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Since the launch of the iPhone there have been numerous lenses released from fish-eye, wide-angle to ones helping you get closer to your subject, such as the Vtec iPhone 12x telephoto lens on test here. It is made from aluminium and comes with an iPhone case, holder, mini tripod, cleaning cloth, pouch and lens caps and is priced at £34.99.
- Comes with 3 leg tripod
- iPhone cover (to fix lens to)
- Manual focus ring
- 3m minimum focus distance
- 12x magnification
- 12° angle of View
- 21mm objective lens diameter
- Aluminum shell and optical glass element
Camera Awesome, which has an anti-shake mode, or even the Belkin LiveAction Camera Remote.
The iPhone 5 lens is a 35mm equivalent of 33mm, so this lens will boost the length to 396mm. The lens is fixed, therefore it will not zoom in or out. There is a manual focus ring which needs to be twisted to make the images sharp. 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.
There is a metal ring which goes around the lens and attaches to a tripod. The miniature one that comes with it is OK if you manage to balance it well, as the weight of the lens compared to the iPhone makes it a little unstable. You also need to screw the rotating ball very tight as the weight can cause the lens and iPhone to move. For the test shots in this review the Hama Traveller Mini Pro has been used, this has quite a short screw, other tripods had a longer screw which didn't fit securely into the socket.
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.
iPhone 5. Image quality is good, with the iPhone 5's excellent colour reproduction coming through. It is clear to see, even from the thumbnail pictures below, that images are sharp in the middle, but become soft around the edges.
Vtec iPhone 12x Aluminium Telephoto Lens For iPhone 5 Sample Photos
Example 1 | 1/291 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 50
Example 2 | 1/507 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 50
Example 3 | 1/452 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 50
Example 4 | 1/968 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 50
Example 5 | 1/259 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 50
Example 6 | 1/20 sec | f/2.4 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
Value for money
The Vtec 12x Telephoto Lens seems like good value for money at £34.99, particularly considering the additional accessories it comes with. We have also reviewed an 8x telephoto lens, available from Photojojo (approx £22), which produced similar results.
Vtec 12x Telephoto Lens for iPhone 5 ProsComes with plenty of useful accessories
Good value for money
Decent image quality for use on the web
Vtec 12x Telephoto Lens for iPhone 5 ConsImages are only sharp in the centre
Supplied tripod can be tricky to use
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
The iPhone 12x Aluminium Telephoto Lens is available from Vtec for £34.95.
Vtec iPhone 12x Aluminium Telephoto Lens For iPhone 5 Specifications
|Focal Length||No Data|
|Angle of View||12°|
|Max Aperture||No Data|
|Min Aperture||No Data|
|Filter Size||No Data|
|35mm equivalent||No Data|
|Box Contents||Telephoto lens, iPhone case, holder, mini tripod, cleaning cloth, puch and lens caps|