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Telephoto lenses boost your smartphone, tablet photos

Photojojo offers mobile technology users a variety of telephoto lens options to enhance your mobile photography results.



Telephoto lenses for all of your devices

Most of us use our cell phone or tablet as our go-to camera when we’re out and about, but one painful flaw remains even with so many technological advances – when you zoom in to take a great shot, you find there is a loss of quality. Photojojo is offering a bevy of tools to solve this problem: telephoto lenses for the iPad, iPhone and cell phones. Genius.

Telephoto lens for iPad zooms in over ten times

Priced at $25, the telephoto lens for the iPad offers a 10x zoom, while the lens for the iPad mini offers a 12x zoom. The lens is easily attached and removed for storage by unscrewing it from the mounting hardware. Using either of these lenses will allow you to see farther without hurting the quality of your photos.

Since most of us bring our tablets on vacation anyway, well at least I do because I cannot go anywhere without my e-books, it would not mean packing anything extra except the lens and it would result in better quality pictures.

Telephoto lens for all smartphones

There is also a lens for the smartphone market, which the company claims is compatible with all phone models, or any device that has a lens on it really, but specifically Android, Samsung, iPhone, and Blackberry. The web site also states that these will work with iPads. The lenses made for iPhone 4/4S and the iPhone 5 are designed with extra strong rings so they will stick to the glass but not block the flash or the mic. Photojojo offers four different lens options: fisheye, telephoto, wide angle and macro.

  • Fisheye lens is an ultra wide angle lens that wraps your photos into round, hemispherical images.
  • Telephoto lens gives you’re the ability to zoom in two times closer.
  • Wide Angle/Macro lens is a 2-in-1; the removable macro ring capture high-quality, close-up detail and the wide angle expands your view.

The price for all four lenses (with the wide/macro sold as one lens, even though it has two options), is $49, or you can buy them individually with prices ranging from $20-25 each. If you take a lot of photos with you phone, it’s worth trying out, especially the wide/macro option.

iPhone telephoto lenses come with a tripod and case

There is also a package that is strictly for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5 users. The web site states, “it’s like a Sigma 500mm for your iPhone camera.” That’s a pretty big statement and at the price of $35.00, it’s hard to turn down. The package includes the 8x lens, a tripod and a case.

The downside? You have to use the black case included in the package in order to use the lens. It must be screwed in to that case. But, it does boast a 8x-12x zoom, so it is a trade-off to consider. There are before and after pictures on the web site to offer a comparison. To use the lens, once it’s installed, you twist the grip on the lens’ manual focus ring to make it sharp and then snap.

If you enjoy taking pictures, the price point isn’t too bad to give it a try. And the quality of the pictures seems to be greatly improved, judging by the results on their website and all the fan reviews.

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Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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