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    Do Those Clip on Lens for iPhones Work?

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    I only carry an iPhone for travel photos in an effort to travel light. I'd like to get better photos and was wondering if those small wide angle and telephoto clip on lens are worth it?

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    Good question. Following!
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    Depends how you define "work".

    Do they give you a wider angle, or a bit of zoom? Yes.

    Are they high quality optics? Usually not.

    I wouldn't bother. The beauty of a cell phone camera is it's always there, easy to use, and fits in a pocket. Adding adapters begins to ruin that.

    For wide angle, use the panorama feature.
    For zoom, take the shot you want and crop/zoom in your photo app. Newer phones take photos with enough resolution/detail to allow a fair bit of crop/zoom and still be usable for sharing online.

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    We bought a zoom/wide angle for my wife's phone that has Zeiss optics, and it is awesome. You are going to pay more for a good one but it is worth it. Works great, no distortion or color loss.

    The drawback is you need to take it out of the case to attach the lens. So you are one butterfingers moment away from disaster when using it. If that doesn't bother you then go for it.

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    Thanks! I also take surfing photos and wanted to zoom in a bit because cropping makes the image fuzzy. Also wanted to use the wide angle when trying to capture a wider view of the trail I'm riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sick4surf View Post
    Thanks! I also take surfing photos and wanted to zoom in a bit because cropping makes the image fuzzy. Also wanted to use the wide angle when trying to capture a wider view of the trail I'm riding.
    A small mirrorless might be a better solution, photographically speaking, since you are carrying something besides the phone at this point. IQ would be the deciding factor, since it seems you need at least some degree of IQ. Just brainstorming...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    A small mirrorless might be a better solution, photographically speaking, since you are carrying something besides the phone at this point. IQ would be the deciding factor, since it seems you need at least some degree of IQ. Just brainstorming...
    Not a bad idea. I have a Nikon N1 that I use to zoom on anything, like school sports or concerts. I have a 10-70 and a 35-105 lens. Honestly though, my iPhone is more than enough for everyday use, even on the trail. The megapixel count is about the same as my Nikon, the only real shortcoming is the lack of ability to zoom, even with a 2X optical zoom on the phone.
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