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Best iPhone Lenses of 2020

Chances are that you bought an iPhone partially because you either heard or saw how good the photos were that it took. There’s a good reason why Apple invests millions in its gigantic iPhone photography campaigns.

Now while the iPhone camera might have one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, you can buy third party accessories like Lens Kits, Lens Attachments and Lens Clips to up your iPhoneography game.

We’ve had a look at a whole bunch of iPhone Macro Lenses, wide angle and fisheye lenses and yes – even telephoto lenses and made a list of our recommendations.

Before you buy: How to pick the best iPhone lens

If theres one thing worth remembering it’s that not everything is what it seems. DSRLs and Professional DSLR Lenses are expensive for a reason. While the marketing photos for various iPhone lens kits might make it seem like you’ll be able to take the same quality photo as with a $3000 telephoto lens, chances are you wont.

Now that doesn’t mean that a macro iPhone lens or wide angle lens won’t do a good job – in fact they can take great photos – but its just important to have the right expectations.

1) When buying an iPhone lens kit or attachment, its worth remembering the following points: Telephoto lenses on your smartphone have a high chance of producing terrible photos and videos. Have you ever maxed out the zoom on your smartphone camera and then tried to take a steady photo? It’s nearly impossible right? Well, the same principle applies to telephoto lenses. They are super sensitive to shakes and vibrations. Here’s a pro tip: Use a tripod if you want to take a photo with a telephoto lens attachment.

2) Your image quality won’t improve when using a lens attachment on your smartphone. As you are attaching a lens over the rear camera – the all important lens and sensor combo isn’t being improved upon. What you might see is that the sharpness might have a slight increase in the center of your photo, but the trade off is almost always a drop in sharpness in the corners. Lens attachments also bring with them a whole host of interesting (but not always welcome) issues such as distortion, purple outlines around subjects, and shadowing in the corners of your photo.

3) Theres a very high chance that your smartphone flash will be blocked by a lens attachment, rendering it somewhat useless.

4) Majority of iPhone lens attachments wont fit on your camera if you’re using a case, so you’ll be forced to take off your iPhone case every time you want to use your lens kit. The only exception here are dedicated lens kits that come with their own smartphone case.

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Best iPhone lenses shortlist

Moment 18mm Lens Best Overall Lens

The priciest iPhone Lens on the list, but also the best
$119.99 AMAZON

Moment Tele 58mm Lens Best Telephoto Lens

Like the Moment 18mm, the 58mm Tele Lens is simply the best quality lens on the market
$119.99 AMAZON

Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4 Best Clip-On Lens

Great glass optics at an affordable price
$48.75 AMAZON

Ztylus Revolver M Series Lens Kit Best Variety

6 Lenses for the price of one
$49.95 AMAZON

Criacr Amir 3-in-1 Photo Lens Kit Best Budget Lens

The best pick if you're on a budget
$18.99 AMAZON
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A closer look at the best iPhone lenses

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Best Overall iPhone Lens

Moment 18mm Lens

Moment 18mm Lens

$119.99
Pros:
– Fantastic Quality Glass
– Can be used with Dual Lens Cameras
– Excellent manufacturing quality
Cons:
– Expensive
– Requires an extra Phone case thats not included in the price

Moment makes the best iPhone lenses on the market, no questions asked. They’re so good in fact that they’ve managed to get two entires in our best iPhone lens list. Good optical glass has its price, and Moments lenses aren’t cheap, but if you can afford it and are serious, the best lens that you can buy for your iPhone is the Moment 18mm. It delivers crisp and clear photos without any distortion at the edges. As with all Moment lenses, you will need to buy a dedicated Moment Phone Case for $29

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Best Telephoto Lens

Moment 58mm Lens

Moment 58mm Lens

$119.99
Pros:
– Fantastic Quality Glass
– Can be used with Dual Lens Cameras
– Excellent manufacturing quality
Cons:
– Expensive
– Requires an extra Phone case thats not included in the price

The Moment 58mm Telephoto Lens for the iPhone shares the same pro and cons as the 18mm version. It has the same fantastic glass and manufacturing quality while giving your phone camera 2x the zoom power while letting you take photos that are sharper than any other telephoto iPhone lens on the market. Sadly, the price is just as steep as the 18mm version.

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Best Clip-On iPhone Lens

Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4

Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4

$48.75
Pros:
– No extra case required
– Good quality glass
Cons:
– Slightly fidgety to place on correctly
– Sensitive to bumps

If you’re not quite ready to drop over $100 for a lens and case from Moment, but still want some quality glass – then you cant go wrong with the Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4. It slips on easily over your iPhone thanks to its clip, but can be somewhat fidgety to place correctly over the camera lens. It features minor distortions on the edges, but to such a degree that most people will never notice.

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Best for Variety iPhone Lens

Ztylus Revolver M Series Lens Kit

Ztylus Revolver M Series Lens Kit

$49.95
Pros:
– Comes with 6 Lenses
– Case included in price
Cons:
– Plastic Lenses

The name is a bit of a tongue twister, but the Ztylus Revolver M Series Lens Kit offers a great value package. The circular disk attaches via magnet to the Ztylus case. You can rotate the disc and easily slot each lens duo over your camera, allowing you to take photos with a wide-angle/telephoto, a macro/super-macro, and a fish-eye/telephoto lens. Plastic lenses can’t match the quality of glass lenses, but they get the job done.

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Best Budget iPhone Lens

Criacr Amir 3-in-1 Photo Lens Kit

Criacr Amir 3-in-1 Photo Lens Kit

$18.99
Pros:
– 3 Lenses for under $19
– Case included in price
Cons:
– Plastic Lenses
– Slightly fidgety to place on correctly
– Sensitive to bumps

Looking for some cheap iPhone lenses to have some fun with? The Criacr Amir 3-in-1 Photo Lens Kit is a great choice. The iPhone lens kit includes a 0.4x wide-angle lens, a 10x macro lens and a 180-degree fish-eye lens which all do a decent job. Of course the lenses are made of plastic and they are slightly prone to distortions and darkened edges. Regardless, they’re a fun little kit for a great price.

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FAQ

What is the best iPhone lens?

Our pick for the best iPhone lens is the Moment 18mm Lens. It’s made of high quality Japanese optical glass and aluminium and provides sharp and crisp photos

Is a telephoto lens on iPhone worth it?

Depending on what you are planning on Photographing, a telephoto lens on your iPhone can be an excellent accessory – especially if you want 2x the zoom power.

Do iPhone lenses really work?

Yes – but as with everything in life, the more you pay the more you get. If you pay for a glass lens kit for your iPhone you will get premium results. Cheaper lenses tend to distort, fog and warp images.

Do iPhone lenses improve picture quality?

It all depends on your definition of improve. The image quality of your iPhone wont be enhanced because of an iPhone Lens kit, but you will get more zoom power, wider angle photos and some nice filter effects if you use a lens on your iPhone.

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