For the first time, I began to come across such nozzles in online sales around the third iPhone. They cost a lot (I remember there were options for $ 100, with an average price of $ 20), the quality of the resulting picture in the photo from the sellers was of very good quality, but the situation was a little complicated by photos from end users, nothing more than horror, everything it could not be named. So, I myself “slipped through” this period without any special consequences — I have a normal camera, and a set of lenses for it in the range of 8–1000mm EGF, and since I was not fond of mobile photography from the word at all, then I need such a nozzle I didn’t see it for myself.
Looking through the lots of familiar flea marketers on taobao, I stumbled upon such a set for 3 yuan (50 cents) and decided to buy — the price tag is not such as to ruin me, but it was worth seeing purely because of the professional approach — maybe other buyers got dull photos for a reason the curvature of their hands, and not because of the poor quality of these nozzles?
In general, I bought it. I received it, tested it, and some aspects of use seemed so interesting to me that I decided to share them with you — so that you know what awaits you if you buy such kits, and what you should not hope for. The review will have a lot of photos and little text — I consider it a waste of time to describe in words what is already obvious from the photographs.
All photos and videos without any processing (except in cases where this is explicitly indicated) and, if desired, I can upload the originals from the phone (Realme X3 Pro) for download.
The package includes a box (with the inscription “good product”), a pseudo-suede case, two lenses (one larger, the other smaller, and it is collapsible) and a phone holder.
As expected — the lenses are plastic and of course there is no anti-reflective coating here (and what did you want for such a price), but the design is more or less high-quality, the clamp on the clip is good and the nozzles are held tightly in the holder, they do not fall out.
In total, 3 configurations are available to us:
- “Big” lens that promises 0.5X magnification and Fisheye
- “Small” lens assembly, which fishey does not promise, but offers a magnification of 0.67X
- “Macro” (Tail part from the “small” lens) which is intended for macro photography.
So, let’s start the tests (all photos are clickable). In all tests, the pictures are in the following order: Full image, crop from the center, crop from the edge.
For starters, shooting from the same point without a nozzle.
Here — nozzle 0.67X
And here — already 0.5X
There is an effect of increasing the field of view, and tests with a ruler (not shown in the review), as a first approximation, allow us to confirm the veracity of the declared figures — indeed, it turns out almost 0.5X and 0.67X, but at what cost? — the picture can be called more or less decent only in the center, along the edges — solid aberrations and blur. Personally, I don’t see the point in such an application — the image turns out to be of poor quality, I would be embarrassed even to post this on Instagram …
The last hope for macro, and it justified itself. Of course, this is not a separate macro module, and chromatic and other distortions have not gone away, but there is a practical applicability of such a module — you can read the inscriptions on small microcircuits and details, take pictures of small insects (large ones are also possible, but in parts, the maximum size of an object that is completely fits into a macro shot — about 3x2cm), and even shoot video (however, the presence of a stabilizer is almost a must). In order not to be verbose, I will give a few examples of photos and videos with comments.
Wasp. On the left is the frame as it is from the phone, on the right is a crop and an attempt to correct the color.
Close-up of a Vietnamese banknote.
Marble bug (“stinker”)
Ladybug (macro lens + digital zoom)
Ordinary mosquito. The left photo is with a macro lens. The rest — macro lens + digital zoom
Hole 0.5mm in PCB
Now for some video examples.
Ladybug. In addition to the macro lens, a small digital zoom is also applied.
Ants on the tree. It’s just a macro lens. And there is a mimicking spider in the frame, find it if you can 🙂
Hours on gas-discharge indicators IN-12B
Summing up, the macro here is quite decent and the price of 50 cents justifies itself by 1000%. (Of course, at the Play level, but you didn’t expect a professional result for 50 cents), and everything else, even as an effect, won’t be particularly useful. I became seriously interested in the topic of getting a wider camera angle on the phone and bought such a monster (I paid as much as 2.5 dollars for it on taobao, when on gnoexpress it costs from 20). Yes, there is a difference in the picture — the wide angle is much better, there is no vignetting and blurring in the corners is much less, but with macro, things are different — the approximation is not as effective as in the case of the reviewed nozzle, but the effect is more interesting, “vintage ” (example below). In general, let’s see — if this article “takes off”, then I will review this monstrous thing, if not, then, alas, there will be no review.