Phone lenses work much better than the built-in digital zoom in a smartphone. They are worth buying if you want higher quality pictures.
In many areas of our lives, rigid boundaries have begun to soften, including in the field of photography: now, in order to take a great picture and gain the respect of the public, it is not necessary to spend huge money on a camera and equipment.
Even on Instagram, one of the most popular styles for the design of the feed is the trend for naturalness, movement and liveliness in the frame, and not clear and sharp photos from professional photo shoots.
Therefore, shooting on the phone has long ceased to be something shameful. In addition, a huge advantage of a smartphone is its compactness: it is relatively small, light and always close to you.
Personally, on the contrary, I like shooting on an iPhone more: capturing the moment and taking a live photo is much easier if you do it really by chance, and not purposefully assemble a truck with equipment.
But since we are talking about Instagram, we need to remember the following, the biggest pain of all bloggers and amateur photographers — the social network mercilessly devours the quality of images. And here, no matter how much they love mobile shooting, the desire to maintain sharpness makes you think.
Fortunately, everything was invented for us a long time ago — lenses for phones, they will help protect pixels from the voracious Instagram.
Let’s take a look at some of the best.
What is a phone lens?
It’s simple: it’s a tiny lens that you attach to your phone’s camera. It magnifies what your iPhone or Android sees and actually works like a normal camera lens.
It is important to note that phone lenses, like camera lenses, not only allow you to zoom in without losing quality, but also help you work in different areas of photography: for example, a wide-angle phone lens is useful in landscape photography, a macro lens is understandable for what, and the fisheye is for stylizing frames.
1. Telephoto lens Moment, 58mm
The main difference between this lens and the phone’s camera is the wide aperture (f/1.8) that allows you to get blurry backgrounds.
The optical design has been improved, including six glass elements and four lens groups, so images are clear without unwanted vignette.
An optional multi-layer lens coating combats flare and reflections. Chromatic aberration, i.e. colored blurry edges around the subject in the frame, is also kept to a minimum, giving you the best quality images.
The price is quite high — 7 thousand rubles and more. But if you’re serious about mobile photography, this is a great investment.
2. Xenvo Pro lens kit
This is a set that consists of a wide angle lens and a macro lens, a lens clip, a miniature rechargeable LED lamp and some other useful little things.
The wide-angle lens is great for landscape and street photography with minimal distortion, while the macro lens provides a 15x zoom, useful for close-up shots.
Lenses provide clarity and accurate color reproduction. The lighting from the lamp is soft and even, in three different modes.
This kit is good value for money.
3. Apexel HD 20–40X zoom lens
This lens allows you to zoom in up to 40x. It is quite large due to the extended zoom range, so it comes with a tripod.
This high magnification lens is ideal for sports, wildlife and travel photography.
The lens is not small, but there is a special bag for it. In addition, it is compatible with almost all smartphones.
4. Sony DSC-QX10 QX10 Lens
This lens has a 10x optical zoom of 25–250mm, so it can be used in a variety of photography directions. The lens shoots with a resolution of 18 megapixels, recognizes objects in low light.
The camera has built-in stabilization (!), allowing you to take clear photos even at the most extended zoom range.
The lens allows you to shoot Full HD 30p video, which surpasses many of the basic capabilities of smartphones. All this makes the lens ideal for video shooting as well as for professional photography.
5. Ztylus Designer Revolver M Series Camera Kit
The Ztylus Revolver has one of the most innovative designs when it comes to smartphone lens kits.
The lens looks like a small washer that needs to be attached to the phone.
In addition to a 2x telephoto lens, it also supports wide-angle and super macro modes. So its advantage is compactness combined with functionality.
6. Olloclip Essential Telephoto Zoom 2X Lens
The 2x optical zoom of this lens allows you to get closer to the subject while maintaining HD quality. Therefore, Olloclip Essential is suitable for portraits, street photography and other events.
This lens can also be purchased in a kit that includes a 2x telephoto lens, a macro lens, a fisheye lens, and a wide-angle lens.
The lens is attached to the phone using a clip. The clip is adjustable so you can use the lens with any case and screen protector.
In addition, the set includes a lens cap to protect the lens from damage and a Bluetooth wireless remote control that allows you to take photos at a distance of up to 9.1 m.
7. Nelomo Professional HD Camera Lens Universal Kit
This kit includes three lenses that can be attached to your smartphone camera.
0.65x wide-angle lens — for group shots, street photography or landscapes. Meanwhile, a 230-degree lens gives a sharp optical distortion.
But the highlight of this set is the 15x macro lens, which allows you to capture subjects that are only a few centimeters away from the camera.
Since the kit includes lenses of various focal lengths, it will help you capture the moment in any situation.
8. CoPedvic lens kit
This kit includes a 22x telephoto lens, a 205-degree fisheye lens, an ultra wide angle lens, and a 25x macro lens.
This combination of focal lengths is a super-useful tool for trying out different styles of photography. A telephoto lens provides a fixed focal length, while a macro lens allows you to focus close.
An additional coating is applied to the surface of the lenses, which makes the glass resistant to dirt and scratches.
9. Lens Kit by Coral Entertainments
This kit includes macro and wide-angle lenses, a remote control and a multifunctional phone tripod, as well as an Advance CPL polarizing filter that fights distortion.
The wide-angle lens provides a magnification of 0.45x, and the macro lens allows you to take photos with 15x magnification.
Manufacturers promise high image quality for both photos and videos.
Lenses are compatible with almost all phone models. The cost is low, so this is an ideal option for a limited budget.
10. Apexel 2x telephoto lens
This lens is great for portrait photography.
It only has a 2x magnification, but that’s good enough for close-up portrait photos and blurry backgrounds. Also, the lens provides 4K resolution, and this, in turn, is a high image quality.
Apexel prevents distortion, ensuring maximum accuracy when taking photos.
The lens has a minimalistic design, and can be installed on any smartphone: the size of the clip is adjustable according to the size of your phone.
The lens has multilayer lenses with a special coating — it prevents glare and reflections. You can also use filters for a clearer image.
If you’re looking to take quality photos without the expense of an expensive camera, check out some smartphone lenses.
The choice as always depends on your requirements and, of course, the budget.