Android Photography 102: External lenses, tripods and cleaners

Continuing the lesson on smartphone photography, in the last article we covered basic tips and tricks, such as the Rule of Thirds, and Android apps that are great at post-processing. In this article, we’ll list some great mobile photography equipment to use, like lenses, tripods and more.

Lenses

Olloclip: Olloclip mostly caters to iPhone users, but does offer external lenses for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5. The lens is a 4-in-1 solution, with 1 Macro x10, 1 Macro x15, 1 Fisheye and 1 Wide Angle lens. SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 4-IN-1 LENS – $69.99


Aukey: Aukey is an affordable lens system that works for iPhones and Android phones. It’s a 3-in-1 clip-on lens with a 180-degree fisheye, 10x macro and a wide angle lens. AUKEY 3-IN-1 LENS – $14.99

Afaith: The Afaith 10-in-1 lens system is a massive photography kit that will serve all your needs. It comes with a 10-in-1 Camera Lens Kit, 8x Telephoto Telescope Lens, Fish Eye Lens, Wide Angle, Macro Lens, Selfie Stick Monopod, Bluetooth Remote Control, and Mini Tripod. This works for iPhones and Android phones, and costs only $19.99 on Amazon.

10-in-1 kit

I/O Magic: This kit is more expensive, but in photography lens quality is the most important feature. This 5-in-1 system comes with a 20mm Circular Polarizer Lens, 10mm Macro Lens & 120 Degree Wide Angle Lens in 1, 22mm Telelens (2x ~ 10x zoom on iPhone 5), 180 Degree Fisheye Lens, Carrying Case with Microfiber Cleaning Cloth. All of this costs $59.99 on Amazon.

Tripods

Acadia: This tripod comes with bendable legs so you can wrap it around poles, branches, bike handles, etc. in order to help you get the very best shot. It’s small so you can carry it anywhere, has 360-degree flexibility, works with most smartphones and small cameras, and includes a Bluetooth remote. The Acadia tripod is only $16.95.

Joby: Another flexible tripod, the Joby GorillaPod Stand comes in two sizes for small and large smartphones. It has universal phone compatibility, flexible joints that wrap around objects, and rubber foot grips for maximal stability. The GorillaPod starts at $15.99.


CamKix: This tripod is perfect for taking selfies and handheld video shoots. With the Bluetooth remote control, this tripod offers a range of 30-foot wireless capability. Big enough to be used for tablets as well as phones. The Camkix premium tripod is $17.99.

Selfie Sticks

Flexion: This monopod selfie stick is easy to use and extendable to 31.5 inches, and adjustable to 270-degrees. Comes with a Bluetooth remote and costs $14.99.

Afranker: This monopod can be extended to 90cm, with adjustable phone holder clamp and thumb screw of monopod locks for multiple angle shooting with 1180-degreeposition. Adjustable phone holder fits all phones width between 5.6-8.5 cm. Starts at $7.99.

Selfie World: This selfie stick was made with USA technology, secures phones up to 3.5 inches wide, small and compact for portability, and since Selfie World supports Sightsavers International, your purchase will go toward a charity devoted to restoring sight in children and adults in developing countries. Costs $23.95.

Lens Cleaners

XSories: This tool is useful fo cameras of all kinds, like smartphones, tablets, GoPro and more. It has a soft brush on one end and a microfiber lens cleaner on the other end. Comes with a 1-year warranty and costs only $4.99.

GreatShield: These luxury brown microfiber cleaning cloths work for glasses, screens, cameras, watches and anything else you want to clean. This is a 10-pack of cloth at $5.99.


Monoprice: For use with cleaning cloths, this universal screen cleaner is an alcohol-free liquid that cleans dirt and fingerprints from screens, cameras and more. Some screens have a special coating that can be damaged by certain cleaning solutions, but this cleaner is safe for any screen. Costs $8.21.

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