Today I got to try something new in my obsessive picture taking. One of my loverly birthday presents from the Captain was a super cool clip-on fisheye camera lens for my iPhone. A fisheye lens is a type of wide-angle lens that lets more visual information into the view. It does that by kind of warping the view into a spherical effect. The edges of the image appear wider and the center subject seems smaller or curved. It can be a cool effect and once I discovered I could get it without buying a whole camera I was excited.
We were researching options online and I had a more expensive one picked out (the Moment brand lens that I saw on some Casey Neistat vlog once) and then I stumbled on the much much cheaper version: the Xenvo iPhone Camera Lens Pro.
I had my doubts because it was only $30 (half the price of the other one) and I wasn’t even sure it would work with my iPhone. I have the 7, not the 7Plus, so we took a chance. The Captain purchased it and wrapped it and when I opened it I was happily surprised, not just “Oh look what you bought me!” surprised.
Um, yeah, I was excited about opening presents and kind of only captured this one picture so you’ll have to trust me, it’s exactly as pictured on the left — no cats come with box. The packaging was really nice and the lens itself is legit heavy, with the weight of a much more expensive lens. And it comes with a dual purpose as you can unscrew part of it and use it as a macro.
All those words above? That is the extent of my photography hardware lingo. I am all about composition and lighting and photoshop, but when it comes to camera hardware I am stumped. I remember agonizing over online reviews of digital cameras back in the day and never really knowing how to use the one I bought. The smartphone was the best thing to ever happen to me. Oh and also it lets me take one million pictures! But I am still hardware-remedial, and I think you should know that before you take camera/lens advice from me.
Today was the first day I really used the lens (except in my own house after I unwrapped it.) I wasn’t expecting awe-inspiring results, but I was really pleased with the effect of this thing. The best part is that it is super easy to use. You just clip it on your phone and line it up over the camera opening. It clipped over my case with no problems.
I really liked experimenting with it! It was fun to see the before/after pics. I found this to be much more useful when I wanted to show more of the foreground (like on the dock, with water) than at the park — all I saw there was more road. So you may need to experiment with it to see where the best angles are and stuff, but overall I think this is a great addition to my travel menagerie of electronica.
- Super inexpensive
- Great form factor, comes with a case!!
- There’s even a flash, but it has the old radio jack plug 🙁
- Easy to use
- Creates some cool drama with the right image
- It’s not the crispest quality
- You do have to get it clamped over the phone in the right spot (pretty easy though)
- One more thing to carry around
- I don’t think it works on the iPhone 7Plus
I love it! It was fun to use and gave some of my pictures today an unexpected oomph. It’s nice to have a little variety in my photos. Though I probably wouldn’t use it daily at home, I can definitely see me taking this on all my trips! Thanks, Monsieur Capitaine.