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I thought I would start with comparing the angles of view of these lenses. Just be aware that the edge and corner performance of the lenses is not as good as the centre performance.

iPhone 6 plus view (29mm)
iPhone 6 plus view (29mm)
2x telephoto view (58mm)
2x telephoto view (58mm) – does have pincushion distortion

Do note that the wide-angle lens has some corner vignetting with the iPhone 6 plus (more so to one side than the other), which is likely due to it having a wider focal length than previous iPhones (iPhone 5s is 29.7mm, iPhone 5 is 31mm) & Samsung Galaxy smartphones(S4 and S5 are 31mm).

Wide-angle view (19.5mm)
Wide-angle view (19.5mm) – does have barrel distortion
Fish-eye view
Fish-eye view

For me, it was the telephoto lens and the macro lens which I found more useful for what I like to shoot.

The macro lens allows the iPhone to get very close to the subject, typically being about 2-3cm away. The image quality in the centre is good but less so towards the edges or corners. So this lens is more for fun than for actual macrophotography.

Macro of leaf
Macro of leaf
Macro of coffee bean
Macro of coffee bean
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Macro image
Macro image of moss growing on a wall
Macro image of moss growing on a wall
Macro wide-angle lens shot
Macro wide-angle lens shot
Wide-angle lens macro shot to give appearance of path leading to a house
Wide-angle lens macro shot
Macro shot of jeans material
Macro shot of jeans material
100% crop
Centre 100% crop

The telephoto lens is particularly useful as I find the iPhone camera too wide – this will get the subject much bigger on the iPhone. It will also be useful for shooting portraits.

Here are some shots taken with the 2x telephoto lens and cropped in. This can be helpful to capture scenes when travelling about (when it is safe to do so), which you would otherwise not be able to.

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Sun rising in the horizon

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IMG_4124I would say that the telephoto lens performs reasonably well, although will introduce some pin-cushion distortion due to its design (particularly towards the edge of the image). So if you intend to use the image for sharing online and will be cropping into the centre, then this will not pose a problem. I have bought two other lens systems and will be reviewing them in due course (one of them is the Moment 2x telephoto lens which has only just arrived and will be reviewed shortly).

Although this set of lens is priced at the budget end of the market:

1) It comes with the necessary accessories for it to work,

2) It has front and rear lens covers to protect it from the elements and fingers (no further purchase needed),

3) It does work to add some capabilities to the iPhone camera, albeit with some limitations.

If you are looking for lenses that are fun to use, very cheap and are not concerned about the edge/corner performance, then I would recommend this set of lenses for you. However, if you are after the best image quality from your add-on lens, then I’m afraid you will be disappointed with these lenses; we do have to be realistic as there is no way of getting top-notch performance in such a small package.

Boon

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