If you follow my Instagram you would know that I take a lot of photos with Olloclip lenses. I’ve tried and reviewed many mobile lenses in this blog but somehow when it comes to my day to day shooting I always go back to my tried and trusted 4-in-1 Olloclip Lens (iPhone 5 version).
When I got my iPhone 6 Plus last year I realised that I wouldn’t be able to use my lens anymore because of the huge form factor difference between iPhone 5 and 6. It’s just not possible to fit my old lens to the slimmer and curvier iPhone 6.
So, you can imagine my delight when I heard that Olloclip had finally released its new lenses made for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus!
Here is my hands-on review after having using it for a couple of weeks.
Dual-Wield Lens Attachement
The Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus employs the same design principal as its iPhone 5/5s predecessor. It consists of 4 lenses situated opposite each other on a clip which you can slip in on top of the standard iPhone lens.
The attachment lens will snugly covered the iPhone lens and augment it according to which lens is attached. Each side of the clip houses 2 types of lens, one screwed over the other.
The first set is the Wide Angle on top of the 10x Macro lens, while the second one is the Fish-eye on top of the 15x Macro lens.
Just like the previous lens attachment, to use the macro lenses you need to unscrew the Wide-angle or the Fish-eye lens.
Funky Selfie shots! No stick required!
What’s the most common problem we have when we take a Selfie? Even when we extend our arm as long as possible there is only so much space in front of the phone that the standard lens can fit into a photo.
The view is so limited that people had come up with Selfie Stick! The retractable stick works as an extension of your arm to hold the mobile phone further so it can take a wider photo.
You don’t need a Selfie Stick if you use the 4-in-1 Olloclip Lens with the new dual-wield lens design!
The difference between the new Olloclip for iPhone 6/6 Plus and its older brother is that the new clip cover not only the read-facing lens but also the front-facing lens!
That means that you can use the Wide-angle or the Fish-eye lens to take a Selfie!
You can finally shoot that group selfie without using one of those cumbersome stick! Very cool!
The only thing to be aware of is that wide-angle lenses tend to distort the picture taken with it, and the Fish-eye would distort even more.
But on the other hand it will create a unique and rather funky selfie effect that nobody else would have!
There is one drawback however, which alas only effects iPhone 6 Plus owner (that is me). Since the lens clip can not be extended it means that the distance between the rear and the front facing lens is fixed, and this distance is measured for the smaller iPhone 6! So for iPhone 6 the lenses are perfectly aligned front and back, while for iPhone 6 plus the distance is too short. Therefore you can not use both the front and rear lenses at the same time! You need to move the clip slightly and align it to which ever lens you want to use at that moment.
If you have an iPhone 6 you won’t have this issue as you can just switch between the two without re-aligning the clip, but for iPhone 6 Plus users unfortunately we have to endure this slight irritation.
4-in-1 Lens Galore
The quality of the images taken with this Olloclip lens is the same as the previous 4-in-1. I’m not surprised with this because they seem to use the same type and made of lenses.
You can see some examples from these 4 lenses I managed to shoot below:
The original Olloclip 4-in-1 lens come with a carrying pouch. The new one comes with a pouch too, but also carrying pendants and a lanyard!
Basically you clip the lens into one of these pendants, attach the provided lanyard to the pendant and then you wear the lanyard on your neck.
This way you will always have your favourite lens close with you, ready to use in a moment notice (it’s easy to clip off and on the pendant). Olloclip gives you not just one or two but 3 different colour pendants.
For long-time Olloclip users, like me, it’s really great to be able to continue using what I used to use when I upgraded my iPhone. Even better that the new design has given me ability to take cool selfie pictures.
I must admit though, this new clip design is not as quick to attach compare to its older brother. With this new design I have to do some fiddling with the position so the lens goes exactly on top of the standard iPhone lens.
Moreover, since the clip is too short to cover the both front and rear facing lens, I have to move the clip if I want to switch between the two lenses. This usually takes a bit of time.
But apart from this, everything is as good as before. The addition of the lanyard carrying pendant gives a nice touch and adding that portability to the lens, you don’t need to fumble inside your pocket the start using it, just un-clip it from the pendant and you are sorted. I suppose this could offset the time it takes to adjust the lens into its right place.
You can get the Olloclip 4-in-1 for iPhone 6/6 Plus directly from Olloclip website. It costs $79.99/£69.99 and you can choose from a list of these colour combinations: Silver/Black, Gold/White (the one I’m reviewing here), Red/Black, Space Grey/Black and Silver White.