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HHI 8X iPhone 4 Lens kit
on June 13, 2011
OK, 5 stars seems kinda crazy for this strange gizmo...but, it actually works and it was only $26.
1.It fits my iPhone 4 well.
2.It actually does magnify the image in the camera lens by quite a lot (I haven't actually checked the exact magnification number, but 8X seems about right.)
3.On the tripod, it produces a decently sharp picture, without dramatic distortion.
4.The tripod "works" in that it hold the iPhone steady, which is mandatory with this magnification.
5.It is really inexpensive.
6.It actually does focus.
Always remember that price. For that you should not expect a top quality product.
1.The tripod legs do not extend. In fact when I tried to pull the feet out like on my $20 Hakuba, the leg just detached completely.
2.The lens is NOT a zoom lens as the title says. It is only a telephoto lens.
3.The focusing is not very easy or necessarily accurate.
4.It has no instructions. (although its operation seems pretty much obvious.)
5.The so-called stylus that is thrown into the shipping package, is less than worthless.
6.It cannot take a portrait oriented image very well. The clamp and tripod pretty much limit it to landscape.
So I end up giving 5 stars because it is so cheap and actually does work. If it was $100, it would get 2 stars.
For a much more practical, and high quality tripod (no lens), I recommend the Joby Gorillamobile for iPhone 4. I find it very handy and easy to use.
I think of the lens a toy, a curiosity. If I want to take a real picture, I will get out my real camera.