ExoLens tried with Zeiss wide angle lens: For more image on iPhone Photos




Smartphones today have usable cameras. The smartphone manufacturers themselves are not afraid to compare their innovations even with DSLRs, which in practice is of course nonsense. Of course you can do with a smartphone great photos, just as one can fabricate modest photos with a great camera. The technology is only part of the whole. To get more out of the smartphone cameras, there are a variety of accessories, such as various lenses that can be attached to the smartphone in order to achieve special effects. Olloclip should be in this direction quite known ExoLens is another provider of such auxiliary lenses, including a wide-angle lens from Zeiss.

ExoLens summarizes a series of lenses to the test I had already mentioned wide-angle lens. Now I am not what is generally termed as a photographer, but this does not change the fact that I still make thousands of pictures a year. Now and then I think my shots even succeeded for so that I share it with others, at this point but it is I do not care if the image is “good” or not. it like this, it’s good for me, that’s the main thing.


In this respect I am perhaps not the right audience for gadgets like ExoLens alone price, the offer is aimed at the more professional use. Proud 250 Euros are due for frames plus lens. I would – after the test – not even classify as “too expensive”, but one must first be found for a benefit for it.

For his investment is obtained not only the lens with protective cover and removable hood, but also a corresponding holder. This is made of aluminum and can linger on iPhone, even when no lens is used. Already the context shows, however, to be quite bulky. It is not so that you get the iPhone with ExoLens-frame easily into your pocket. With lens anyway.

For the frame, however, is stable and is responsible not only for receiving the lens. It also offers a built-in accessory shoe (for Flash, audio equipment, etc.) and can be screwed onto a conventional 1/4 “-20 tripod. Since the iPhone is only pushed into the frame, lenses and accessories can also remain on the frame, even if the iPhone is used for other purposes. iPhone simply push and immediately see the complete setup. Quite practical.


It also is no risk that damaged his iPhone with ExoLens, the frame is separated by a relatively thick layer of rubber from the iPhone. Although the iPhone is only inserted, it has not at any time feel that it could be separated from the accessory, if one does not want. That’s well done.

The ZEISS T * Mutar 0.6x aspherical wide angle lens (equivalent to 18 mm) itself is relatively large and heavy, so it is also not something you just did so here. I wonder at this point just whether there is indeed photographers lugging the accessories such ExoLens, waive at this moment but to a “real” camera. Sure, the suit made ExoLens and Anschraubobjektiv is still much more compact than a camera, but also not so compact that they always carries with him.


The performance of the lens is impressive but also for me as a layman (or perhaps because of?). Through the wide-angle lens, a much wider range of image is taken with the iPhone, but there is little noticeable distortion, as we know from Fisheye & Co.. Almost straight lines to the edge, in my opinion even less distortion than normal iPhone cam.

On sensor but also changes the lens nothing. In my case (iPhone 6 Plus) it remains at 8 megapixels, only that they are just filled with more image. Here’s an example, above the picture with wide-angle lens, below without, both from the same recording position, logically, without zoom or other changes (the originals of the pictures can be found at this point along with others, they are reduced to the post and compress).



By this excess of picture in the picture, of course many new possibilities for images, since they allow a further sensing the situation. Like really good to me, I would from the normal cam so wish (impressed me already at the LG G5 ), but I’m not ready for it to lug around the extra weight and size. What can also be “not Photographer” on the previously mentioned design but.

Pictures speak louder than words, so here are a few sample images that have been created with the objective. In the Google Drive folder you will find the same images in the original, and at this point they were reduced in size and compressed.

My conclusion is very mixed. Technically ExoLens is top with the Zeiss wide-angle lens. The processing is as one would expect at this price, in delivery and caps for the lens and a storage bag are included. The results I like also very good, I would even use the lens permanently if the word if it were not.

For my usage pattern not only the price is the KO for the lens, rather it’s weight and bulkiness. My camera is a smartphone. Always there, always ready for photos. This always ready for photos you are with ExoLens but a little way on. Either you have to carry a full-featured smartphone or you start rebuilding when you want to photograph. For scheduled trips that’s ok with me since then I ask again, if you were not better off with a regular camera.

If you want to customize the iPhone good wide-angle shots, lies with the ExoLens Zeiss combination wrong, the iPhone can not help now not even. Whether one which, however, the required 250 euro is worth, you have to decide for themselves. For laymen and “from the hip” clippers is a little exaggerated, but who want to work with it seriously, is probably hard to find a more suitable attachment for the iPhone. To have the gadget from the Apple Store .

Do we have among readers photographing on more professional track with the iPhone? How do you assess such offers? Can as an investment at this level make sense or is it as a gadget that “nice to have”, but no more than that?


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