Monday, 23 April 2012

Tanla 12x Telephoto lens for iPhone 4 & 4S

First up it should be noted that this is a telephoto lens and not a Zoom lens. So it won't allow a great deal of flexibility in terms of photography. For example you won't be able to compose a shot with 'a bit more sky' or 'zooming in a bit closer' on the subject. After breaking my way into the ghastly moulded packaging, I first took out the beautifully machined lens. This is very weighty and high quality. In terms of optics, it's good, for the price it is. It's clearly not intended to be in competition with high end lens manufacturers, but overall the clarity is perfectly acceptable. It has a twist to focus function that works well (although it does confuse the iphone auto focus a little). It comes with all of the attachments you would need. But with the exception of the lens caps, the rest of the contents really lets the package down. Firstly the tripod. It's a mini tripod, with a normal screw for attaching to the bottom of a camera. For any keen photographer who's needed a tripod abroad and been forced into a cheap camera shop, even though you may only have parted with a fistful of Euros, this tripod is the same sort of quality. It's really pretty bad. The iphone case is fair quality, but the thread (along with the rest of the case) is made of soft plastic. A bit of ham fisted attaching and I don't think it would be long before attaching the lens to the case would become a problem. However, this may not be a bad thing as on it's own, the little lens is far more impressive when held up to your eye. We spent much longer spying on the people across the road and reading car registration plates of passing cars through the 'telescope' than we did trying to achieve acceptable results with the iPhone. In a nutshell it does what it says on the tin. Quite who would have a need for this, I'm less sure. Peeping toms perhaps who live a set distance from the point they're trying to observe, I guess then it would be worth it? Or perhaps, birdwatchers who have feeders outside their back windows and no other means of photographing them? Perfect.   Dad!

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