Zeiss iPhone Lenses Review

Posted March 14, 2017
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This week, we tested out the Zeiss lenses for the iPhone that the German company sent us. Zeiss has made three lenses for the iPhone: wide angle, telephoto and macro. The lenses attach to the phone via the ExoLens mount which slides right ontop of your phone.

If you want to make really high end content (say for Netflix or for you own network), the images have to be perfect. After all, your viewers have spent thousands of hours (literally), watching movies and professional TV.  If you want to compete for their eyeballs (and keep them), your images are going to have to look just as good.  

You can't post mediocre material and put in a font that says ‘I know this is not great, but hey, I shot it on a phone!’. Those days are over. As we always say in the bootcamps, “I only demand one thing and that is perfection”.

Well, now you can get a whole lot closer to perfection. In the video about we compare the iPhone with the Zeiss lenses to the iPhone without. We think you’ll see a big difference – and not for that big a price either.

The most dramatic difference you will see is with the telephoto lens. The telephoto the lense gives you a narrower field of view with a magnified image and looks much better than if you just tried to zoom with your iPhone, which completely destroys the depth of field. 

As for the wide angle and macro lenses they overall hold up to what the iPhone can do, but offers a slightly sharper image than just the iPhone lens.

Overall these are great if you want more flexibility in the kinds of shots you can make with your iPhone and give your iPhone a better image. The lenses are compatable with iPhone 6 and 6+ and newer (you just have to make sure you get the right ExoLens attachment for the phone you have.

You can purchase the lenses and adaptor from ExoLens here.


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