Lensbaby Creative Mobile Lens Kit Review

Lensbaby Creative Mobile Lens Kit Review  - We take a look at Lensbaby's Creative Mobile Kit, which has two lens adaptors and a stand for your smartphone.

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Lensbaby Mobile Kit

The Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit allows you to attach different Lensbaby adapters to your smartphone camera to create a variety of image effects. It's compatible with most smartphones and uses magnets, to make changing adapters over easy. Here we take a look at how it performs. It's available to fit iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and most Android and other. We took a look at the Android version.

Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit Features

The kit consists of 4 magnetic mounts, two lens adaptors, a kickstand, two lens adaptor protectors for when they're not attached to the camera and an alcoholic wipe for cleaning the back of your phone before attaching the mount. 


 

The adaptors included in the kit are the LM-20 and LM-30. The LM-20 gives you a 'sweet spot' of focus surrounded by gradually increasing blur while the MH-30 is a bit like a kaleidoscope, taking a sharp image in the centre which is surrounded by reflections. 

The idea is that you can attach the mount to your camera, and use a variety of magnetic adapters and accessories from Lensbaby to make your photos more fun and aid you in taking images. 

Key Features

  • Easily create unique photos
  • Includes two adaptors and kickstand
  • Includes 4 mounts, so you can use the kit with more than one phone
  • Lens protectors included 
  • Magnetic fixings make it easy to change accessories
  • Free accompanying app

Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit Handling

The Creative Mobile Kit is pretty easy to set up and use. In the box, the kit comes with a step by step instruction guide to fixing the mount. We looked at the Android version of the kit. Unlike the iPhone 6 version, which has a cube-like structure that slides over the lens, enabling you to attach accessories and then remove the mount when it's not wanted, the Android / other version of the kit comes with 4 mounts, which have to be stuck to your phone. 

This is because of the positioning of cameras on different phones. It wouldn't be possible to create a removable mount for every single model available, but it is slightly annoying that once the mount is adhered to your phone it'll be difficult to remove and will likely leave a nasty sticky patch where it's been should you wish to take it off in the future.


 

To attach, you just wipe the area clean with the supplied alcohol wipe, peel off the backing from the mount and secure it in position. We used a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and the mount fitted fine. 


 

Once the mount is secure, it's simply a case of attaching and detaching your required accessory as you wish. When not in use, the two lens adaptors have protectors, which magnetise to the back of the adapter with an attached lens cap to protect the glass. 

Lensbaby app screenshot

There is also a free app, for use when using the LM lenses. It's available for both Android and iPhones and provides you more creative options for your photos. Key features include:

  • Spot Metering
  • Exposure Lock
  • Rule of Thirds Grid
  • White Balance Lock
  • Toggle to switch between still & video mode
  • Toggle to switch between right-side up and upside-down mode
  • Filters: (filter selection depends upon filters available on your specific mobile phone)
  • A sharpening slider (available in gallery mode after taking the photo)

 


 

Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit Performance


 

Kickstand

The Kickstand enables you to stand the phone upright and leave it, ideal for group photos where you want to be included and holding the phone won't work. The front camera on the S3 Mini isn't that great however, so it's a shame that to use the kickstand you have to completely cover the main camera. But, the kickstand does its job well and you can adjust the tilt of the camera once it's placed by sliding the stand clockwise or anti-clockwise. 


 

LM-20

The LM-20 is the adaptor that gives you a 'sweet spot' of focus in the middle surrounded by increasing blur. It creates a sense of movement and activity on a shot as well as giving a dream like atmosphere. It works well for landscape scenes and landmarks where the sides of the image are unimportant. You have to be careful when attaching the lens adaptors that their frames aren't visible in the shot, which can happen if you don't quite get the camera's lens right in the centre when fitting it. 


 

LM-30

The LM-30 reflects whatever's in the centre of the image and creates interesting patterns. It's good for macro subjects and adding abstract interest to images. The effect it as bit like a kaleidoscope. 

Images came out well, with little flare when shooting into the sun. 

Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit Sample Photos

Value For Money

The Lensbaby Creative Kit Mobile is available to pre-order for £74 from Wex for the Android/ iPhone 5C version. 

Alternatives for iPhone users include the 4-in-1 lens kits from Olloclip, which are available for £53.04 from Amazon. This gives you double the lens choices and works on both the back and front cameras at the same time. 

For Android users, there are currently not that many well known branded adaptor choices available. There are several cheap alternatives available online, the most likely don't use the high quality glass optics used by Lensbaby. £74 is a little on the expensive side, but the lens adaptors you get are high quality and protectors are included. 

 

Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit Verdict

The Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit is easy to use and handy for those that want the ability to change lens adapters and accessories simply by pulling them off and swapping them over. 

The protective caps are also great for shielding the unused lenses accessories in your bag when not in use from scratches and smudges. What would have been nice is a small drawstring bag to keep things together in when not in use. 

It's also a little frustrating that once you stick the mount to your Android camera, it's difficult to get it off again. You do get spare mounts, so should you swap phones you can still use the kit. It would be nice if there was some way to attach a mount that didn't use glue, though. 

Overall, the Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit provides you with the means to take some original and unique photos with your phone camera, and is recommended for its quality and ease of use. 

Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit Pros

Easy to swap over magnetised accessories
Lens protectors supplied
Cool effects
 

Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit Cons

Android users have to stick the mount to their phone
Expensive
 

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The Lensbaby Creative Kit provides you with 3 great accessories to take more creative photos. 

 

 

 

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