Ex­olens with Op­tics by Zeiss

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ZEISS IS WORLD-REKNOWNED for mak­ing amaz­ing lenses for the high-end cam­era mar­ket, but the iPhone... re­ally? So far, lens-boost­ing ac­ces­sories for the iPhone have been dom­i­nated by man­u­fac­tur­ers that don’t nec­es­sar­ily make SLR equiv­a­lents. So when big man­u­fac­tur­ers get in on the act, are they re­ally worth the ex­tra pre­mium on price?

Here, Zeiss has gone for a one-lens so­lu­tion rather than a com­plete lens stu­dio of the sort you can get for a sim­i­lar price from the likes of Man­frotto and Ol­lo­clip. Note that Ex­oLens has a non-Zeiss lens kit for a sim­i­lar price to Ol­lo­clip/Man­frotto mul­ti­lens sys­tems. So for just one lens — in this case, a wide-an­gle one (0.6x) — what do you get for the cash? Well, images are crisp, just wide enough to make land­scape shots re­ally pop, and though the case sys­tem looks odd, it ex­cels with a tight rub­ber grip that can be slid off your iPhone in sec­onds.

We have found other wide-an­gle iPhone lenses tend to suf­fer from a de­gree of hori­zon cur­va­ture. The same arte­fact is found here, but it’s less no­tice­able than on most lenses. This is a lovely add-on for an iPhone snap­per but, in terms of price and flex­i­bil­ity, a mul­ti­lens sys­tem will suit most peo­ple bet­ter.

The bot­tom line is that, while this will def­i­nitely hurt your wal­let, we sim­ply can’t ar­gue with the images or the great case. [ CHRIS­TIAN HALL ]

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