Kickstarter website. Obviously, all of the products I'm interested in are iOS-related.
The first product I got from Kickstarter was the Glif. Great product. It's probably not something you'll use everyday (unless you shoot videos everyday), but it's highly useful when you need it and at $20 it's relatively inexpensive.
The second product I decided to invest in was the olloclip. Since getting the iPhone nearly three years ago, I have become somewhat of a smartphone photography geek. Just about every photo I have posted on Flickr is from an iPhone. I started out with the 3MP iPhone 3G for two years. Then, I got the 5MP iPhone 4. Three months later, the camera app got a highly useful HDR function. Now, the olloclip is the next step in iPhoneography.
The olloclip gives your pictures a more photographic look by using actual lenses to create the effects.
I love the olloclip because it's not as bulky as an iPhone Telephoto Lens or as crazy as an iPhone SLR mount. It's a super small device that fits over a naked iPhone 4. It's 1.5 inches long and a little more than an inch wide at its widest. There's three lenses built-in: a fisheye lens, a wide angle lens and a macro lens.
Here's an example of the fisheye lens:
The fisheye lens definitely has a "wow" factor to it. You take the lens cap off the large end of the barrel to use it.
On the other side, there's the wide angle lens:
It's hard to tell, but there is a bit of bending at the sides and vignetting at the corners. The difference between a wide angle photo and a normal photo is slight but it has an interesting aesthetic.
And here's my first attempt at a macro picture:
To me, it's not that good. But at least most of the subject is in focus. To take a macro picture you have to take off the wide angle lens and get about a centimeter within your subject. This is a better representation of a macro picture:
I have to admit that it is hard to keep your hand steady for a macro picture. I'll keep trying my best.
I'm lucky. I helped to fund the olloclip before it went into production, so I got two of them for $45 each. Now, they're selling for $70 each or $130 for two. I think you really have to be into taking iPhone pictures everyday if you want to maximize your $70. I feel like I'm certainly getting my money's worth. Although it can be a little inconvenient to take off my case and to take off a lens cap, I'm still loving it.
The olloclip comes with a microfiber bag to clean the lenses.
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