Olloclip Telephoto lens + Polarised filter
This is a really cool piece of kit and as an owner of the original Olloclip 3 in 1 fisheye kit I am familiar with the company and the high quality of their products. The idea behind the Telephoto lens is to get you much closer to your subject, increasing the standard zoom on the iPhone camera by 2x. It also features the Polarising lens which reduces flare and gives much more in depth colours especially when shooting sky or water.
This came packaged nicely in a soft cloth bag with a separate smaller bag for the filter, both bags feature Olloclip labels which is a nice touch. The Telephoto lens is notably heavier than its fisheye counterpart but it does not effect the performance of the lens as a whole, it mounts on the iPhone with a simple clip on mechanism, this is easy and quick although prohibits the use of any case other than the Olloclip flip case which is available at a cost. It is built of a very sturdy aluminium material which is both durable and strong, the product itself looks stunning and very professional which will see you fit right in even in the company of DSLR users.
The most important thing to remember before purchasing this lens is that it is a telephoto, not a zoom lens, this means that it has a fixed magnification at 2x rather than an adjustable setting on the barrel of the lens. It produces good crisp images and 2x zoom but once you start using the iPhone zoom slider (digital zoom) the images start to get noisy and pixelated. I took a few photos at the emirates cup last sunday to give you an idea of how you can get closer to the action on match day, these were taken from the upper tier.
As you can see the results are impressive in terms of zoom although I found it difficult to get a steady hand in the bustling crowd. To counteract this movement blur I would suggest a tripod should be used which is compatible with the Olloclip flip case and pro mount. By using the digital zoom and the 2x telephoto lens I was able to get a really close up shot of the players warming up, albeit somewhat pixelated.
Price + Final thoughts:
The Olloclip Telephoto lens and CPL come in at £99.99, it is not a totally refined product in my opinion but is head and shoulders above the competition in terms of clip on lens devices. It is a well built, portable gadget which will help you feel closer to the action if you find yourself stuck up in the rafters at the Emirates or on the road. Keep up to date with the latest football scores around the ground whilst snapping away with scores.co.uk.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless:
The Kingston MobieLite Wireless allows the user to backup or access files stored on an SD card or Memory Stick wirelessly from a mobile device anywhere on the go. It features a USB port, SD card slot and a charging port and allows you to plug in an SD card and transfer all your camera photos to an iPhone or an iPad or vice versa. You are also able to load videos and music onto an SD card or Memory stick and stream them to yout iDevice anywhere in the world, effectively acting as external storage. You can also use it as a backup battery pack and plug in your smartphone or tablet to charge on the go!
In my opinion the device could have been built with higher quality materials but for a sub £50 streamer we can’t complain too much. The casing is made of a metal effect plastic which feels somewhat flimsy but still does a job, there is one button on the device which is quite difficult to press but is doable with the use of your nails.
This is where the streamer really excels, with the help of this gadget I am able to take hundreds of photos at a football match and plug my SD card into the little box and be sharing them with up to three of my friends who are with me at the same time, this means I don’t have to waste time sending them or printing them, my mates can have the photos before we even leave the stadium. You will need to download the Kingston mobilelite app from the Appstore or GooglePlay to get started. As someone who takes a lot of photos, I often find myself with hundreds of snaps and no space on my iDevice, to counteract this I can send all of my photos to a memory stick or SD card that is plugged into the MobileLite and free up GB’s of space on my phone.
It is also a dream to have on the boring train journey up to the Emirates and around the UK on away days. I can load up an SD card or memory stick with my favourite TV shows or films and stream them from the mobilelite using the wireless network the device creates itself. This works flawlessly with absolutely no buffering or stuttering, even with 1080p content.
Finally, it is always useful to have a spare source if power for when your Phone inevitably dies on the way home with its built in charger!
Price + final thoughts:
This little box of magic comes in at around £40 which is a bargain in my opinion, I cannot recommend it any more it is a life saver and a time killer all in one. There are a few downsides like the fact that you can only play .mp4 files and file transfer can be slow at times but overall the positives far outweigh the negatives.