I recently got my hands on the new Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens, designed specifically for the iPhone 5 and 5s. I decided to head out to Kaena Point, the westernmost location on the island of Oahu, to test out the new gadget. The clip-on device features three levels of magnification, 7X, 14X, and 21X. For the shots below, I used either 14X of 21X lens. To use the 7X lens, you simply unscrew the 14X lens on top of it. For a device that retails at $69.95, I was rather impressed by the results. In comparison, a good macro lens for a DSLR could set you back hundreds of dollars. If you want to get your feet wet in macro photography, then the Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 is a great place to start.
I’m no stranger to Olloclip and have used some of their other products in the past, namely the original Olloclip 3-IN-1 that featured a 10x macro lens. You can take a look at some photos using that lens here. The new Macro 3-IN-1 is great because you don’t need to get as close to your subject, since it comes with a 21X lens.
Ease of use is definitely a highlight of this product. You simply snap it on to your iPhone 5 or 5S and you can begin taking your macro photos. The main drawback with this system, though, is the ability to focus. You have to be really still, especially if your subject is moving (i.e. a moving caterpillar). I would imagine that the Olloclip works best with still objects and when the iPhone that it is attached to is held still with a tripod. However, the need for a tripod sort of takes away from the portability of pocket devices like the Olloclip and iPhone. The solution? You’ll likely end up taking a bunch of photos before you snap one that is in focus and worthy of sharing with your friends on Instagram.
That said, I really enjoyed using my Olloclip Macro Lens. It’s a fun little attachment that will appeal to anyone with an interest in iPhoneography. I’ll definitely be using on future hikes to capture the tiniest parts of nature with my iPhone. You can purchase it now from Amazon for $69.95.