Apple’s iPhone has topped Flickr’s list of the top mobile cameras for years, with Apple even surpassing Nikon to be the number 2 camera brand on the service earlier this year. Smartphone photography is booming and there has been no shortage of accessories to help users take even better pictures, and one of the latest entries in this category is the ExoLens system.
Apple came to us two years ago looking for a higher end lens system for their upcoming devices” says John Willenborg, CEO at ExoLens. “The goal was to engineer something that reflected the quality and precision of the iPhone 6 with the power of a mini DSLR.”
The ExoLens system comprises two lenses — a 3x telephoto lens and a 165º wide angle lens — that screw into a machined aluminum bracket that slides onto an iPhone. The bracket has an integrated 1/4″-20 tripod mount, which will also work with some selfie sticks/monopods. Also included are lens caps, a lens hood for the telephoto lens, and a microfiber carrying pouch. ExoLens officially launches today for the iPhone 6 with a retail price of $129.95, with a model for the iPhone 6 Plus planned for release in May.
The bracket is made of machined aluminum. The telephoto lens has a focal length of 90 mm and measures 37 mm x 24 mm and weighs 40 grams. The wide angle lens measures 37mm x 16mm and weighs 30 grams. The bracket and lenses feel solid and precisely made. The bracket is a darker gray than the space gray iPhone and is very light, weighing in at 25 grams.