Monday, December 29, 2014

Olloclip Macro 3-in-1

The Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 lens kit is something that Santa gave me this year.  I haven't had a lot of time to explore its capabilities, but it looks like something that I can have fun with.

Here's something that I shot with it last night:

My best guess is that this is a male Nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira), lurking on my basement wall.

The Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 comes with a clip that mounts on a bare iPhone 5s.  The clip is reversible,  sporting a 7x lens and a doubler on one side, and a 21x lens on the other side.  They give you a little cone that fits over the 21x lens so that you can quickly focus by laying the cone against your target.

The kit also comes with an extra cone, a couple of lens caps, and a little black sack in which to carry everything.

As I mentioned, the Olloclip only fits on a bare iPhone, so you need to remove your phone from any case that you're using.  For me, this was a Pelican Pro Gear Protector case, which fortunately is easily removable.  Right now, I'm going without the case, but I think that I'll be using the case again soon and will just carry the clip with me for when I'll need it.

Another feature of the Olloclip is that it covers the flash.  This isn't too big a problem, because the camera works pretty well with natural light.

Something else that I have only begun to explore is the Olloclip iPhone app, which
provides features such as a Mesh Editor, Macro Mode, Slo-Mo video, and many others. Our Photo Stabilizer Mode and Macro viewfinder will help you refine your focus to get the best shot with less effort.
I hope to be making more use of the Olloclip 3-in-1 in the coming year.