Product Review: 8x Zoom Lens


 

I recently ordered an 8x zoom lens for my iPhone. Digital zoom on an iPhone looks pretty terrible and of course you can’t zoom the video camera at all. This seriously limits potential video shots and needed to be remedied. I already have a 2x zoom which doesn’t do much so a greater zoom was necessary. I happened across a blog post on GeekSugar that reviewed an iPhone lens wallet that showed a telephoto lens. I followed the link and ta da: PhotoJoJo.

I placed my order very easily, something most ecommerce stores could learn from. I received my new lens on Friday. Here it is:

 

Yes, the dinosaur came with the lens.

Nice box. It reminds me of the one my iPhone came in. Very expensive feeling.

The lens comes with lots of stuff:

tripod, instructions, cleaning cloth, lens with caps for both ends, adaptor case, tripod adaptor.

To use the lens you must use the case included. This is unfortunate since this means it won’t fit on my OWLE and require me to change cases to change lenses. The funny box on the right uses spring tension to hold your iPhone and attaches to the mini tripod.

You can rotate the lens to focus for close or distance shots.

This is the building across the street from me. This is a straight shot, no HDRI, no grid, no zoom, no effects.

This is the digital zoom with the iPhone 4s. It’s easy to see that it’s dark, but not easy to see how distorted this image is. Click on it to view the image full size.

Unfortunately the raw image out of my iPhone was 2.3 MB, too large to upload to my library. So I saved this for web, at maximum. Click for full size.

There is some vignetting and a bit of a fish eye or wide angle lens distortion. This is probably fine for my application but it’s possible that the vignetting can be fixed by taking an Exacto knife to the lens adaptor case.

Here is a side by side of the two images. Click to enlarge.

Here is a very brief video test of the zoom. This is the first time I’ve been able to see textures of the Moon before. The bright light seems to be an artifact caused by the lens, we’ll see if this becomes a big deal.

2 Comments

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2 Comments on “Product Review: 8x Zoom Lens
  1. “Digital zoom on an iPhone looks pretty terrible and of course you can’t zoom the video camera at all. This seriously limits potential video shots and needed to be remedied. ”

    I would like to suggest you can give our ‘Zoom Recorder’ app a try. It works like a charm on iPhone 4S and the video quality even when zooming (digital) is great.
    Of course it cannot compete with optical zoom in quality but does well for times when you don’t have the zooming gadget.

    Thanks

    • Rohit,
      Thank you for the suggestion. Please leave the link to your app in the comments, I’m sure readers would appreciate it. I agree that digital zoom is awful on traditional digital cameras and on the iPhone. An app won’t do much since the information just isn’t there.

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