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    Do the iPhone camera lenses actually work?

    Hello!

    I was able to use my works camera for a few days and ended up taking more photos of my watch instead of stuff for work (oops). Now that I might be a little addicted to how well these photos turn out, I'm looking at some of the additional lenses for my iPhone. Now obviously I know the photos won't look as good as the Nikon DSLR, but will they still turn out better than just my normal iPhone? Thanks everyone

    Was looking at something like this: https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Teleph...+iphone+8+plus
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    Those things use cheap glass so you lose some sharpness, contrast, colour, etc. What they do, is offer you different perspectives compared to the fixed focal length of your phone. I have a cheap pair that I used a couple of times for macro shots of my watches and was happy enough to post to instagram, here on WUS, etc.

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    Re: Do the iPhone camera lenses actually work?

    As above. They’re okay for doing macro work but not so much for broader landscape work. As above though they have use cheap glass so you’ll lose quality which will be more pronounced when the lighting isn’t right.

    That being said for $26 definitely worth buying to try, it could give you exactly what you’re after

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    They are junk, plain and simple. Did you see the photos? iPhone photos are already a huge compromise compared to a mirrorless / DSLR. This is just the icing on the pile of crap. A good lens is North of $1,000, often $2,000 and more. For $26 all you get is a piece of plastic garbage made in China.

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    Re: Do the iPhone camera lenses actually work?

    I say it depends: with excellent light, the results are really good, close to the APS-C capability even if you print in A3 size. I'm quite the camera guy with a collection of Fujifilm lenses, but with good light the best camera is the one you always have with you: your phone's.

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    Re: Do the iPhone camera lenses actually work?

    You can get decent macro shots using the clip on lens on iPhone







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    Re: Do the iPhone camera lenses actually work?

    Quote Originally Posted by warsh View Post
    You can get decent macro shots using the clip on lens on iPhone







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    Just because they zoom in, they are not decent, at all. Blurry / out of focus, terrible and blocky bokeh, many details missing, motion blurriness, you name it. I wouldn't print or post any of those other than on your average WRUW thread maybe.

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    Re: Do the iPhone camera lenses actually work?

    Quote Originally Posted by HmJ_FR View Post
    I say it depends: with excellent light, the results are really good, close to the APS-C capability even if you print in A3 size. I'm quite the camera guy with a collection of Fujifilm lenses, but with good light the best camera is the one you always have with you: your phone's.

    ROFL All around.

    You have no clue of proper photography if you seriously think that these $30 plastic crap adapters produce APS-C quality images.

    PS: the best camera (and lens) is the best you can afford. Walking around with a freakin phone does make you everything BUT a camera guy!

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    Re: Do the iPhone camera lenses actually work?

    Try this with your phone; let alone this crap shot adapter made in China...











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    Re: Do the iPhone camera lenses actually work?

    Quote Originally Posted by McCarthy View Post
    Just because they zoom in, they are not decent, at all. Blurry / out of focus, terrible and blocky bokeh, many details missing, motion blurriness, you name it. I wouldn't print or post any of those other than on your average WRUW thread maybe.
    Please don’t feel the need to be polite. Tell us how you really feel......


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