20 Lenses That Add A New Dimension To Your iPhone Camera

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20 Lenses That Add A New Dimension To Your iPhone Camera

20 Lenses That Add A New Dimension To Your iPhone Camera

Posted: 19 Dec 2013 07:01 AM PST

As the saying goes, the best camera is the one that’s with you. For most people, this probably means a smartphone of some sort — probably an iPhone. While an iPhone is great for candid and spur-of-the-moment photos, it’s not the most versatile camera out there. The fixed focal length and digital zoom means that there are photos that you just can’t get with your iPhone.

But there’s no reason why you necessarily have to live with these limitations. There are a lot of lenses available for the iPhone that can make up for the standard lack of versatility.

20 Lenses That Add A New Dimension To Your IPhone Camera

Telephoto or wide angle, fisheye or macro, this list will show you that there are a lot of options out there to pick from. What’s more, we also have 5 special lens kits that let you shoot around corners, take videos in 360 degrees, etc. Check out these 20 lenses and lens kits that can really push your iPhone camera to the limit.

Photojojo Cell Phone Lenses. Photojojo offers 5 different lenses: a combination wide angle/macro lens, a fisheye lens, a super fisheye lens, a 2x telephoto lens, and a polarizing lens. [$20 - $25 per lens; $90 for iPhone Super Kit]

Photojojo Cell Phone Lenses

Gizmon Smartclip. Gizmon’s Smartclip series has 6 different filters and lenses that simply clip onto your iPhone. The series ranges from the common macro and fisheye lenses to more unique filters such as center focus and cross screen filters. [$23 - $49.99 per lens]

Gizmon Smartclip

Holga Lens Filter And Case Kit. This fun little accessory gives you 9 different fiters and special lens effects. The filters and effects are on a rotating wheel, so you can quickly switch between them to suit your fancy. [$28.99]

Holga Lens Filter And Case Kit

iPhone Telephoto Lens. The iPhone Telephoto Lens is a 12x telephoto that lets you get up close and personal to your subjects. It comes with a special case that the lens screws onto, as well as a collapsible table tripod. [$35]

iPhone Telephoto Lens

Mobi-Lens. The Mobi-Lens comes in two variants; a fisheye and a combination wide and macro lens. They clip on to your iPhone and work with both the front and back cameras. [$39.99 per lens; $64.99 for both]


Olloclip 4-IN-1 iPhone Lens. Olloclip’s 4-IN-1 iPhone Lens is a lens package that simply slides onto your iPhone. The 4-IN-1 has a wide angle lens, a fisheye lens and two macro lenses offering 10x and 15x magnification. [$69.99]

Olloclip 4-IN-1 iPhone Lens

Olloclip 3-IN-1 iPhone Macro Lens. The Olloclip 3-IN-1 Macro Lens is similar to Olloclip’s 4-IN-1, but only carrying macro lenses. The 3 lenses offer 7x, 14x and 21x magnification. The 3-IN-1 Macro Lens also includes focusing cups to help you focus on your subjects. [$69.99]

Olloclip 3-IN-1 iPhone Macro Lens

PhoGo iPhone 5 Photography Case Kit. The PhoGo kit consists of a case, a fisheye and combination wide angle and macro lens, as well as a sunhood that also doubles as a stand. [$79.95]

PhoGo iPhone 5 Photography Case Kit

Tricloptic iPhone Camera Lens. The Tricloptic iPhone Camera Lens combines a hard plastic case and rotating spindle with three lenses: a fisheye, a wide angle and a 2x telephoto lens. You can also use the standard iPhone lens without having to remove the case. [$99.95]

Tricloptic iPhone Camera Lens

Action Life Media mCAMLITE. The mCAMLITE is a heavy-duty aluminium case for the iPhone that improves stability and includes a combination of wide angle and macro lens. You can also attach a 180-degree external microphone. [$129.95]

Action Life Media mCAMLITE

Optrix PhotoProX. The PhotoProX is an IPX8 waterproof case that supports 4 interchangeable lenses: a 10x macro lens, a 2x telephoto lens, a fisheye lens and a flat lens that protects your iPhone lens when underwater. [$149.95]

Optrix PhotoProX

Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit. It’s a bold claim, but there might be some truth to it. This ultimate kit consists of 8x and 2x telephoto lenses, a 60x microscope, a fisheye lens, a combination wide and macro lens, as well as a tripod and lens wallet. [$199]

Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit

Phocus 5 Lens Bundle. Phocus’ 5 Lens Bundle includes the Phocus Case, a sturdy iPhone case with 37mm lens thread and five lenses: a wide angle lens, a telephoto lens, 10x and 12x macro lenses and a fisheye lens. It also includes two lens caps and two carrying pouches. [$199.95]

Phocus 5 Lens Bundle

Schneider Optics iPro Lens System Trio Kit. The iPro Lens System Trio Kit features 3 lenses designed by the renowned Century Optics: a 2x telephoto lens, a super wide lens and a macro lens. The kit also comes with a special case onto which the lenses attach. [$229.99]

Schneider Optics iPro Lens System Trio Kit

IZZi Orbit. The iZZi Orbit is a case with a rotating lens attachment that holds 4 lenses: a fisheye lens, a wide angle lens, a 2x telephoto lens and a macro lens acccessible by unscrewing the wide angle lens. [$239.99]

iZZi Orbit

ProScope Micro Mobile. If macro lenses don’t go close up enough for you, maybe the ProScope Micro Mobile is what you need. The Micro Mobile offers 20x to 80x magnification, and comes with a built in LED light. [$149]

ProScope Micro Mobile

Kogeto Dot. The Kogeto Dot lets you shoot 360-degree videos and share it with the world using the accompanying Looker app. The best thing of all is that these videos are fully interactive; viewers can swipe across the entire 360 degree field of view, or watch the whole video in super-widescreen. [$49]

Kogeto Dot

HiLO Lens. The HiLO Lens is a right-angle lens that allows you to shoot around corners and from angles that are normally uncomfortable for iPhone photography. The HiLo has an accompanying camera app that corrects mirroring and enhances photo quality. [$69.95]

HiLO Lens

GoPano Micro. The GoPano Micro is a lot like the Kogeto Dot, except with a different shape that some users might find easier to use. Like the Dot, it lets you shoot and share interactive 360-degree video with the aid of the GoPano app. [$95]

GoPano Micro

Moondog Labs Anamorphic Adapter Lens. Moondog Labs’ Anamorphic Adapter Lens will "squeeze" 33% more width into your photos and videos, which you can then "de-squeeze" in post-production for that classic anamorphic look. [$125 pledge on Kickstarter]

Moondog Labs Anamorphic Adapter Lens


How To Keep Your Design Skills Fresh

Posted: 19 Dec 2013 05:01 AM PST

A designer’s skill set can very quickly become obsolete in this day and age. Designers need to know more skills than ever before, and client expectations are constantly changing. It can be somewhat more difficult to remain current if you work in-house and are required to stick to a certain style guide or use outdated tools.

However, freelance designers need to closely monitor their skills as well, to avoid getting passed up by the competition. Today, we’re going to go over some ways you can stay in the loop with all the new skills you need to know, while not driving yourself crazy by always playing "catch up".

Turning It Inside Out

One of the best ways to maintain an edge when it comes to skills needed to solve your clients’ problems is to examine them from an "inside out" perspective. Rather than seeing freelancing as simply a means to an end, it’s important to always start with your client – or rather, their target user – and place yourself in their shoes.

What are they hoping to experience? Then, it’s simply a matter of deducing which essential skills you need to help that user have the best experience possible.

This is a great tactic to use if you’re confused over which new programming languages you need to learn, or what new software you should seek training for. When the user’s expectations start to change, that’s when you change.

Outsourcing For Fun And Profit

Plenty of designers outsource tasks they themselves are less than good at. There’s nothing wrong with doing this, and I’ve recommended it many times in the past to designers who feel overwhelmed by everything they have to do.

However, when consulting with a client, it’s essential that you yourself can actually do the thing(s) your client is coming to you for. If they are in the market for a designer who can code, it will be harder to sell them if you’re hiring outside help.

Look For Assets, Not Crutches

Simply relying on another contractor for an essential part of your business is usually not a good idea in the long run. If you outsource frequently, stop to consider whether you’d be better off just learning that skill yourself.

Knowing what you are doing gives you a confidence that is palpable to clients, and they will value you a lot more because of it.

As an alternative, you could also choose to partner up with someone permanently – perhaps the contractor you primarily outsource to – and offer a joint service to a much wider pool of clients. Working with others certainly has its challenges, but there’s no doubt that the right business partnership can increase your efficiency, and your income, exponentially.

Follow Your Heart

Usually, the skills you yourself most enjoy can be integrated into your design process and the services you offer to your clients. Even if you think a skill is "weird" or not relevant, it can still often be incorporated somehow, and set you apart from others competing for similar clients.

For example, my love of food and cooking might not seem to have anything to do with design. But not only is it a point of interest that makes people intrigued about me, I’ve also found that my added experience in the culinary arts puts my niche clients (restaurant owners and chefs) at ease.

They are quite eager to work with someone who has genuine knowledge and enthusiasm about their industry.

Mine Your Hobbies

Everyone reading this has hobbies – stuff you love to do in your spare time without any expectation of getting paid. Remember, hobbies are skills too, and they can help keep you ultra-relevant and cutting edge to the right clients who will appreciate them.

As with other skills you have that you think might be unrelated to design, your hobbies can often point you in a direction that you really should be focusing on in your career. We should all be striving to be in the position where we’re only doing what we love. It usually takes some effort to get there, but incorporating your hobbies and passions can make it much easier.

Target Practice

If you’ve been meaning to pick up a new skill, taking on a freelance project that’s more multifaceted than usual can be a great way to learn or practice it. If you have a client requesting some high-level programming like Ruby on Rails, or a client who wants to branch into video, this would be the perfect opportunity to jump in and start gaining experience.

Again, try to keep as much as possible to a skill set that inspires you – believe me, there are clients who fit every designer’s unique offerings.

How has keeping your skill set up to date helped you advance your career as a designer? Are there any unusual methods you’ve used to sharpen your competitive edge? Do tell us in the comments below.


Enable "Ok Google" Hotword Outside Of The US [Quicktip]

Posted: 19 Dec 2013 02:01 AM PST

One of the best features of the new Google Experience Launcher is its support for Google Now‘s new "Ok Google" hotword. The hotword lets you open Google Now’s voice assistant feature by simply saying "Ok Google" to your Android device while on any one of the homescreens.

Ok Google Enabled

There have been complaints about how this feature is not available, by default, to users outside of the US. However, the "Ok Google" hotword isn’t actually disabled according to region and can be easily enabled in just two steps.

How To Enable "Ok Google"

Firstly, take note that the hotword only works with the Google Experience Launcher. If you’re not using a Nexus 5, check out how to get the Google Experience Launcher on your Android 4.4 device.

Secondly, the hotword only works with the US English voice input. So, if you’re outside of the US but want to use the hotword, you have to change the language of your voice input.

Searchbar With Ok Google

To do this, go into Settings > Language & input. Scroll down and tap on Voice Search. You’ll see your currently selected voice input language at the top of the list of settings. Tap it, go into English… then select English (US).

Setting Voice Search Language

Once you’ve done that, go back into the Language & input settings menu, then enter Voice Search again. You should now see an extra option that wasn’t there before, Hotword detection. Enable this and you’re good to go.

Before And After



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