() I only take photos for iNaturalist with my Samsung Galaxy A01 (not one of the newest) and binoculars. But I also like macro photography and i was thinking that i could buy some clip-on lenses. I’m specially interested in the telephoto and macro lenses.
Are they worth buying considering my smartphone, which doesn’t have great image quality very close or very far away?
The closest i can get to an animal is this (not cropped).
And furthest i can zoom in without distortion is this (no binoculars used and not cropped)
I have used many clip on macro lenses! The only reason for using many is because I LOSE them!!!
And because of this I tend to use very moderately priced ones.
In fact, Mother Nature just returned one I lost a couple of years ago. It was in the backyard garden, with rootlets growing through its bag.
I recommend choosing something you can afford to lose… and then it’s practice, practice, practice!
I have tried “clip on telephoto lenses” for my iPhone and do not like them at all! They are bulky, heavy (even with 100%plastic lenses) and the ones I tried weren’t easy to use at all.
You cannot macro lenses for animals, they will flee. You can try almost any clipon-lens. As far as I understood they are universal and can be used on any phone. Maybe you can look around and find a shop where you can try them before you buy it. Or try a cheap ones, around a few dollar, first before you buy an expensive one.
Well, you see that I was gonna buy these lenses, so i contacted the seller, but told me that they’re not compatible with my phone (Samsung Galaxy A01), but as far as i know they work perfectly with any phone that has the camera not further than 2,2cm from the edge. I don’t know what to do now.
These are probably the cheapest lenses in my country.
I’ve photographed many small animals with a clip-on lens. Yes, they often flee, but in the right conditions you can photograph them. Just takes some patience and realizing that it’s not 100% successful.