Cheapo camera phone zoom lens
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:27:43 PM »
A few days ago I brought you the Teeny Sling Bag of POWER
and now the second item from that order has arrived- a cheapo clip on zoom lens for your camera phone. It's not to be confused with the zoom lens setup that I ordered for my nephews
. Those ones look somewhat better than this one, or at least I'm hoping.
It's slightly wider than a pack of Life Savers and about the same length. It comes with two end caps and a clip that the monocular screws into that holds it to your phone.
It says it is an 8x unit and I believe it. Using it just as a moncular it is actually surprisingly sharp for something so cheap. At one point glassmaking and optics were considered so high tech that the Italian Government rounded up all the glassmakers and put them on a heavily guarded island so no one else would be able to figure out how it was done. And now, we are getting good quality optics for less than a dollar.
So how well does it work? Pretty darned good actually. The following photos are taken without and then with the zoom.
Sure you lose a bit around the edges, but I was surprised at just how well it really works. There is even a little focus ring so you can help the autofocus on your camera home in on the details, or for focusing when you are using it as a monocular.
I wouldn't suggest that you spend any money on one of these, but if one just happens to find it's way into your cart when you are buying something else, then it probably wouldn't be the worst thing that would happen to you.