Cell phones are everywhere! Almost every person has a phone and is constantly using it to flood social media with countless amounts of images. And why not? It’s the one camera that is guaranteed to be on a person at all times, can capture anything and everything within a second, and be shared in an instant. There are plenty of great cameras to choose from, I’m not saying mobile phones are as exceptional as DSLR image quality; however, I have challenged myself to only photograph using my iPhone 7 for the day using Promaster’s Mobile Lens Kit. Mobile phones are common for most people to take photos on the fly and can add a little more creativity to their photos using Promaster’s Mobile Lens Kit.
WHAT’S IN THE KIT:
This Promaster Mobile Lens Kit includes two clamps to attach lenses to your phone or tablet and four lenses; a convertible wide/macro lens, 180 degree fisheye lens, 2x telephoto lens and a polarizing filter all nicely placed in a semi-hard zip-up case with a carabiner clip for travel. Each lens comes with a magnetic metal mount to easily protect each lens element and a rubber cap to cover the front. This kit also include two magnetic adhesives that are an alternative to the clamps and allow for a quicker lens change.
This kit is priced at $79.95 and can be found in Action Camera’s store for those users who are looking for some creative ways to make images using their phones.
The included clamps work best with phones that have a camera close to the edges of the phone due to the shortness of the clamp. I tested the clamp on the Galaxy phone and found the clamps to be difficult to put on due to the camera being further down the middle of the phone. However, with the two circular adhesive magnets you do not have to use the clamp and this allows for a quicker lens switch (this method will work with any phone). The kit is very portable and easy to travel with. The range of lenses are more than enough to get creative with.
**All the test shots below have been taken on the iPhone 7 and have NOT been edited.
TESTING THE LENSES OUT
A polarizing filter is used to cut reflections from reflective objects and enhance the colors and skies. The below images show the before and after. [Click on the image to read the captions].
WIDE ANGLE LENS:
The wide angle lens allow for more in your image, however the down side the the noticeable distortion shown in the images below. However, there are apps for smart phones that would minimize the distortion.
The macro lens was the most enjoyable for me to photograph with. You can see the noticeable difference in the photos with and without the lens. The iPhone has a minimum focusing distance so you can only get so close to the subject before it will not focus. The macro lens helps to get a closer focus on small objects.
I noticed this lens adds a soft focus around the subject and adds a little zoom. One downside to this is that you want to have your subject centered or the outer edges will distort your subject’s face. Below is an image of my aunt at the fair during a wine tasting.
The fisheye lens is more of a fun and creative lens. I would not use this for portraits because it will make your subject look like a Snapchat filter (unless that is what you want then it is loads of fun!). The lens creates a fish-bowl type of look and distorts and bends any subject you place in front of the camera.