Product Review: HD 360X Zoom and Macro and Fish Eye Lenses. HD 360x 2105 Foothill Blvd. Suite B123. La Verne, CA 91750.
In my work with the wildlife control industry, I take a fair number of photos related to wildlife damage, sign, and wildlife control techniques. It seems I never have enough photos as I am missing the needed angle or subject. But carrying around my bulky camera bag is a tedious. So, I have really appreciated the convenience of taking pictures with my iPhone (6s). I grant you that other cell phones have better capabilities (such as Droids and the iPhone 7), but for many shots, it has fit the bill quite nicely.
But is there is a way to get more capabilities without adding a lot of bulk? I recently saw a Facebook ad for add-on telephoto lenses. The ad had a comment by a photographer who said the lens let him leave his digital camera behind. I wanted to see for myself. I purchased the HD360x Zoom (8x magnification), the fish eye lens and the macro lens. Keep in mind that the lenses are only designed for single lens cell phones. They won’t work with phones that use two lenses, such as the iPhone 7 and comparable non-Apple phones.
All the lenses screw onto a clip that pressure fastens to your phone with a clothespin-like clip. Affixing the lenses is easy. The problem was lining up the lenses to the lens of the phone. The telephoto lens was particularly difficult for me. I should also point out that if you protect your phone with a cover such as an Otter Box, you have to remove it for these devices to work.
Readers should keep in mind that my review is based on initial use of these products. My opinion could change with more practice and experience with the lenses. Nevertheless, I think initial impressions are important. So here they are.
Zoom Lens. It did bring the target significantly closer to me. But I was not impressed with the clarity of the photo. I need photos that are crisp and my initial experience didn’t provide that.
Macro Lens. This lens is designed to let you take close up shots of small objects. I tried it on a box of colored pencils and my desk. When I compared the photos to just using the camera lens by itself, I didn’t see any difference significant enough in either clarity of magnification to justify using the macro lens.
Fish Eye Lens. This lens lets you expand the field of vision taken by the photo. This lens did fulfill its promise as it definitely added a few more degrees to the camera’s field of vision. Now whether the fish eye beats using the panoramic setting on the camera is a separate question.
Cost. I paid $56.00 for the all three lenses including shipping.
Should you buy a set? I would say not this brand. At least not until I can figure out how to make it work better. Is there another brand that would work better? Maybe. If you have ideas. I am all ears.Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications along with several books (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.