OK, let's just get this out of the way: yes this makes your phone look a little funny.
We laughed the first time we saw it too. But then we started using it at concerts on Fridays, our Little Bro's T-Ball game on Sundays, and our office rooftop on Weekdays (brag-worthy views).
Simply put, our sheepishness turned to sheer addiction (the good kind, not the itchy-skinned paranoid kind) -- and we started taking our iPhone Telephoto Lens with us everywhere.
Why? Because this little (big) lens gives our humble cell phone shots uber-telephoto powers (12x the powers to be exact). Powers we never thought possible with our dinky built-in lens.
Here's how it works: each lens comes with a sleek, matte black iPhone case that you twist the lens onto. To compose your shot just twist the grip on the lens' manual focus ring to make it sharp. Then snap!
When you aren't using the lens you can just leave your nifty new case on and slip the lens in your pocket (try that with a 500mm Sigma). It's a lens and case in one, always at the ready.
If you're looking for a more composed shot, you can use the collapsible table tripod (included) to steady and focus your photos. It'll come super handy when you're shooting in low-light.
Each telephoto lens comes with a phone case, a mini-tripod and a cleaning cloth.
So, who's laughing now? Cause we don't see your lens getting any longer bucko!
Will the lens fit on my phone?
Our 12x lens is made to fit the iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus. Choose the right version for you and use the case to attach the lens to your phone. If you don't have an iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 6/6s or iPhone 6/6s Plus then sadly it won't fit.
How does the kit work? What attaches where/whatsit/what-the-hey?
The kit comes with a hard case for your iPhone, the telephoto lens, a mini tripod, and an attachment to fit the phone on the tripod. Put the case on your iPhone, attach the lens by screwing it into the case, and get your phone on the mini tripod by placing your phone in the clamp (which you've already screwed into the tripod mount). Ta-da! Easier than mac n' cheese.
Do I have to use the tripod? Can I take hand-held pics?
You can use the lens without attaching your phone to the tripod. All you need is the case and the lens to take telephoto iPhone shots.
Does this lens zoom in and out?
This is a fixed telephoto lens, meaning it does not zoom in and out.
There's vignetting on my photos! Am I doing something wrong?
Nope! You'll get a little bit of vignetting every so often since you're really stretching the focal length of your fixed iPhone lens. Good news is the vignetting can be cropped out in any photo-editing app.