Best iPhone Lens Kits iMore 2020
Whether you're a professional photographer or just starting as an amateur, having a lens kit for your iPhone can change the game. In fact, some lenses can make your photos look like they were taken with a DSLR, but they're just taken with your phone. We think the Olloclip MultiClip Filmer's Kit Plus is the best overall kit because of the wide compatibility and it packs in five different lenses. However, it is a bit on the pricier side, but there are other strong options to consider too.
- Best Overall: Olloclip Filmer's Kit
- Best on a Budget: Apexel 10-in-1 Lens Kit
- Best for Pros: Sandmarc Pro Edition Kit
- Best for Convenience: Zytlus Designer Revolver M Series Camera Kit
- Best Ease of Use: CAMKIX Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control Lens Kit
- Best Value: Hitcase TrueLUX Lens Bundle
Best Overall: Olloclip MultiClip Filmer's Kit Plus
If you want to have the ultimate set of essentials for any iPhone photographer, then you need the Olloclip Filmer's Kit. While it's quite pricey, it has pretty much everything you need to shoot stunning photos and video with just your iPhone.
With the Filmer's Kit, you get five lenses for your iPhone: Pocket Telephoto 2X Essential, Fisheye + Macro 15X 2-in-1 Essential, SuperWide Essential, and UltraWide Essential. With all of these lenses, you get a 180-degree spherical effect, wider fields of view, 2x optical zoom, and macro magnification.
On top of those five lenses, you get the Pivot, which is Olloclip's mobile video grip. While it doesn't have stabilization, it's still a great way to get good mobile video easily, at least better than with just your hands. It also includes a multi-device clip, allowing you to use the lenses with pretty much any smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Everything in the Filmer's Kit comes packed in a custom compression-molded case for both travel and storage. While this kit is not cheap, it comes with everything you need for awesome iPhone photography. It is also compatible with screen protectors.
- Has all the essentials
- Includes Pivot mobile phone grip
- Clip to attach lenses to multiple devices
- Screen protector compatible
- Works with the Olloclip Slim Case
- Pivot grip does not have stabilization
- Does not work with flash
Your essential iPhone photography toolkit
Olloclip Filmer's Kit has everything you need to shoot fantastic photos and videos with your iPhone. The Pivot grip provides some extra reach when you need to film, and the five lenses it comes with should be more than enough for DSLR-quality photos. Everything stores neatly in the case for storage or travel.
Best on a Budget: Apexel 10-in-1 Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
If you're on a budget, or just want to pick up a few lenses cheap, then the Apexel 10-in-1 Lens Kit has everything you need, and the price is right.
With this lens kit, you'll get a total of nine different lenses and filters: 0.63X wide lens, 15X macro, 2X telephoto lens,198-degree fisheye lens, kaleidoscope lens, CPL filter, flow filter, radial filter, and star filter. You can mix-and-match these lenses and filters together for some awesome effects and unique shots to share on social media.
Since this kit uses a universal clamp to get the lenses on your iPhone, it isn't limited to just iPhones. So if you decide to use another smartphone down the road, you will still be able to use this kit with that device. Just be warned that the lenses may not work best with dual lenses, like on the Plus models of iPhones.
Everything comes in a nice little carrying case that will store and protect the lenses when not in use and makes transporting them around easy.
- Good variety of lenses and filters
- Universal clamp
- Lots of possibilities for shots
- Protective storage case
- Not the highest quality of lenses
Best on a Budget
Room for experimentation
You get 10 different lenses in this kit, making it a great value. The lenses clip on and come with a carrying case.
Best for Pros: Sandmarc Pro Edition Kit
If you want the best-of-the-best, you can't beat the Sandmarc Pro Edition Kit.
This kit comes with their Telephoto, Wide, Macro, and Fisheye lenses for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. These lenses are made from premium, multi-coated optics to deliver the best results, so you get nothing but sharp and stunning images.
Each Pro Edition Kit comes with a protective phone case and clip mount, along with lens caps and pouches, to safely store them when not in use.
The price may be a bit high, but these lenses deliver DSLR-like results.
- Comes with four high-quality lenses
- Results in DSLR-quality photos
- Provides compatible protective phone case
- Includes lens caps and storage pouches
- Very expensive
Best for Pros
Best of the best
The Sandmarc Pro Edition Kit comes with a protective case to clip the DSLR-quality lenses on, but it is not cheap.
Best for Convenience: Zytlus Designer Revolver M Series Camera Kit
If you want convenience, nothing quite beats the Zytlus Designer Revolver M Series Camera Kit.
With this kit, you get a stylish case that has a magnetic connection attachment area on the back of the case. Just insert the revolver lens here, and you have just added three sets of dual lenses to your iPhone. Just flip them out of the disc and align them up with your cameras, then shoot away!
The revolver includes the following combinations: Wide Angle/Telephoto, Macro/Super Macro, and Fisheye/Telephoto. It's super easy to get to the lens you want, and all it takes is a flip. The case itself features several different designs that are sure to catch someone's eye, and the metal plate for the lenses match the design perfectly.
It's important to note that this case is only available for the iPhone 7/8, iPhone 7/8 Plus, X/XS, XS Max, and XR.
- Unique style
- Very convenient mechanism
- Gives you six different lens options
- Case gives you protection
- Ready to go in seconds
- You're stuck with the case
Best for Convenience
Style and convenience
These uniquely designed cases have a magnetic attachment on the back, allowing you to flip a lens out to cover your camera, ready-to-go.
Best Ease of Use: CAMKIX Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control Lens Kit
If you often like to take selfies or record video for a vlog, then you'll realize that sometimes it's a lot harder than it should be with a phone. That's not the case with CAMKIX's Shutter Remote Control Lens Kit.
This kit includes five lenses: telephoto, circular polarized lens (CPL), fisheye, macro, and wide-angle lenses. They attach to your iPhone via the universal clamp, and there is also a wireless remote control that you can control with Bluetooth to snap a photo or record video. This Bluetooth remote has a wireless range of 30 feet (10 meters), so it will help you capture the best views with the included lens attachments.
When you aren't actively using it, the lens kit stores away in a convenient carrying case that also includes a carabiner for easy travel. There is also a lanyard and wrist strap.
- Includes the essential lenses and universal clamp
- Has a wireless Bluetooth shutter remote control
- Affordable price
- Convenient storage and travel case
- Comes with lanyard and wrist strap
- Quality may not be the best
Best Ease of Use
This kit includes all of the basic lenses that you would need: telephoto, CPL, fisheye, macro, and wide-angle lenses. It uses a universal clamp, so it works with pretty much any device, and the storage case has a carabiner for easy travel. Plus, the Bluetooth wireless shutter remote is convenient for getting the perfect photo or video.
Best Value: Hitcase TrueLUX Lens Bundle
For those looking for a high-quality lens bundle without breaking the bank too much, then HitCase's TrueLUX Lens Bundle is the one to pick up. When you combine it with the company's highly affordable OneClip ($15), you have a super universal lens kit that works on pretty much anything, including your iPhone.
The TrueLUX Lens Bundle includes a SuperWide, Wide, and Macro lens. These work wonderfully with Hitcase brand phone cases, or you can just pick up the OneClip, which these lenses twist into. The lenses themselves feature multiple spherical lens elements that ensure you're getting crisp images with no distortion and excellent detail throughout the entire field of view (FOV).
The SuperWide delivers with a 148-degree diagonal FOV in photo mode and 121-degree diagonal FOV in video mode. Wide has 120-degree diagonal FOV in photo mode and 98.6 degrees (diagonal) or 86.1 degrees (horizontal) FOV in video mode. The Macro lens has a focus distance of 12-22mm as it offers 3x the magnification of the standard camera lens.
When you combine the TrueLUX Lens Bundle with the OneClip, you'll be able to use these lenses with your iPhone, case or no case, and with or without a screen protector. The OneClip also works with pretty much any other smartphone, tablet, and laptop.
- Wide compatibility range with OneClip
- Includes the three essential lenses
- Lightweight and weatherproof
- Includes protective caps and carrying case
- High-quality lenses offer amazing clarity
- Requires OneClip accessory or compatible Hitcase case
This bundle includes SuperWide, Wide, and Macro lenses from Hitcase. However, you need the Hitcase OneClip or compatible case.
Olloclip is a brand that is well-known for iPhone photography, so that's why we still think that the MultiClip Filmer's Kit Plus is the best one, despite the somewhat high price tag. The kit includes all of the lenses you would possibly need, though you can swap them out with any of Olloclip's other lenses if desired. The Pivot mobile grip makes it easy to get a better view in your photo or video, and the storage case fits everything perfectly in the custom mold.
For those concerned about compatibility, these lenses work with a wide variety of devices, cases (as long as it isn't too thick), tablets, and laptops, even if you have a screen protector. And if you absolutely need a case on your phone, it works with the Olloclip's own phone cases too.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Christine Romero-Chan is an avid iPhone photographer and is always seeking out the perfect photo to capture with her iPhone. She knows what's good in terms of iPhone photography accessories.
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