mount system. Hopefully next time they can just redesign the mount and existing lenses will be compatible. If they redesign again for the next iPhone then I won't bother. I'll try Moment or Exolens systems.

I'll pick up the wide angle when they become available separately. Macro and wide angle is all I need with a 7 plus.

The 7x and 14x are good for what I need them for. Haven't tried the 21x yet. Image quality is good.

Think I got them for about £60 from Amazon, don't know if the full RRP of £80 would be worth it for the amount of use I'll get out of them. If the mounting system remains the same and I can use on the next few generations of iPhone then I don't mind. But they really need to release the other lenses separately like they said in November which as of the other day they weren't available.
 
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AlliFlowers

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I've had two Olloclips for two different model iPhones. They're...ok. I purchased a $24 set of clamp on lenses, and they work just as well, plus they work with any case I use.
 
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