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Olloclip Introduces Lens Kit with Circular Polarizing and 2x Telephoto

If you have heard of Olloclip lenses for the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5, it most likely was for their Fisheye, Wide-Angle and Macro. Their iPhone lens solution is a two sided slip over metal device. On one side is a fisheye lens, which gives a true fisheye photo over a software generated fisheye image. On the other side is a Wide-Angle lens and a Macro lens layered over each other. The lens corner ‘clip’ is a solid piece so there is one for an iPhone 4s and another for the thinner iPhone 5.

01 orig olloclip

Today, I received several emails from Olloclip announcing a new version. The new solution isn’t more lenses on the original unit, instead it’s a whole new clip that carries two lenses to further expand the options for the iPhone photographer. The new Olloclip is similar in size to the original, small enough to have in my pocket without having to carry in an external case.

The first lens is a 2 x Telephoto. Things at a distance can be magnified by 2x with a mechanical lens, rather than the built in digital. As electronic zoom gets better at image correcting, a lens solution will make less of a difference. For now though, a lens should have a sharper image.

02 telephoto olloclip

On the other side is a round Polarizer lens. While I enjoy taking reflection pictures, I have been missing the option of a polarizer. I covered in an earlier post a less expensive clip lens I use, based on their original device quality this solution should be nice. My full size cameras all have lens polarizer filters for those time I need to see through a transparent surface that could be reflecting the sky or even me!

03 polarizing olloclip

I am anxious to get my hands on one of these new Olloclip lens packs to see if it is much larger than the original. What has made the first Olloclip so usable is it can be tossed in any bag I’m carrying or even my pocket. The solid construction means I don’t worry about it getting squished like the less expensive spring clip or magnetic options.

Till I have shots to show the lenses in action, here are a few from the Olloclip site.




Adding a camera grip to your iPhone for effective one hand photography

Back in July 2011, there was a Kickstarter Project for ‘Red Pop’. Named after the red headed photographer father of one of the designers, the project successfully funded at over double the requested funds. The hardware was pretty nifty. It snapped over the connector end of an iPhone 4 body, providing a large shutter button when using the specialized photography app. Recently, I visited the site that was selling/shipping the Red Pop, Beep Industries. Interesting, the site says the company has shut down. Yet, the rest of the products the group offered, iPhone/iPad stands, is now available called Everything Beep, near same logo, but no Red Pop.

01 Red Pop iPhone

What brought Red Pop to mind was when I found another iPhone camera grip on Kickstarter. Snappgrip is less about cute fun and more about mimicking the look and feel of a camera. The project is already successfully funded but wont end till January 28th so at the time of this writing there is still time to get in at the pre-order lower pricing. Though, the project is out of the UK so funding is not in US Dollars and the system requires a credit card rather than payment through Amazon like the US Kickstarter projects.

02 Snappgrip iPhone

The Snappgrip doesn’t snap onto the raw iPhone to use the sync connector. Instead, the handle attaches to a case for either the iPhone 4 or 5 communicating via Bluetooth. It also carries a rechargeable battery charged through a micro USB connector on the bottom next to the stand by switch and tripod mount. The controls on the handle allow for half press focus, full press shutter, flash on/off and zoom. The Snappgrip seems like a nice add on device for the serious iPhone photographer. I’ll do a follow up review when I have one in hand to use around town.

03 Snappgrip iPhone

04 Snappgrip iPhone