Standard iPhone Lens vs. Wide Angle Lens for iPhone

I’ve been making YouTube videos since January and I’ve decided I’d like to step up my game a little.  Unfortunately I’m not in a position to spent a few thousand dollars on professional video and photography equipment, so I decided to give something else a try.

Currently, every video I’ve posted has been shot on my iPhone 6 and edited in iMovie, Apple’s fee video editing software.  I think the quality is pretty decent considering my experience level with making videos but it could always be better.  The standard camera on the iPhone is pretty good but it has its limits.  Particularly when it comes to the options available by different lenses that can be purchased for DSLR cameras.  So, I found some lenses that will work on my iPhone.  I purchased this set on Amazon.

610U4vnLQ7L._SL1000_ It comes with a wide angle/macro lens and a fish eye lens.  I have no idea what the fish eye lens does but I’ll play around with it and see if it’s something I can use.  Either way the price was right for the set so I decided to give it a try.

The video above shows two different clips.  One using the iPhone’s standard camera lens and another using the clip-on wide angle lens.  They were both shot from the same angle in my shop from the same distance away from the subject.  Originally I thought that I’d use the wide angle lens all the time, as I do with the standard lens on my iPhone.  I just use the same settings all the time on the iPhone.  Probably because there are no additional settings.  After viewing the clips side by side I now think that the wide angle lens will be something that I’d use for specific shots.  Definitely for shots that will require a larger view of my shop when I’m working on larger pieces.  Plus using the different lenses for different shots will add some variation to my videos.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.  Have you tried these clip-on lenses before?  When should a wide angle lens be used compared to a normal or standard lens?

Thanks for reading!

2 Replies to “Standard iPhone Lens vs. Wide Angle Lens for iPhone”

  1. hmm, I didn’t even know these were a thing. Might look into it myself now, the price certainly seems right. I shoot on a Samsung S4, but always find myself compromising between ‘up close with half the subject in frame’ or ‘full subject from far away’.

    1. Yeah I was doing the exact same thing. It seems to work pretty well. Certainly well enough to not buy a new camera at this point. Maybe some day though. Thanks for checking out my post!

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