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The Best Basic Lenses for iPhone and iPad: Wide-Angle and Zoom

by Nick Mattingly
May 23, 2016

Here are some basic lenses that can make a big difference in your video productions.

Although the use of camera lenses is not strictly required, they can improve the quality of your videos when you use them for the appropriate situations. For example, a zoom lens can be used to get closer to your subject, or you can use a wide angle lens to get more in the frame without repositioning your tripod. Here are a few recommendations for lenses and some possible applications for using them.

Wide Angle Lenses


Your iOS device already has a decent piece of built-in camera glass capable of create a nice Field of View (FOV). This characteristic of a camera lens tells us just how wide the images will be. A narrow FOV is obtained using a zoom lens. However, by changing the focal length of an image using a wide angle lens, you can increase the FOV to capture a wider perspective. These lenses are good for filming interviews or in situations where you don't have a lot of space. Using a wide lens opens up your shot to make your video seem less cramped. You can get one of these lenses from iOgrapher to use with one of their iOS tripod mounts.

Zoom Lenses (Telephoto)


Zoom lenses are useful when you need to capture a close up shot of your subject, but you can't be physically near the subject. An example of this situation would be a public speaking event or an athletic event where you can't be on the stage or field with the action you are trying to shoot. With an optical zoom lens, your camera will capture an image that is far away without pixilation that occurs with digital zoom. iOgrapher has a 2x Telephoto Lens at a bargain price.

These two basic lenses can prove useful in the situations outlined above and ultimately help improve the quality of your video. You can save 10% on your purchase of lenses or other camera equipment from iOgrpaher by using the code "SWITCHER" at checkout. If you want to go even bigger with your lens collection, you can use an SLR lenses with Switcher Studio. Just follow the steps in this tutorial to get started with professional lenses and Switcher Studio Pro:

Can I use my DSLR lens? How do I flip the image? 


About the Author

Nick Mattingly

Nick is a livestreaming and social video expert and leads the Switcher Studio team as CEO and co-founder. Since 2014, he has led the company to partnerships with Facebook Live, LinkedIn, Microsoft Stream, and beyond and has garnered features in TechCrunch, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, and BBC. Nick is also a member of the highly competitive Endeavor Entrepreneur network.

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