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10 Best iPhone Lens That Make iPhone Photography More Awesome

10 Best iPhone Lens That Make iPhone Photography More Awesome

Clicking and sharing photos is simple, fast, and fun with the iPhone. However, no matter how good iPhone’s built-in camera is, it doesn’t come close to a high-end professional camera. Thankfully, there are some brilliant camera and photo-editing apps that will help you extend the functionality of your iPhone.

How would you like to take high-resolution images or zoom in on a distant object to grab a great photo? Would you like to make the iPhone camera as good as your DSLR? Tough luck. There’s no apps for that.

However, you do have an option: invest in an iPhone camera or a lens kit to turn your smartphone into a powerful, all-purpose camera. Sure, they make your iPhone look a little funny, but they also make the pictures look awesome.

Here is our list of the ten best iPhone Lens:

1. VicTsing Detachable Red Fisheye Lens ($8.89)

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VicTsing Detachable Red Fisheye Lens

    This is a simple lens that attaches to your iPhone through a basic cord. It has a 180-degree fisheye lens. You can capture small objects in detail using this iPhone lens. If you are wondering whether it would be convenient to take pictures after attaching lenses to your iPhone, you can start out with this low-price option. Also, this is one of the few options that provide fisheye lens, which is handy to keep in your arsenal.

    2. Neewer 12.5X Magnifier Zoom Lens ($24.45)

    Neewer 12.5X Magnifier Zoom Lens

      If you are simply looking for a zoom lens to take pictures of distant objects, this product is great. It facilitates micro focus adjustments, making it less likely for images to appear contorted. On the downside, it doesn’t include a tripod or other accessories.

      3. Dot for iPhone ($39-49)

      Dot for iPhone

        Dot is a combination of app and hardware that makes the task of taking and sharing panoramas easy. For photographers who are really into 360-degree pictures, this is a must-have app. Additionally, Dot is easy to affix to the iPhone, and has an attractive design. The negative is in the quality of the lens, which isn’t as capable of high quality images as some other options listed here.

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        4. Photojojo Lenses ($20-99)

        Photojo iPhone Lens

          The Photojojo Lens Set includes five different lenses: fisheye, super fisheye, wide & macro, polarizer, and telephoto. You can try out any one, or all of them. A simple adhesive removable metal ring sticks to the phone, and you can attach any of the lenses to it, magnetically. With Photojojo’s easy design, you can turn your iPhone into a professional camera in seconds. On the flip side, these are only simple lenses for decent prices, but nothing extra.

          5. Phocus 3 Lens Bundle ($129.95)

          Phocus 3 Lens Bundle

            This bundle comes with three lenses: telephoto, wide angle, and macro. It also includes a carrying case that ensures easy access to all buttons and ports. The best thing about this bundle is the design: it fits snugly in the hand and makes the process of taking photos using the iPhone less cumbersome. The only problem is that it doesn’t ship with a fisheye lens. This means that you may have to buy it separately in future.

            6. PhoGo Case Kit, Lens and Sunhood ($79.95)

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            PhoGo Case Kit, Lens and Sunhood

              If your aim is to turn your iPhone into a complete camera, this bundle has it all: a good sun hood for better screen visibility, and three high quality lenses. The best part is that it is compatible with different brands of lenses and tripods. The downside is its bulkiness. It’s not the best choice if you are simply looking for some clip-on lens.

              7. MCamLite ($129.95)

              MCamLite iPhone Lens

                With its 37mm wide angle/macro lens, MCamLite truly extends the functionality of your iPhone camera. Its interchangeable lenses make the task of shooting awesome photos easier. The steep price may be a negative for some, but the benefits outweigh.

                8. PentaEye f – Pro ($178-$268)

                PentaEye f – Pro

                  For professional iPhoneographers who want to replace their camera equipment with their iPhone, this is one of the simplest options. As the name suggests, it contains a lens dial with a mount for 5 lenses. It also ships with 2 tripod mounts and 3 strap holders. The lens quality is good, and makes the phone look like a sci-fi camera. There’s just one little problem: it makes the iPhone a little heavy and is quite a handful to carry.

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                  9. Olloclip Lens ($69)

                  Olloclip Lens

                    The great thing about the iPhone is that you can simply put it in your pocket. If you have to carry around lots of lenses, it means that you need more space, and you may need to carry a bag. With Olloclip, you can even put the lenses in your pocket: all the lenses are built into one product. If you plan to use your iPhone as an enhanced point-and-shoot camera, Olloclip is ideal. The only potential problem is that there’s no support for tripods or other accessories.

                    10. Scheneider iPro Lens ($229)

                    Scheneider iPro Lens

                      This kit includes high-quality lenses that shoot stunning pictures and are not easily damaged. The three lenses are well designed and include tele, super, and wide lens. There’s a handle that can be affixed to any side of the case. The handle doubles as a tripod mount. The only downside is that it doesn’t have fisheye iPhone lens, and will burn a hole in your pocket.

                      In Summary

                      Whether you want just one lens for better zoom, or want a barrage of lenses that (almost) turn your iPhone into a DSLR, there are more than enough options in the market. These lenses are the perfect investment for serious iPhone photographers, and people who just love to extend the functionality of their mobile, alike.

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                      Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                      Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                      In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                      1. ScheduleOnce

                        ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                        ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                        ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                        Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                        Available on Web

                        2. Calendly

                          Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                          You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                          Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                          3. Assistant.to

                            For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                            From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                            While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                            Available on Web

                            4. Acuityscheduling

                              Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                              It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                              5. Pick

                                Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                Available on Web

                                6. X.ai

                                  For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                  This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                  Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                  Available on Web

                                  7. YouCanBook.me

                                    is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                    They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                    Available on Web

                                    8. Doodle

                                      Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                      It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                      You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                      While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                      9. WhenAvailable

                                        WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                        Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                        Available on Web

                                        10. Rally

                                          Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                          Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                          Available on Web

                                          11. NeedtoMeet

                                            Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                            NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                            While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                            Available on Web

                                            Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                            In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                            To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                            Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                            A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                            Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                            If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                            Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                            With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                            Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                            Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                            Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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