Olloclip Filmer’s Kit – Improve your iPhone Photography and Videos [9to5Mac]

The Olloclip Filmer's Kit can help improve your iPhone photos and videos. It comes with five lens, a passive stabilizer, and a case. (Amazon: ) Learn more in our full post:

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22 Comments on Olloclip Filmer’s Kit – Improve your iPhone Photography and Videos [9to5Mac]

  1. I’ve been fairly disappointed with the Olloclip. First you can’t mount it on the iPhone if it’s in a case, which mine is all the time. Strange that you didn’t point that out, because to me it’s quite a serious limitation. Also, I’m quite concerned that because of it being mounted directly on the phone by force-sliding it into place that it would eventually scratch the already easily scratchable iPhone surface. And if you have a screen protector it will strip it by its edge. Second, the tele lens does not work properly on the iPhone tele lens. Most part of one side of the picture is not in focus, which suggests some misalignment, though apparently the lens is correctly aligned. I haven’t tested in on the wide angle lens of the iPhone, because obviously, there is no point for doing that. Finaly, the clip itself is obstructing some part of the screen making some controles on the top edge not reachable, or with difficulties. Finish is also quite plasticky, but ok, it’s only 200$.

    • One note regarding your telephoto on telephoto experience. What app are you using? I’m not having any focusing issues at all. What I do have, however, is something that all users will experience with such a setup — really long minimal focusing distance, chromatic aberration, and — because of lack of light — high ISO values. It’s definitely not something I’d recommend doing (I believe I did note this). I’d stick to wide angle + telephoto if you need to get close, and also because you then get the benefit of OIS.

    • This video isn’t sponsored. It would clearly say [SPONSORED] in the title if so, and I’m always up front about that. Please don’t throw around baseless accusations like that. 🙂

      The reason why you don’t see extremely negative reviews about products here is because we filter those out. I can’t tell you how many products I’ve passed on, or have worked on for hours and then have scrapped due to it being a bad product. We’re not going to waste your time complaining about bad products. We will however, mention potential downsides of products we deem good.

    • I’m using Halide which I believed you reviewed once. And this is necessary because the stock app wont let you access the iPhone tele lens on demand. It only uses when it decides to do so. The iPhone was on a Tripod and the shot had enough light to have 1/281s at ISO 20. Plus some part of the image is in focus and some is not. With Halide the top row of controles are not reachable because of the clip covering that part of the screen.

    • “all of these add-on style lenses are limited by their very nature”. I disagree with that. Some are very well made and used by professionnals. You once tested some with the Beastgrip, and they were seriously good, as you noted. I also read many good things about Moment lenses and Leitz Exolenses. It’s more expensive for sure, but it means that add-on lenses are not so limited in nature as you say and very usable even by pros. I ordered a Moment tele lens and the case. I’ll keep you posted for the results. It’s a 100$ for the lens alone. So, not cheap, granted, but not that much if it’s really good.

  2. I mainly vlog on my iPhone 8 now, but fitting everything in frame and video stability are an issue. Thanks for this! Seems like just what I need.

  3. Looks great and I’d love it, the problem is, with a little bit more money I could go buy an actual camera or a new lens. The reason people record on their phones is because of its convenience and price point. It’s really tempting but I’d be hard for me to shell out $200 for an accessory

  4. I’ve never seen a great benefit to what Olloclip provides. Klunky is not a great foundation for videography. There are much better solutions out there for less money that work much better.

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