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Posted on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Dave!Today was pretty crazy, so it looks like it's time for a product review!

I've been so busy trying to catch up with work after my vacation that I only just this morning had time to open my new Photojojo camera-phone lenses! There are two... a wide-angle ($20) and a fisheye ($25) which you can get as a set for $40. They attach to your phone in front of your existing camera lens, and stay in place magnetically thanks to a little adhesive ring that sticks on your phone...

Photojojo Lens Ring

Here are some snapshots I took. The first image in the sequence is with no lens. The second is with the wide angle lens. The third is with the fisheye lens...

Photojojo Lenses Images

Photojojo Lenses Images

The wide angle lens is pretty nice. It adds just enough extra width to make scenery shots a little easier. It also doubles as a macro lens, which is equally impressive...

Macro Shot with Photojojo Lens

The fisheye lens is kind of goofy. It probably works better on the older iPhones with a smaller lens hole, but on iPhone 4 you get some serious vignetting in the corners because it has a bigger lens. This is disappointing, since Photojojo doesn't warn you... but, it's still a way to fit an impossible amount of stuff into your shot...

Fisheye Shot with Photojojo Lens

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase, with three things in mind...

  • The little ring that sticks to your phone will completely cover the flash that comes with the iPhone 4. What I did was use a pair of wire cutters and cut out a notch in the ring so the flash can shine through. It works fine.
  • At least it would work fine if it didn't keep falling off. The magnets on the lenses are very strong... so strong that they easily rip the ring right off the camera. I'm not sure what the solution is here, but it's very frustrating. It would be cool if Apple would build in a ring for lens attachments but, since that didn't happen, I guess I'll have to look for a stronger adhesive and hope it doesn't ruin the finish on my iPhone.
  • The vignetted black corners on the fisheye lens really bother me. If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably skip it and just get the wide-angle version.

On the plus side, the lenses come with keyring loops so you can always have them handy and lens caps to keep them in good shape. This is pretty sweet, though my keys are getting almost too big to manage now...

Photojojo Lenses Keychain

If you're wanting some lenses for your phone, head over to the Photojojo Shop!

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  1. Poppy says:

    Very cool how portable the lenses are. Love the photo of the morning glory-looking flowers whose name I no longer recall.

    My keychain minifig is a stormtrooper.

  2. Lisa says:

    Those are really cool! I love the fisheye effect, but can’t decide if the vignetting bugs me or not. The wide angle is definitely worth $20 though. Thanks for the review!

  3. me thinks this might also work with sprint evo. i am frustrated with its macro abilities and this might do the trick! thanks, dave.

  4. Sybil Law says:

    Your keyring looks a lot like mine! I need to edit out some junk, actually…

  5. I’m with you on the black corners around the fisheye photos. A bit too much. Otherwise, cool!

  6. You can call me, 'Sir' says:

    Wow. A Lego version of Greedo. I had no idea such a thing existed, much less for use on a key chain.

  7. just wanted to again say thanks again for this review. these are items i never would have known about if it weren’t for you. yesterday i ordered the wide / macro lens and received word that it shipped today. happy girl wiggle!

    • Dave2 says:

      I hope you like it… now that I’ve been playing with it, I’m wondering how I ever lived without it! Seriously, so many times I’ve struggled to “fit” everything into my shot and it’s SO much easier now! 🙂

  8. Pretty cool!
    I love to take photo with my iPhone. 🙂

  9. whitenoise says:

    Yeah, what HelloHaha said… 🙂

  10. This looks awesome and I’ve never met a photography iPhone app I didn’t try so I’m totally sold.

  11. martymankins says:

    While these will work for my iPhone 3GS, I’m curious if they will work for my Palm Pre? It already has a metal ring around the camera.

    And since Becky is raving about these here and on Twitter, that’s two peoples opinions I respect.

  12. Geekytaitai says:

    Awesome photos, Dave. I think I might “need” one of these.

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