If You Really Must Snap iPad Photos, Try the Olloclip Lens



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    Olloclip at Work

    Shooting a picture with Olloclip's fisheye lens.
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    Olloclip in the Box

    Here's the Olloclip packaging.
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    Olloclip Gear

    The lens comes with plastic lens caps and a close carrying case.
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    Olloclip on iPad Air Sideview

    Olloclip fits snugly on the ultra-slim iPad Air.
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    Olloclip on the IPad

    The olloclip covers the power button.
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    Olloclip Wide Angle

    This is Ollclip's wide angle lens on an iPad Air.
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    Olloclip

    Unscrew the larger Olloclip lens to reveal a macro lens.
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    Olloclip Macro on the iPad Air

    The lens lets you get super-close.
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    Olloclip on iPad Front

    The Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Lens covers a tiny bit of the screen.
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    Olloclip on iPad Edge

    This photo shows you how far out the Olloclip lenses stick out from the surface of the iPad Air.
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  • iPad photography is a fact of life. No matter how ridiculous we may look holding a 9.4-inch or 7.8-inch device above our heads or in front of our faces, we’re going to keep using them to take pictures and video.
    It’s with that immutable fact in mind that iPhone accessory maker Olloclip is introducing its first iPad 4-in-1 lens attachment.

    Olloclips are high-quality lens attachments that slide over the corner of your mobile device. They’re designed in such a way that the Olloclip lens lines up perfectly with your device lens and enhances it. Each Olloclip 4-in-1 comes with, as the name indicates, four lens options. There’s a wide angle on one side, a fisheye on the other (flip the Olloclip around to use it) and two macro lenses (10x and 15x), one under each primary lens. You access the macros by unscrewing each primary lens. The lenses are metal and the frame that slides onto your mobile device is plastic, so it doesn't scratch the finish.
    This is an accurate description of both the Olloclip 4-in-1 for the iPhone and the new Olloclip 4-in-1 for the iPad Air, iPad mini and Retina iPad mini.
    We tested one of the very first models off the line and found, unsurprisingly, that it works just as well as every other Olloclip lens we've ever used.
    iPad with Olloclip

    Photo with the iPad camera (left); photo with the Olloclip wide-angle (center); photo with the fisheye lens (right).
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    The iPad Olloclip is slightly larger than the iPhone edition, and fits snugly on the corner of the iPad of both sizes. It not only covers the lens, as it should, but also blocks the power/sleep button. This is pretty much what happens with the iPhone Olloclip and is a only a very minor annoyance.
    I took photos with all of the lenses and each worked perfectly to enhance the iPad’s decent — but not spectacular — 5 MP iSight camera. The wide angle brought more of the outside edges into frame. The fisheye captured Manhattan’s iconic Flatiron building in full, even though I was fairly close to it, and the macro lenses got me super-close to the detail of flowers and printed text.
    Olloclip sells a standalone set of macro lenses for the iPhone, which include highly useful cones that fit over the lens (like one of those collars you put on neutered dogs) and put your device at the exact distance away from your subject to be in focus. There are no such cones in the Olloclip for iPad, though I suspect I can use my set with this macro lens, so I had to work a bit harder to position the larger and more unwieldy iPad (as compared to an iPhone) to get a sharp shot. I was not always successful.
    iPad with Olliclip images

    The left image is a close-up photo with the iPad Air's iSight camera. The right image is using Olloclip's 10x macro lens.
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    The $69.99 package ships with a soft fabric carrying bag and two lens covers. It may be a bit more than you want to spend to improve your iPad photography, but it's in line with most of Olloclip’s other pricing.
    Another choice for enhanced iPad photography include a telephoto lens, though I suspect that looks even more ridiculous than taking an iPad photo with or without the Olloclip.
    If you must take photos with your iPad, the Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Lens is a great addition to your on-the-go camera kit. I will do my best not to stare when I see you using it.
    The lens add-on should go on sale at Olloclip's site this month and ship by the end of May.

    Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Photo Lens

    The Good

    Easy to use. Enhances an average camera. Quality construction.

    The Bad

    Encourages iPad photography.

    The Bottom Line

    If you must take pictures with your iPad, why not use an accessory that actually enhances the quality of your photos?




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