I recently purchased the wide angle/macro lens to use with my iPhone. I bought it specifically for the macro lens as I find that the built-in camera lens is wide enough. There are other cellphone lenses available; however, I bought this one because it was affordable at $20 for the pair and looked to be of good quality.
Here’s how it works:
It comes with both lenses screwed together. You use both together to shoot wide angle shots.
Left: A circular, metal sticker is applied to the back of your phone. When you want to use the lens you simply pop it into place and it sticks via a magnet. Right: You must unscrew the top piece of the lens to take macro images. My only real complaint with the lens is that I don’t intend to use the wide angle portion, but am forced to carry both together in order to prevent damage. Unscrewing the tiny pieces is slow and fidgety work. For that reason I haven’t bothered to venture beyond my own backyard garden with the lens and I don’t see myself using it in the wintertime when I am further burdened by icy fingers and thick gloves.
As you can see from my images, the macros are indeed very close. The lens must be held right up to the object you want to photograph. Keeping a steady hand and proper focus is no easy task, especially on a windy day when photographing small flowers.
Still, the images it can make are fantastic. I’m really blown away by the quality of the photos that I can take with a phone these days! It’s so great, I no longer think of my phone by its intended use, but as a pocket digital camera with a lot of fancy features.