We recently added another Smartphone clip-on lens to our offerings. This is similar to our Universal Smartphone Microscope but the lenses are not s microscope system but conventional camera-type lenses. We thought we would put this system to the test.
First up let’s look at the system: It s a simple clip-on soft-jaw clamp similar to the Smartphone Microscope. It should with all smartphones and even most pads:
The set comes with three lenses altogether: A Fish-eye lens, a macro lens, and a wide-angle lens. Note that to be used the Wide-angle lens must be threaded onto the macro lens.
Two quick and dirty tests were devised. The first was to aim the camera without the Fish-Eye or Wide Angel lens and shoot with a defined left side. Then attach the various lenses to see how the field of view changed.
First the view without any lens attachments:
Then with the Wide-field lens. Note some vignetting happened with both lenses without any digital magnification:
The we attached the Fish-Eye lens. Distortion city! But what an effect! Hey, Look! We have stairs!
For the macro lens, we photographed a piece of Iron Pyrite (Fool’s Gold) as close as possible without the macro lens, then tried again with the lens attached.
The control shot without the macro lens was pretty straightforward. The basic camera gave up trying to focus on anything closer than 1-1/2″. Even then it wasn’t exaclty as sharp as I have seen.
We then tried the Macro lens – but there was a problem. I noticed the camera would ficus and then jump at a regular interval! It turns out the macro lens was magnifying enough that the pulse my thumb (holding the camera) was effecting it! So we switched over to a phone stand and tried to focus as close as we could to the Iron Pyrite. We got a lot closer shot:
While impressive, there are some depth-of-field issues, but they are not surprising for any macro lens at this level.
At $12.95 for this set, it is an impressive addition to use with your smartphone’s camera!
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