Last month I reviewed the YOPO lens kit for the iPhone 6+/6s+. You can read about that at this link. I was terribly dissatisfied with the quality of the images the kit produced. To be frank, they were just so poor as to be unusable.
The ōlloclip 2x Telephoto with Wide Angle and Macro was recently recommended to me. While you will see issues, I personally find the image quality to be significantly better than the YOPO. Additionally, the ōlloclip comes with a polarizing filter. If you’ve shot much around bright, reflective water, you know that’s a handy filter to have. It fits all three of the lens combinations on the ōlloclip.
I’m showing a photo of the ōlloclip on a strap you can wear around your neck. It also comes with a keychain ring to add it to your keys or whatever. It’s small and not at all heavy.
All of the images below are un-retouched. I shot most of them from very close to the same locations for the 2 series. This first image, however, was not shot in the center of the room as were several others. Without thinking, I centered myself on the fireplace.
Below is the same location from which the YOPO images were shot.
To use the macro lens, you simply unscrew the wide angle lens. This is a shot of the small plastic lens cover for the wide angle lens. It’s about the size of a nickel. The depth of field does not seem as shallow with the ōlloclip macro as I recall the YOPO.
Using the 2x telephoto lens pinches the image in toward its center with some blurring on the outer reaches. As I recall, the YOPO telephoto was significantly more powerful, bringing the viewer directly in front of the bricks but was so blurry as to be unusable.
Again, on the image below, you see the fireplace pulling in toward the center. It’s a perfect rectangle.
The wide angle lens has a bit of image distortion, as wide angle lenses tend to do.
Unfortunately, the outside light was intense. On this shot I stood more in the center of the room than the fireplace itself. The lens creates a bit of a bulge effect from the center—again, very common in wide angle lenses.
I personally think the ground glass of the ōlloclip lens creates a superior overall image quality: less blur, less distortion, less darkness. I would actually use this for day-to-day, add-to-my-journal shooting.
The lens adapter is small and pops onto the phone easily. While you want to check, I found that slipping the lens in the correct position over the phone’s camera’s lens was easily accomplished without any need to fiddle and get just so-so.
However, if the rumor mill can be believed, the iPhone 7 will make these lens adaptors unnecessary. Time will tell.