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Make no mistake - I love my Nikon D850 and wouldn't trade it for the world.
But I'll be the first to admit that it's not the most practical everyday camera.
Instead, I use my iPhone X for day-to-day shooting.
That's the case now more than ever since I started using SANDMARC iPhone lenses.
In short, these things turn my already excellent iPhone X camera into a DSLR killer. Here's why...
These iPhone Camera Lenses Have Top-Quality Construction
What strikes you when you use many iPhone camera lenses is that they look and feel cheap.
More importantly, their performance is indicative of their cheap build quality.
But that's simply not the case with my SANDMARC lenses...
These lenses have premium multi-coated optics, which helps reduce ghosting, flare, and other aberrations. The precision-engineered glass and multi-element construction produces clear, sharp results that you'd expect from a DSLR setup.
What's more, the lens housing itself is finely crafted and makes solid contact with my phone whether I'm using the lenses in clip-on form or mounted to the ultra-thin case mount.
That means that you not only get improved image quality, but you also get lenses that are built solid as a rock to withstand everyday use. That's a great combination!
SANDMARC iPhone Lenses are Easy to Use
As I mentioned, you can use these lenses in two ways - either as a clip-on or mounted to an ultra-thin case mount.
That makes these lenses incredibly easy to use to get the shots I want.
I find myself using them as clip-ons when I'm in a situation that warrants faster shooting.
Then, when I have more time on my hands, I screw the lenses into the case (which is the thinnest case mount in the world, by the way...).
Whichever method of use suits you the best, you know that you'll get the premium quality performance that the best iPhone lenses have to offer.
Smartphone Lenses Should Offer Variety
Another feature that I appreciate about my iPhone camera lenses is that there's so much variety.
I shoot landscapes most often, so I find myself using my SANDMARC wide-angle lens more than anything.
It gives you a 2x angle of view for getting more of the landscape into the shot, and with an effective focal length of 16mm, you can incorporate a lot of scenery into one image, as shown above.
My Photography Edition Kit also includes a fisheye lens and a macro lens.
The fisheye offers 0.2x magnification at 10mm and the macro lens offers 10x magnification at 25mm.
I love how both lenses challenge me to find new ways of creating photos. As I said, I love landscapes, so having these little lenses readily available is a nice change of pace for my photography.
What's more, having that variety of focal lengths makes my iPhone more like a DSLR and less like a smartphone.
Without being bound by the limitations of the native iPhone camera lenses, I can be far more creative with far more types of subject matter.
You Can Get Filters for your iPhone Camera Lenses, Too
In addition to my SANDMARC lenses, I also have a couple of filters from these guys that just completes the package.
Just like with my DSLR, I now have a drama polarizing filter and a set of ND filters for my phone. How cool is that?
The drama polarizing filter gives your photos much more dynamic range, which helps the sky pop with whiter and brighter clouds and a deeper blue color in the atmosphere, as shown below.
Photo by @dzzdzz012. "After" photo shot with SANDMARC Drama Filter & iPhone. (Unedited)
And like any good ND filter will do, my SANDMARC Scape ND filters prevent blown out highlights by bringing them down to a level that my iPhone camera can handle.
With their light-blocking power, these ND filters allow me to use a longer shutter speed to get beautiful blurry effects as shown below.
Photo by @itskcho. Shot using SANDMARC Scape Filter & iPhone 6S Plus. (Unedited)
Just like the variety of lenses helps me to be a more creative photographer, so too do these awesome iPhone lens filters.
It's crazy to think that when I got my first smartphone back in the day that ten years later I'd be writing about how you can buy lenses and filters for your DSLR-killing smartphone camera.
Yet, here we are, living in the future in which you can outfit your phone to be a really solid DSLR killing machine.