Review: Everything a Smartphone Videographer Needs in One Kit

I've been using and recommending the Olloclip lenses for years, but its latest kit is a welcome enhancement. Olloclip was the first to offer smartphone add-on lenses including Fisheye, Macro, Super-Wide, Telephoto, and Ultra-Wide. Olloclip's new offering is the Filmer's Kit ($199.99) which includes all of those lenses, plus a really cool next-generation selfie stick, uses the Olloclip Connect Lens System to clamp on to an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, or 8 Plus. What's more, the kit is packaged in a form-fitting zippered ballistic nylon case courtesy of Incase.

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That next-gen selfie stick is also sold separately, for $49.99, under the name Pivot, and includes an adjustable clamp as well as a GoPro-compatible action mount, both of which unscrew to reveal a standard tripod mount. What sets the Pivot apart is the ergonomically designed handle, with a pivoting design and finger grip, all of which should make it easier to take longer videos without getting tired. The only downside to the Filmer's Kit is using it requires an Olloclip case or a naked iPhone.

Pros

  • Clever next-gen selfie stick
  • Assorted lenses
  • Connect Lens System
  • Compact carrying case by Incase
  • Universal clamp

Cons

  • Needs naked iPhone or one of Olloclip's custom cases
  • Pricey

Final Verdict

If you want to get creative with your iPhone photos and videos, the Filmer's Kit from Olloclip is the complete package. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.