YOPO iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5 Camera Lens Kit

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 4.38.47 PMThis a very nice fun small iPhone lens kit. iPhone camera is getting better with every new edition, but it is still limited in terms of its ability to take varied kinds of photographs. There are some really nice and fancy ad-on camera kits out there, but they tend to be very expensive. This kit allows you to experiment with additional camera lenses without having to invest a lot of money. However, you do get what you pay for: this is not the most sophisticated kit out there, and the lenses have a lot of aberration. Furthermore, unlike some other lens kits, this one only works with the latest three edition of the iPhone. If you upgrade or change your phone at some point you may not be able to use the lenses from this kit any more.

The tripod is not the most versatile tripod that you will come around. However, as a smartphone mount it works perfectly. The tripod works the best when its legs are not extended at all, since it doesn’t have to be adjusted.The tripod is built out of anodized aluminum and feels pretty sturdy. In terms of build materials it’s certainly an improvement over the plastic tripods that I otherwise use. However, in terms of flexibility and convenience I’d recommend a gorilla pod.

The included iPhone cases are very thin, flimsy, and not very attractive. Unfortunately the case is the only way that you can attach the lenses securely to the iPhone, so you pretty much have to use it. I wish the case were more of the kind that you can quickly slip the iPhone in and out from.

The mount is easy to use. Besides iPhone 5S, I was able to use this mount with an iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3, and both of them fit in easily and securely, even with the added bulky cases. The mount attached to a couple of my tripods and was fastened there very firmly. The only issue that I have with this mount is that there is no big rubberized surface on its top, so my phones are directly clamped with the metal holders. This is probably not the nicest way to clamp an expensive phone, but fortunately so far I did not have any major issues with it.

The lenses, as I already mentioned, are OK. They bring out some interesting effects, but have a lot of aberration. My favorite one is the long zoom lens, as it allows me to take pretty good pictures of distant objects. Even this one, however, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of its optics. If you intend to use these lenses primarily for fun, then you’ll probably do alright. However, for more serious use you might need a more sophisticated (and more expensive) set of lenses.

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Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on Amazon.com, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tunguzreview Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tunguzreviews Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104312842297641697463/posts

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