April 7th, 2016 by Cherié
Eyeing the Photojojo Iris Lens Series
I’ve been eyeing the Photojojo Iris Lens ever since it came out on the market. When I got a new case for my phone, my old magnetic Photojojo lens sadly became obsolete. But when they announced a new lens series that packs some serious power – I was elated. These lenses are made in the same factory as Leica, Canon, and Nikon. Talk about being in the big leagues!
I wanted to step up my mobile photography game this year and this was the perfect tool to do it. When Photojojo was looking for Iris Ambassadors, I jumped at the chance. Not only that – they gave me a 20 dollar off PROMO code for my readers to use! Scroll down for the code, and check out the photos.
Now lets talk nerdy…
What is in the Iris 3 Lens series box? (iPhone 6s/Plus version)
- Macro Lens
- Fisheye Lens
- Wide Angle Lens
- 2 plates for caseless phones (one for iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus)
- 2 iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus specific plates for cased phones
- One mount (which has a case, and can double as a lens carrier!)
- Lastly, a quick-start manual.
I was surprised at the weight of these lenses; they felt sturdier, tougher, and much sharper than ever. The interlocking covers make it easy to carry around, without having to rifle through your bag looking for a lens. Pretty nifty huh?
Each lens is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, as well as the Samsung S5 and S6. You can even use these with most cases, or without. Photojojo boasts that they can fit virtually any iPhone case (even the Otterbox) and I believe them. With just one bungee cord with an attached cap, it fit over my semi bulky Unicorn Beetle iPhone 6 Plus case. In addition kit also has two attachments for those sans case, which is perfect. They truly thought of everything, all of the nuts and bolts.
“Okay that sounds great Travel Bee,” you may be thinking “but just get to the point already: are they easy to assemble?” The answer is yes! The kit comes with a complete installation guide, they also offer customized video tutorials online. I actually found it easier to just follow along with the video – all you have to do is select which phone you have.
A quick note – if you are seeing some vignetting in your photos, then you have the wrong plate. I made this mistake, thinking both plates were identical – but if I had looked with my “special eyes”, I would have noticed the little imprint that specifically marked “iP6Plus/iP6s Plus”. As soon as I realized I was using the wrong plate, and installed the correct one in my case, the problem was solved. D’oh!
Prices vary depending on what you’re looking for; the kit was originally priced at $109, but it’s currently on sale for $69 buckeroos. Now, add the 20 dollar off coupon I’m sharing with you, what a deal! But if you tend to favor one lens than the others, then buying the individual lenses would be better for you. They are on sale for about $34.50 each(originally $69 per lens). So take advantage of the sale while you can! Unfortunately the coupon code I mentioned does not cover individual lenses, it only works for the three lens set. The price may be steep for these lenses, but honestly with the quality these lenses provides – I believe it is worth it. I also love the fact that lens work seamlessly for taking videos, which can add a bit of uniqueness to your Instagram vids!
Still have questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments, or check out their FAQ Section.
Perfect for taking landscape, group portraits or even interior shots. This is the best one for getting as much you can into one photo. Personally I love using the wide angle lens for bustling city scenes, landscapes, group photos, art murals, or finally getting a good photo of all four of my dogs in one picture! Which is no easy feat 😉
Specs from their site:
- 100-degree lens, fits 2x more in your photo
- Four element optical grade glass
- High center resolution for maximum clarity
Photo taken without the Wide Angle Lens
This is personally my favorite lens, with it’s laser focus it picks up the subject with amazing precision. I was blown away with the detail and quality of the Macro lens provides. Possible uses are for closeups of water droplets, ladybugs, your Avengers action figure collection, ice cream sprinkles, DIY tech projects, and for creating bokeh effects. The possibilities are endless with the Macro, it’s not just for taking pictures of flora and fauna; it allows you to take fun close ups of so many unique things with such definition. I love the softness that the macro produces in its photos, it creates such a ethereal vibe to each picture.
Specs from their site:
- 10x magnification
- 3mm focusing distance, extreme closeup!
- Ultra crisp high resolution center
FISHEYE:If you prefer bubbly, vignetted fisheye photos, then skip this one. But if you’re like me, and prefer no vignetting and a subtle fisheye effect – then this is the holy grail of fisheye lens. I personally love taking Graffiti art photos with the fisheye lens, it just takes it to another level. The fisheye lens takes the photo to an artistic level, but at the same time it also (kind of) doubles as a wide angle lens – taking in so much more, but with a bubble effect. You can use them for portrait shots like I did (pictured above), or even for taking pictures of patterns, unique art sculptures and so forth.
Specs from their site:
- 180-degree lens
- Three ground glass elements
- Full-frame fisheye with zero vignetting