ExoLens is shipping ExoLens with Optics by ZEISS. Together they’ve developed the first aspherical lenses for mobile photographers “that will forever raise the standard of mobile photography and videography,” according to John Fellowes, CEO of Fellowes Brands, which owns ExoLens. It's a series of three lenses (wide angle, telephoto, and macro).
The wide-angle and telephoto lenses bring the same aspherical lens technology that has been previously reserved for high-end DSLR cameras, straight to your iPhone as a compact mobile accessory lens. All of the lenses also incorporate the T* antireflective coating from ZEISS, which minimizes reflections at the glass-to-air surfaces and improves the transmission of light.
The ExoLens bracket, which connects the ZEISS lens to your phone, is made from precision-machined aluminum and includes soft interior liners to ensure a perfect fit and protection from scratches, according to Fellowes. The bracket also features an integrated standard tripod mount (1/4”-20) and cold shoe mount, allowing for compatibility with additional accessories such as microphones and exterior video lights.
Leading the collection is the new ExoLens with Optics by ZEISS Mutar 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle lens. The lens is virtually distortion free thanks to its aspherical design, has exceptional edge-to-edge contrast and a picture quality unmatched by any other iPhone lens in the world, according to Fellowes. The wide-angle lens (18-mm equivalent) is ideal for landscape, architecture as well as creative shots with unusual perspectives. It’s also ideal for videographers now filming professional-quality 4K videos on their iPhone, who want a wider shot than their narrow smartphone camera currently offers.
This enables photography of objects from infinity to the close-up range, the limits of which are defined only by the technical properties of the mobile phone camera. Protection against dust and water spray makes the wide-angle and telephoto lenses suitable for the challenges of outdoor use.
The macro lens is purportedly the first and only mobile lens to offer a continuous focus adjustment function giving a 40-80-mm equivalent to allow users to fill the frame with subjects with diameters between 1.2 to 4.7 inches. An optionally attachable and semi-transparent diffuser serves as a spacer, allowing light to shine evenly on the object and enables convenient focusing.