This is part two of a three-part review where I'm testing and reviewing three different olloclip lenses so you will know which is right for you. To recap, I have already covered the olloclip Active Lens and can read the first review here.
If you have already read the first review, feel free to skip ahead to the Macro Pro lens review below. However, if this is the first of the reviews you've read, I want to lay out the pros and cons of the general setup and use that is identical for all three olloclip lenses.
When unboxing the olloclip, I assumed it was as easy as taking out the clip and popping it on my phone. Perhaps it is, if the right insert is already inserted into the clip for your phone. However, I already had the olloclip Studio phone case on my phone (it’s sold separately for $89.99) and didn’t realize that I did not need an insert until I started playing around with the different inserts. If you are simply using an olloclip lens directly on your phone, just follow the directions in the product video and you should not have any issues fitting the clip to your phone.
The only negative I observed while using the different olloclips was the complete and utter destruction of my beloved screen protector. When they say (in teeny tiny writing) that olloclips are not compatible with screen protectors, they are not kidding. This is a big drawback for me because my earrings scratch the surface of my phone, and anyone who loves their phone as much as me will not be okay with that.
I ended up taking a pair of scissors and cut off the top of my screen protector to allow room for the clip while still protecting my screen. However, this left a gap between the top of my screen protector and the edge of the iPhone screen, making my display look cracked (I am a bit too OCD for this to not bother me). So my suggestion to olloclip is to make their own screen protectors for olloclip users. Sign me up, because I would buy that in a flash ... which is also not compatible with the olloclip.
Macro Pro Lens
7X, 14X, and 21X
The Macro Pro lens is different than the previous Active lens. Whereas the Active lens had one lens on each side. the Macro Pro lens has one on each side in addition to a removable lens that reveals a third option behind the 14X. This is the most impractical lens I will review for the everyday photographer, but it is by far my favorite! It takes stunning professional quality pictures that can make even the worst photographer look talented.
The picture below is an example of what the same flower looks like through all three lenses. The first two, 7X and 14X are sharper when compared to the more powerful 21X. I found this to be true for most images taken with all three. The 7X zoom gives you a crisp image of the flower as well as detail in the leaves around it. The 14X zoom gives you beautiful details of the flower but loses focus further into the picture, providing a nice bokeh effect.
Finally, the 21X seems fuzzy and out of focus. This is due to the fact that this flower is too large a subject for this zoom; think of the lens as acting like a microscope. It is for showing the grains of dirt and pollen, not the entire flower. If you keep this concept in mind when using the different macro lenses you will get better results, but there is still a learning curve.
The Macro Pro Lens comes with two InstaFocus hoods that help to collect and diffuse light, helping the image to focus. It also comes with three different wearable pendants in different colors. However, this model of olloclip does not come with the lanyard (which is a shame) but can be clipped to any small carabiner or key ring. Don’t forget that all olloclip lenses can be used on both the forward and rear-facing cameras!
Although this is not a practical lens for everyday use, it’s my favorite to take outside and release my inner flower power. The macro lenses can reveal the beauty in everything from the different fibers in carpet to the vivid colors hiding in the weeds. That is why I am giving Olloclip’s Macro Pro Lens a 5 out of 5 rating! For $69.99 it is the closest you can get to a microscope without actually using one!
Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★
Tomorrow: part 3
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