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On test here is a 20x telephoto lens which is for the iPhone 5. It is supplied by DCkina, on their site you'll also find the same lens available for the iPhone 4/4S, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 and Samsung Note 2/3. The lens is available for $125.65 (approx £82.57 as of 18/07/13) and comes with a cover to attach the lens to the phone, mini tripod, pouch for back cover, cleaning cloth, tripod attachment ring and user guide.
- 20x aluminium cased telephoto lens
- Manual focus
- 5° angle of View
- iPhone cover (to fix lens to)
- Supplied with a mini tripod, pouch and cleaning cloth
- 660mm equivalent focal length
- Lens constructed of 11 elements in 8 groups
Belkin LiveAction Camera Remote.
The lens has a fixed focal length, a 35mm equivalent of 660mm and has a manual focus ring. With the manual focusing it's very hard to shoot fast moving objects unless you know exactly the position your subject will be in. The focus ring has a number of grooves to help you grip it, but it feels rather loose, except it's quite tight at one point.
It is also worth noting that you can't use the lens with the flash as it shines right into it, so remember to turn it off. It is a very nice touch that the lens comes with a pouch and lens caps for both ends, meaning you can keep it clean when not in use.
DCkina iPhone 20x Telephoto Lens Sample Photos
Without Lens | 1/308 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 50
Example 1 | 1/120 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 64
Example 2 | 1/120 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 64
Example 3 | 1/2262 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 50
Value for moneyThe 20x Telephoto lens is available for $125.65 (approx £82.57 as of 18/07/13). This makes it quite expensive. We have also reviewed a 12x lens and an 8x lens which are much cheaper. For just over £100 you can buy the Olympus SP-620UZ which has a 21x optical zoom lens.
iPhone 20x Telephoto Lens ProsComes with a mini tripod
Can be attached to most standard tripods
Gives the iPhone 5 a 35mm equivalent focal length of 660mm
iPhone 20x Telephoto Lens ConsExpensive
Lots of purple fringing
Manual focus makes picture taking even harder
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DCkina iPhone 20x Telephoto Lens Specifications
|Angle of View||5°|
|Max Aperture||No Data|
|Min Aperture||No Data|
|Filter Size||No Data|
|Min Focus||No Data|
|Box Contents||Back Cover for iPhone5, 20x Long Range Telescope, Mini Tripod, Pouch for back cover, Cleaning Cloth, Tripod Attachment Ring, User Guide|