This is the final segment of a three-part review where I am testing out 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 the Macro Pro lens.
If you have already ready my first two reviews skip ahead to the 4-IN-1 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.
Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10X and 15X
I saved olloclip’s 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for last because it is the most diverse of all three lenses I have reviewed. Where the previous two had only two or three different lenses, this one has four: the fisheye, wide-angle, macro 10X, and macro 15X.
The wide angle (while not as wide as the ultra-wide of the active lens) does a great job of capturing a larger image. I also noticed less image distortion with the wide angel lens than with the ultra-wide, making it more user friendly. But, if you still want an ultra-wide picture, but don’t have the Active Lens, then I suggest the fisheye lens that comes with the 4-IN-1. The fisheye lens is a fun a creative way to take pictures while capturing a larger area.
So far most of the different lenses work great of the main rear facing camera, but they have not been ideal for the front forward facing camera. The fisheye lens changes that. It is great for taking fun and unique selfies or pictures of larger groups with a selfie stick. The closer you are to the camera the more distortion there will be, but that’s part of what makes the fisheye lens so much fun.
Behind the fisheye and wide-angle lenses are the macro lenses, which, as I have noted before are my favorite. These macro lenses are different from the options offered with the Macro Pro Clip. They do not come with the InstaFocus hoods, which makes a difference, and the magnification is slightly different. I like the 10X and 15X, but feel that 7X and 15X would have provided better general options for the 4-IN-1.
What I don’t like about the lens is having to remove the fisheye or wide-angle lenses to uncover the macro lenses because it leaves tiny parts that are easy to lose, and they always end up covered in fingerprints from being handled so much. I think olloclip should include a cloth wipe to help keep the lenses clean or offer a cleaning kit to purchase with your new olloclips so you know what is safe to use.
However, the 4-IN-1 clip does include the wearable lanyard and, like the previous two, it also includes three different color pendants for easy snap on/snap off use.
For the $79.99 price tag the 4-IN-1 is the best priced lens olloclip offers for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but it is definitely subjective to what you need/want.
Personally, I would want the Telephoto + Wide-Angle + Macro 10X + CPL Lens. While I have not used (and do not have) this clip, it incorporates the best of all three that I have reviewed with the added bonus of the Circular Polarizing Lens.
In conclusion, if you have to choose one olloclip lens, choose wisely. They are all three great products, but each one is unique and for a different kind of picture taker. But if variety and value are what you seek I recommend the 4-IN-1. That is why I give this lens a 4 out of 5 rating.
Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★
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