Review: Universal Smartphone Camera Lenses Work with a Variety of Phones

Over the years, I've reviewed a number add-on lenses for iPhones. As Apple redesigns each generation of iPhone, a new lens often has to be designed because the manufacturers use proprietary adapters. That's why I was excited when Black Eye sent me its new Smartphone Lenses (starting at $34.90).

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It's always been a disappointment having to dispose of old accessories that are no longer compatible with the newest iPhone. The Black Eye lenses are different. They use a heavy duty universal clamp, kind of like a "chip clip" to let you position the lenses over most iPhone or Android camera lenses. Black Eye sells a wide variety of lens types, including fisheye, cinema wide, and portrait telephoto lenses, which are sold separately or bundled into a handy Pro Kit that includes a zipper travel case.

Pros

  • Heavy-duty, quality construction
  • fisheye, cinema wide and portrait telephoto lenses
  • Universal clamps
  • Works with multiple Apple and Android phones
  • Pro Kit includes zipper travel case

Cons

  • Complete kit is expensive, but should outlast your current phone


Final Verdict

A complete set of smartphone lenses from Black Eye might seem pricey but considering they should outlast your current phone, they are a solid investment.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.