Review: The Olloclip {Warning! Photo-Heavy Post!}


Last week I mentioned the Olloclip in my post about why ThinkGeek is awesome. So this week, I’m here with a review on said item.

items in this post were purchased by me to use and review*

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“The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone-now available for the iPhone 5.

The olloclip gives you three lenses in one-in a quick-connect solution that enhances your iPhone photography. Plus it works with all your favorite apps.

  • Attach or remove the lens in seconds
  • Fisheye, wide-angle, and macro lens
  • Microfiber carry case doubles as a lens cleaner
  • Works with all your favorite apps!”**

The olloclip is an amazing little device, so much potential in such tiny little space. All you have to do is slip it on to your iPhone over the rear facing camera lens and-voila! You now have a wide-angle lens….

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This is great for photographing large subjects, such as the tree pictured below. It lets you get as much of your subject into the shot as possible.

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Unscrew the wide-angle lens and the macro lens is revealed, allowing you to take awesomely detailed photos(approximately a 10x magnification)…

macro_lens[edit]

This is the lens that I pretty much bought the olloclip for. Since I do nail art I wanted to get up close and detailed shots of my designs, but with the iPhone’s camera it’s just not possible. I haven’t tested it out on any nail art, but it has proven useful when swatching some new polishes (to be reviewed soon, and posted on my polish collection site Β as well). I’ve also been able to use it for photographing my Warhammer 40k figures, which are roughly 1.4 inches in height. I’ll also be posting photos of a finished Dark Eldar troop I just completed. It took absolutely forever…. O.O lol. Anyways, back to the olloclip. πŸ™‚

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Turn this little baby around and you’ve got an instant fisheye lens, giving you a great 180 degree field-of-view…

fisheye_lens[edit]

I quite like using this lens, as it gives your images a pretty cool effect. It lets you get as much as possible into your shot, without having to back away from your subject too much. This would be useful for photographing rooms, I imagine.

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The lenses have proven to be made of quality materials, though I would expect nothing less from a $70 item. They come with rubber lens covers that fit snugly over the lens. It also comes with a rubber insert adapter for the iPod Touch. One of the awesome things about the olloclip is how small it is. It can easily fit into your pocket (and lens_covers[edit]that’s saying something, considering women’s pockets are much MUCH smaller than men’s pockets), and as long as you don’t put it in your back pocket and sit on it, it should be fairly safe (no guarantees here). The olloclip itself fits snugly onto my iPhone, so I know it won’t just fall off when in use. When I’m not using my olloclip, I simply put the lens covers back on and put it back in its microfiber bag. Unfortunately, you do Β have to use your iPhone naked when using the olloclip, so every time I want to use the lens I have to take off my Griffin Tech case. But I rarely use the olloclip away from home, and I hardly ever drop it at all (watch me drop it today lol), so I’m not too concerned with the safety issues. Not to mention that technically the iPhone is supposedly built to be able to withstand the occasional drop. I also noticed that I had to remove the screen protector from my phone, which stinks, since I had just put on a brand new one…and the olloclip ended up bending the screen protector…*sigh*. But it could be different depending on the thickness of the screen protector. Regardless, I have gone the past month or so without a screen protector and just my case, which is nothing special; just a rubbery bumper with a clear plastic backing. But it gives me a little bit of extra security. I can say that clumsy me dropped a pen on my naked iPhone screen and, well…..no scratches! πŸ™‚ Granted, I am always really careful with my things.

So, to sum it up, if you drop your phone a lot or you just can’t stand the thought of your iPhone/iPod Touch being without a screen protector and/or case, this product may not be for you. I have noticed though, that Olloclip has released a case specifically designed for use with the olloclip. All you have to do is snap it on, and it features a bit of plastic that rotates away from the camera area where you need to put your olloclip. I’m planning on purchasing this soon, so I don’t have to keep removing my case, I’m hoping this will encourage me to take more photos with it. πŸ™‚

Conclusion:scale[edit]

The olloclip is a truly genius piece of equipment, perfect for anyone that likes to take photos but doesn’t want to lug around a giant camera and different lenses. And, for those of us that have had their iPhones for a while and don’t currently have a quality camera to use, the olloclip is a reasonably priced way to get some of the same benefits of having a true blue camera without having to shell out nearly $270(the price of the currently best-rated point and shoot camera at Best Buy, the Samsung WB800F). So, by purchasing an olloclip rather than a new camera, you’re saving roughly $200.

As far as the issue of not being able to use the olloclip with a case or screen protector on, it’s not that huge of a deal for me to make a difference in my opinion of the product. I know I’m careful with my iPhone, so I’m not afraid of dropping and breaking it. Though, I wouldn’t put the same trust into someone else, just because that’s how I am.

The Beauty Geek Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Pros:

  • compact
  • 3-in-1
  • snug fit
  • easily fits into pockets
  • doesn’t scratch iPhone

Cons:

  • iPhone case must be removed before using
  • can’t be used with a screen protector

Thanks again for stoping by! What do you guys use to take pictures for your blog? Leave your answers in the comments section below!

till next post, Katie

*for more information, visit my Disclosure + Policies page

**from the Olloclip Website

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