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USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Review

Daniel Bell reviews the USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens for iPhone 5.


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Features
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USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Review: Super 20X Macro Lens for iPhone 5

The Microscope Lens from USB Fever offers a magnification of 20x and can be used with the iPhone 5. It has a focus distance of 0.7mm and is small and light so it can be easily carried around. You can purchase the lens from the USB Fever website for $20.99 (around £13.01 as of 14/1/13) plus shipping.

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USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Features

  • Comes with a back cover to attach the lens
  • Made from glass and aluminium
  • Compatible with iPhone 5
  • 20x super macro magnification
  • 0.7mm focus distance
  • 13.2mm lens diameter
  • 55° viewing angle
  • Weighs 6g
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USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Handling

You need to put the back cover onto your iPhone which it simply clicks into. The lens then screws into position. When not in use you can keep the cover on your camera if you prefer, it doesn't add much size or weight to the iPhone.

The best subjects to photograph are those with a flat surface as the edge of the lens sits on and is the perfect distance for focusing. The edge of the lens is transparent, allowing light to enter your subject, but for great pictures you need to be in the best light possible.

It can be quite tricky to keep the camera still when shooting, so using an app with a self-timer is beneficial. It would also be useful if the back cover had some feet on it so it could keep itself steady, rather than having to hold it, to reduce camera shake.

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USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Performance

The lens takes impressive pictures. If you hold it against a computer screen you can see the red, green and blue pixels. Although there is strong pincushion distortion, detail is decent and it's possible to take some outstanding iPhone pictures, which can be made even better when editing using apps.

USB Fever Super 20X Macro Lens for iPhone 5 Sample Photos

USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Verdict

The USB Fever 20x Macro Lens is an ideal accessory for the keen iPhoneographer. As long as you shoot in good light impressive images are possible. The case could do with a redesign to make it steadier so you can use it without need to hold it, or useable with a tripod, but it is excellent value for money at just over $20 dollars.

USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Review:  
The USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens allows you to take unique pictures on your iPhone and is excellent value for money.  

USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Pros

Pictures are impressive
Excellent value for money
Comes with lens caps for both ends

USB Fever Super 20x Macro Lens For iPhone 5 Cons

Difficult to keep steady when shooting
Needs to be used win well lit conditions
Strong pincushion distortion

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You can purchase the lens from the USB Fever website for $20.99 (around £13.01 as of 14/1/13) plus shipping.

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