Universal 5-in-1 clip camera lens kit

The other lens kit I bought for my iPhone was the First2savvv 5-in-1 Lens kit from Amazon. The cost was £9.99 and comes with a fish-eye lens, wide-angle lens, macro lens, 2x telephoto lens and a circular polariser filter.

When the package first arrived, I thought it looked pretty good. Each lens and the circular polariser each had their own front lens cap. There was also a black pouch to store the lenses in. But there is no rear lens caps for these lenses, so they are likely to collect dust – which will likely show up on your pictures as dust spots. The lenses and front lens caps look very similar to the XCSource lens kit I reviewed previously, except the lens coating looks different (I’m do not think the lenses are multicoated).

Clip on 5-in-1 lens kit for smart phone
Clip on 5-in-1 lens kit for smart phone
Rear of packaging
Rear of packaging
4 lenses, 1 circular polariser filter and clip
4 lenses, 1 circular polariser filter and clip
4 lenses and circular polariser filter
4 lenses and circular polariser filter
Clip mounted on iPhone
Clip mounted on iPhone
Fish-eye lens mounted on the clip
Fish-eye lens mounted on the clip
Poor construction - circular polariser has defect on it
Poor construction – circular polariser has defect on it

What is bad about this lens kit?

1) The circular polariser had a defect in it. Initially I wondered if there was a film on top which needed to be removed. But turns out that it is essentially a polariser film glued onto a piece of transparent glass filter. And there was a defect as something had been glued in between the two layers.

2) The macro and wide-angle lenses are stuck together and I cannot take them apart. Hence it only works as a wide-angle lens.

3) Due to the way the lenses are mounted onto the clip and further away from the lens of the camera, there is more corner vignetting than with the XCSource lens kit.

4) It costs more than the XCSource lens kit and yet is of poorer quality.

What is good about this lens kit?

1) The clip holder could be adapted to mount other things to the phone – other lenses, perhaps alternative lighting.

In fact I have adapted the clip holder to hold another lens I have to act as a better quality macro lens. Sadly none of the lenses I have, including enlarger lenses can act as a macro lens and cover the entire field of view of the iPhone 6 plus. But there is one small lens I own which comes very close but does not cover the corners except when shooting in square mode, where it will have negligible vignetting in the corners. That post is to follow.

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