Olloclip’s 3-in-1 Macro lens attachment on an iPhone 6. Among the carnage was Olloclip, the popular add-on lens manufacturer. There was simply no way to retrofit their existing lens attachments for the thinner and curvier iPhone 6.
When Apple pulled a fast one on third-party iPhone accessory manufacturers and introduced a completely redesigned iPhone 6 and similarly styled iPhone 6 Plus last year, all those products that fit neatly on the iPhone 5 and 5S’s iconic sharp edges were rendered obsolete.
Among the carnage was Olloclip, the popular add-on lens manufacturer. There was simply no way to retrofit their existing lens attachments for the thinner and curvier iPhone 6. I was crestfallen, because I loved using Olloclip’s wide-angle fish-eye macros and 2x telephoto lens with my iPhone 5S and had to shelve them when I got my iPhone 6.
Like the 4-in-1 lens Olloclip released last year, the company’s newest lenses ($99.99 for the Telephoto Lens and $69.99 for the Macro 3-in-1 Photo Lens) look, as I expected, nothing like the old corner-mounted Olloclips. It’s clear that the iPhone 6 presented a significant design challenge for Olloclip. The solution is smart, if somewhat imperfect.
All of the new clips slide over the top of the phone and the underside of each lens features a slot to accommodate the iPhone 6’s rear camera protuberance (the lens add-ons all work with the iPhone 6 Plus, as well). These new Olloclip add-ons are, to an extent, imperfect fits for the iPhone. If you want the add-on lenses to sit snugly against the top edge of the iPhone, you have to use these easy-to-lose little slot add-ins. The good news is, once you slide these little guides inside the Olloclip, they never fall out.
There is one benefit to the new design: Olloclip lenses work for both the front and rear camera at the same time on the iPhone 6. For example, if you have the fish-eye lens on the rear camera and then switch to the FaceTime camera, you’ll find that the wide-angle lens is perfectly positioned to work there as well.
The new design is not quite as compact as the old one, but Olloclip provides a collection of colorful holders that you can attach to a chain and wear around your neck. For the record, I will never wear my Olloclip around my neck.
The 2x telephoto lens helped me get twice as close to the action at Microsoft’s recent Windows 10 event and to the Lower Manhattan skyline as I flew back from Seattle.
The iPhone 6 lens add-ons are still small enough that I could carry all three sets — the original 4-in-1, the 3-in-1 macro and the telephoto — in one side pocket of my backpack.
Olloclip puts more powerful and professional iPhone photography in the palm of your hand, as long as you don’t mind the somewhat imperfect fit. Read more…