I recently purchased some mobile phone lenses from Amazon for my upcoming trip to Italy. I typically use my phone to take pictures when I travel, and I wanted some lenses to make the pictures as best they could be. I found a set of three from Play x Store for less than $20, which you can view here. The set came with three lens (Fisheye, Macro, and Wide Zoom), four lens caps, a carrying pouch, and a clamp.
The lens themselves are very sturdy, and don't feel cheap. The Macro lens screws onto the Fisheye lens until you want to use just the Macro lens. They screw into the clamp very smoothly, and do not get stuck or scratched. I was very surprised at how nice quality these lens were.
This set is very easy to use. After placing the clamp over your phone’s camera, just screw in the lens you wish to use. I think this will be very good for traveling, since it is quick and easy to use. I took some pictures with each lens below for you to see.
Below are two comparisons of the Fisheye lens. According to its Amazon description, the Fisheye lens offers a 180 degree field of view. Although it needs a little cleaning, it took very standard fisheye effect pictures. I can certainly see myself using this in the future, not only for travel but also for blog posts. The images on the left are without the lens, and the images on the right are with the lens. I like this lens, but I think it may be difficult to use as its very sensitive to light and it shows dirt very easily.
The next lens I looked at was the Macro lens. According to Amazon, the Macro lens shows the smallest details, and enlarges the image 10X.
This is my favorite of the three lenses. You’re limited in what you can do with it, since it’s mostly for close-ups and will appear blurry if it is too far from its subject, but it has a very high attention to detail. I was amazed at how well it picked up on the small details of my cactus (image below), especially for a clip-on lens for an iPhone. The two comparisons below show the original images (top and left) with the macro lens images. I doubt I will use this lens much in Italy, but it will be useful for other pictures.
The final lens is the Wide Zoom lens, which I think will be the most useful for travel. According to its description from Amazon, the Super Wide 0.4X expands the viewing angle 4x, and is useful for parties, travel, and entertainment. This lens is easy to focus and has low distortion.
I like this lens a lot, and I know I will definitely be using it on my trip. Looking at the two comparisons below, the Wide Zoom lens allows my camera to capture a larger image. The original images, which are the top and left pictures, are much more narrow without the lens. This lens will definitely come in handy for my more “touristy” pictures.
My one complaint is that it is difficult to lay the lens over your phone’s camera if you have a bulky case. However, I was fine with removing my case to use them, and this was a minor inconvenience for me.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these lens to anyone interested in buying [relatively] cheap lens for their phones. They’re great for quick pictures if you’re not interested in lugging around a real camera with all of its equipment. I especially like how easy it is to use these lens, and how little space they take up. I can easily carry them around with me wherever I go, and clamp them on when I want to take a picture of something.
If you’re interested in purchasing these lens, you can check them out here. The same company also offers a 4-in-1 lens set for a similar price, with the addition of a CPL circular filter lens to remove unwanted glares from non-metallic surfaces (like glass and water).