Inspired by this post , I did the craziest thing this past weekend. I drove 100+ miles roundtrip to buy this thing. What is it?
The Olloclip is a set of lenses for your iPhone 4/4S camera. It slips over the corner of the phone. If you put it on one way, you get a fisheye lens. Turn it around and you get wide angle. Unscrew the wide angle and you get macro. It’s really quite brilliant. And I really wanted it.
I thought I could get it at my local Best Buy. But John suggested I check the store’s inventory on their website. Not that it would have been a big deal had I gotten to the store 5 minutes away only to find out it wasn’t in stock, but I learned that the closest BB that supposedly had one was 30 miles away. I would have driven it, but thankfully I had the foresight to call them and found out the website was wrong, they didn’t have any. He said their internal inventory showed that Charlottesville and Fredericksburg (both about 50 miles away) had a couple. Well, I really wanted it. We were having Easter dinner with friends and I thought it would be fun to play with it while we were there.
So we went and got one and the first thing I did was put on the fisheye (I would love to have a fisheye lens for my DSLR but really, how often would I actually use it?) and took some video out the front window as we drove home. I planned on inserting the video here, but I can’t get it out of my iPhone, which doesn’t really matter because it isn’t anything worth seeing anyway 🙂
They say on their website that Olloclip is compatible with all the photography apps, but come on, how could it be incompatible?
Here’s a shot using Instagram:
This next one was a booboo but it came out kind of neat and abstract. This is a macro shot and I couldn’t focus because the car was bumping around a lot. I have to say that I’m not sure the macro lens is all that useful. It doesn’t focus until it’s right up on the thing you’re photographing. Maybe that’s not a problem for most people, but I think it would be for me. I guess it depends on the subject. The subject of the photo below was the air-conditioning button on the dash and the focus range was so narrow and close to the button, it’s no wonder that any little bump in the road caused so much blur.
Here’s a fisheye that actually looks like it:
Here’s one using Hipstamatic. The colors are horrible but I attribute that to the Hipstamatic preset, not the Olloclip. The roundness of the fisheye effect is not very apparent in this one.
It was fun while it lasted and I never took it out of my purse on Easter, go figure. I ended up returning it to my local BB (no, I wasn’t going to compound the craziness by taking it back to the Charlottesville store) because: the Olloclip only fits on iPhones without a case or bumper. And I can’t get my case off. It’s a cheap case but I like it and I don’t want to break it trying to get it off. I decided that the $11 case was of more value to me than the $70 Olloclip. It only cost me $20 in gas (yeah, only) and a couple of hours for that trip. Maybe someday I’ll buy another one. But since I don’t take that many iPhone pictures, it’s just a novelty. If it was my primary camera, I might have to rethink that case.