One of the things we are asked often is ”how can I take great photos with my cellphone?” This is super understandable. Everybody has a cellphone, and not everybody is willing or able to spend $500+ for camera and decent lens, especially when they aren’t sure how interested they are in photography long term. And even if you have a camera, you probably don’t carry it everywhere with you, but most people always have their phones. What if you see something great and you want to take a picture with your in-phone camera?
Part of the fun with mirrorless and DSLR cameras is that you can change lenses to fit the kind of photography you want to do. I am a portrait photographer, so I naturally gravitate towards 50mm and up so that I won’t have as much distortion on my subject. However, if you like landscapes, you might want 35mm or lower to capture more scenery. I know with new iPhones there is an option to use telephoto with artificial bokeh (that nice blurry look) in the background, but it looks slightly fake at least to me.
If you are in the market for a new camera but cannot commit to spending $500 or don’t want to carry one more thing in your everyday bag, I have good news for you.
I recently had the pleasure to work with Sandmarc. They make interchangeable lenses for cell phone cameras with all different focal lengths. I honestly didn’t know what to expect out of this lens - I had heard to lenses for phones but was skeptical that they could deliver. I’m happy to say I was blown away by the results of this lens. The one they kindly let me try was their telephoto lens. They claim that this lens will turn the iPhone camera - which is 26mm or so - into a 60mm focal length (more like what I would use for professional shoots).