Olloclip 3-in-1 Macro Lens for iPhone 5 Review

Our Review by Jeff Scott on December 11th, 2013
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A great creative lens set from Olloclip. Will be great for creative photographers and others looking to get a lot closer to their subjects.

Made by: Olloclip
Price: $69.99 for 3-in-1 Macro lens set

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Bottom Line: A great creative lens set from the makers of the Olloclip 4-in-1 lenses. Will be great for creative photographers and others looking to get a lot closer to their subjects.


I'm a huge Olloclip fan. I have been so since their first model for the iPhone 4. As an amateur photographer for many years, I've gone from film to digital very early on, to a killer DSLR, and now to almost exclusively the iPhone 5. In that time I've lost a little bit of the options for creativity on the hardware side, but slowly they are coming back. This latest 3-in-1 Macro lens set really plays to my interests. I love taking creative macro photos, and this lens set will be a great addition to my camera bag.

Like the other Olloclip lens sets, this one has three different lenses; all of them macro on this edition. A 7x, 14x, and 21x lens allow varying levels of magnification on the subject. The Olloclip macro set also includes light diffraction hoods for the lenses. This allows the camera to be placed right on the subject but still allow light in. Here's an example what what that hood looks like.

Overall, the Olloclip 3-in-1 Macro Lens is fantastic. While it suffers from that same diffusion of light at the edges as many macro lenses, this is also a desirable effect at times. Take a look at the example image below to see how the focus softens when moving away from the center.


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