Developer: Jeff Menter
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Lens•Lab has a slightly steep learning curve if you’re a photography newbie. It’s a curve you’d do very well to master though. For more experienced photographers, Lens•Lab will appear immediately useful and for good reason too. It’s an app that enables you to simulate how the settings of your camera and its lenses can affect your photos. Depth of field and field of view makes a huge difference so it takes that into account along with aperture, focal length and focal distance.

All these terms might sound a little overwhelming if you’re still new to using a DSLR such as I am, but it’s a huge help in improving your photos. Lens•Lab does do a great job of teaching you all of this. Besides the very simple interface enabling you to configure all manners of scenarios, there’s also an extensive guide. This guide not only explains the importance of Depth of Field but also clearly lays out what aperture, focal length and focal distance affect.

Lens•Lab is clearly a niche app but it’s one that’s potentially useful to all photographers. All relevant settings are there with a range of different information overlays available as well as the ability to adjust the sensor size for your camera and measurements to either the Metric or Imperial system. It’s very simple to drag the bars around in order to adjust the three settings and to see how it affects the focus of the photo.

While you’re learning, it’s a great help. Even if you know what you’re doing, it’s a very useful way of double checking. As the guide helpfully points out, you could even use it to help you decide on a lens purchase, quickly being able to see clearly what to expect from your potential purchase. For the price Lens•Lab is a surefire hit in the photographer’s virtual toolbag. I know I’ll be consulting it regularly while I practice my skills this summer.

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