I have owned Photojojo’s magnetic cell phone lenses for quite some time now, and I regularly use them with my iPhone 5. After some experimentation this weekend, I learned that they also work well with the iPad mini, giving iPad mini owners a way to take fun fisheye, macro, and telephoto pictures.
To be honest, I’ve never used my full-sized iPad for photography unless it was the only device on hand. It’s much too heavy to carry around, and its size prevents it from being toted easily in a purse. That’s not the case with the iPad mini, however. The mini fits easily in a purse or even most pockets, it’s light, and it takes decent photos, so a set of extra lenses might be a worthwhile investment. I’ve used it more than a few times to snap photos.
Photojojo’s lenses are crafted out of solid aluminum and they use a set of adhesive metal rings to stick to your iPad. The metal rings have a sticky back, so fit one around the camera hole of your mini and the lenses can then stick right on.
By the way, if you do happen to use your full sized iPad for taking photos, you should know that these lenses fit that camera as well. Photojojo ships its lenses with enough metal rings to fit on all of your devices, so if you have an iPad and an iPhone, you can use the lenses interchangeably.
There are three different magnetic lenses, all of which have a unique function. The telephoto lens allows you to get 2x closer to subjects, which is handy when you want to capture a faraway object or get a closeup.
The wide angle lens serves two functions. It lets you get better landscape photos, but it also serves as a macro lens (just screw off the top), and one of the best that I’ve had the pleasure of using. Macro photography makes for some of my favorite iDevice photos, and this lens takes great shots.
Finally, the fisheye lens lets you take distorted photos, which works great for both landscapes and portraits. The fisheye lens is probably my favorite to work with, just because of the unique look. The fisheye lens is actually an ultra wide angle, so you can get a whole lot more in a shot.
These fun lenses can be purchased for $20-$25 each, but the better deal is the full set, which you can grab for $49 on the Photojojo website. It’s quite expensive for an iDevice accessory, but these are well worth the cost if you want to improve your photo taking.
Make sure to tune into PadGadget Photobooth next week for even more iPad photography news and tips!