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Universal Smartphone Lenses for Avid Mobile Photographers

Take your mobile photography to the next level, check out some of the best universal smartphone lenses. They come with exclusive lenses for individual functions, such as macro lenses for close-up shots or wide angle lenses for panoramic shots.

Universal Smartphone Lenses

BY Aron Devis   June 14 2017

What is a Universal Smartphone Lens?

Smartphones have improved a lot since their humble beginnings, and so have their cameras. Your can capture impressive photos with your smartphone camera, but artificially twisting those photos to add a fish-eye, wide angle, or macro effect afterwards ruins the standard and feel. Instead of that, you can use an external, universal smartphone lens to shoot creatively with your smartphone. All you have to do is attach the lens, take aim, and start shooting mobile photography masterpieces.

Achieve award-winning photo quality with Universal Smartphone Lenses

Tangerine, one of the most magnificent films that came out in the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was shot almost entirely on an iPhone 5s. That, alone, got this film a huge amount of recognition, especially considering how good the footage looked. But the iPhone in question had a rather expensive experimental 1.33 anamorphic lens attached to it’s camera.

If you really want to take your smartphone photography to the next level, to get film-grade videos and stunningly beautiful images you need to supplement your phone camera with more than just a pinch zoom. Universal smartphone lenses can be attached to your camera with ease, they simply snap into their spots like paper clips. Once in position, they have the ability to bend the light coming into your smartphone’s camera just before it gets there, giving you either a wide angle view, an immense amount of zoom, or the ability to get extremely close to your subject without it going out of focus, creating macro shots.

The best part about universal smartphone lenses is, the competition to come up with the best product, with least expensive technology has boosted the quality way up and the costs way down.

Zoom without losing Image Quality

When you pinch to zoom with a smartphone camera, you’re using something called digital zoom. What digital zoom does is, it just crops in on whatever resolution the sensor has already captured, reducing the quality of your images as you pinch. But universal smartphone lenses comes with optical zoom, which refers to the actual motion of lens elements to bend and magnify the light before it hits your sensor.

The telephoto lenses on universal smartphone lens kits, including the telescopic and microscopic lenses, are optical boosters, ensuring the resolution of your images remain at its highest. The wide-angle lenses also maintain complete resolution, providing the best wider-shots.

Specific Uses of Universal Smartphone Lens

  • Casual smartphone shots – The sets of 3 lens kits that include a fish-eye, macro, and telephoto lens will satisfy anyone looking for a little enhancement without spending too much money.
  • Astronomical photography – The telescopic attachment is great for this or for spying on your neighbors.
  • Science classroom shots – The microscopic attachment is one of the coolest lenses, and it’s a wonderful addition for macro photos and videos.

Camkix Universal 3-in-1 Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

From $14.49
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This 3 in 1 lens kit is a pocket-sized photography powerhouse with three different lenses designed to enhance your mobile images.

Features:

  • Three great lenses in one kit – The fisheye and macro and wide angle lenses that are both screwed together for easy storage.
  • Universal lens clip.
  • High quality aluminum construction.
  • Includes a velvet carrying bag to keep your lenses clean and safe.
  • Can be used with a wide range of cell phones and mobile devices including iPhone 6, 6+, 5, 5C, 5S, 4, 3; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; iPad 2, 3, 4, Air; and many more.

Amir 3 in 1 Fisheye Lens & Macro Lens & 0.4X Super Wide Angle Lens

From $12.99
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Everyone can be a photographer with this 3 in 1 HD camera lens that can be used with a wide range of cell phones and will show you another world of cell phone photography.

Features:

  • Professional HD lenses made of high-class glass, reduces glass flare & ghosting caused by reflections.
  • Portable and detachable universal lens clip design, which can be used with a wide range of cell phone.
  • Includes 0.4X super wide angle lens and macro lens and the Fisheye lens that are attached together upon arrival. When you use the fisheye lens you shouldn’t detach the fisheye lens from the macro lens.
  • For iPhone 7, 6s, 6, 5s & most smartphones.

AUKEY Optic Lens Kit

From $11.99
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Optic iPhone lens with universal compatibility and is a versatile camera upgrade that will turn smartphone photography into a true art form.

Features:

  • Includes wide angle,  macro and fisheye lenses that adapts to a variety of photography scenarios.
  • You can easily affix the lenses with perfect alignment to any mobile device with included clips.
  • Crafted with aluminum alloy and multi-element coated glass to minimize ghosting, reflections, lens flare, and other artifacts.
  • Detachable soft rubber clip is easy to adjust and won’t leave any scratches or marks on your mobile device.
  • For Samsung, Android Smartphones.

XCSOURCE Lens Kit

From $6.99
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High clarity, portable and detachable lenses that enables you to take photo with your devices at any time.

Features:

  • 3-in-1 phone lens with180 degree fisheye, wide angle and Macro lenses.
  • Made of high-class glass.
  • For iPhone 4 4S 4G 5 5G 5S Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 S4 i9500.

TECHO Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit

From $15.99
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A 2-in-1 tiny clip-on detachable HD lens for mobile phones & digital cameras.

Features:

  • Includes a macro lens that is suitable for tiny objects and Wide angle lens that  is suitable to take picture of large ranges.
  • Newly designed universal clip can attach every 37MM Thread Digital SLR Pro Lens on your mobile. Turn your mobile into DSLR Camera easily.
  • Professional HD Lens reduces glass flare & ghosting caused by reflections.
  • Top-grade aluminum construction increases the durability of the product.
  • For iPhone 7 / 6s Plus / 6s / 5s.

VicTsing 3 in 1 Clip-On Lens Kit

From 11.99
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VicTsing 3 in 1 includes a fisheye iPhone camera lens, a 0.65X wide angle lens and a macro lens. You can use it everywhere you like and experience a funny world from your phone camera lens.

Features:

  • High Quality and Compatible With Most Devices.
  • Easy to install and remove without harming your phone.
  • Make sure the thickness of the cellphone is no more than 0.6in and the distance between camera and the edge’ of the cellphone is no more than 1.57in.
  • For iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 5, 5S, 4 and most Android Phones.

WONBSDOM Universal 12x Telescope Phone Camera Lens Kit

From $19.88
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Universal 12x telescope phone camera lens kit that turns your phone into a professional DSLR camera.

Features:

  • Novel optical design,ultra-long vision,high resolution and good color Reproduction have significantly improved the quality of pictures and 12x Telephoto lens overcomes the shortcoming of your cellphone.
  • Includes a 360 degree telescopic tripod.
  • Aluminum cased telescope lens with micro manual focus adjustment.
  • Portable and detachable.
  • For iPhone 4S 5 5S 5C 6 iTouch iPad Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 S5 S6 Note 2/3/4 HTC Nokia Sony, etc.

AUKEY Ora 0.45x 140° Wide Angle & 10x Macro Clip-on Lenses Kit

From $24.99
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This Premium Ora 2-in-1 lens kit includes a 140° Wide Angle Lens and a 10X Macro Lens. The perfect combination for capturing travel scenery, wide landscapes, detailed close-ups, and unique selfies.

Features:

  • Macro lens gets you 10X closer to your subject for extreme close-ups.
  • Wide Angle Lens opens up your field of view for breathtaking landscape photos or selfies.
  • Crafted with aluminum alloy and multi-element coated glass to minimize ghosting, reflections, lens flare, and other artifacts.
  • Detachable soft rubber clip is easy to adjust and won’t leave any scratches or marks on your mobile device.
  • For Android & iPhone smartphones.

KINGMAS 3 in 1 Universal Lens Kit

From $4.99
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A portable and detachable, easy to install and remove universal lens kit.

Features:

  • 3 in 1 lens (fisheye / wide angle / macro).
  • The monopod just make your self portrait/photography extremely convenient no matter with a digital camera, smartphone or GoPro 1 2 3 3+.

Amir 3 in 1 Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

From $21.99
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Amir updated 3 in 1 lens gives you better experience of photo shooting with cell phone.

Features:

  • 25X Macro Lens has been updated compared to the other 10X ones in the market, thus you get more details in your photos.
  • 180° of the scene can be captured by Fisheye Lens, which takes you into a stunning fantastic world.
  • 0.36X Wide Angle lens can shoot larger range of scenery.
  • Fit for iPhone 6S/6, iPad Air 2/1, iPad Mini 3/2, Samsung Galaxy Blackberry Bold Touch, Sony Xperia, Motorola, Android and any other smart phones.

Neewer 3-in-1 Clip-on Lens Kit

From $7.99
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This is a 3 in 1 clip-on detachable lens kit for mobile phones & digital cameras.

Features:

  • Macro lens for taking clear photos of small objects.
  • Wide-angle lens for larger range of scenery shooting.
  • 180 Degree supreme fisheye lens allows you to capture rounded images instead of square ones.
  • Soft Rubber Clip-On Lens Holder.
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth.
  • Compatible with iPhone 6 plus/6/5/5S/4/4S, iPad Air 2/1, iPad 4/3/2, iPad Mini 3/2/1, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge/S6/S5/S4/S3/A7/A5, Galaxy Note 4/3/2, Blackberry Bold Touch, Sony Xperia, Motorola Droid and Other Smart Phones.

olloclip 4-in-1 Lens

From $79.99
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olloclip’s 4-IN-1 Lens delivers a wealth of creative options in a compact, easy-to-use design. It features 4 advanced optic quick-change lenses that weigh in at less than an ounce.

Features:

  • Fisheye: Use the curved perspective to turn ordinary into interesting with almost 180° of vision.
  • Wide-Angle: Capture more of everything from landscape to friends with nearly double the field-of-view of iPhone’s built in camera.
  • 10x Macro: Get detail-oriented and achieve impressive magnification like a digital microscope.
  • 15x Macro: See beyond the naked eye and photograph artistic close-ups with a shallower depth-of-field.
  • For iPhone 6/6 Plus.

Amir 2 in 1 Professional HD Camera Lens Kit

From $28.99
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Manufactured with advanced lanthanide optical glass and top-grade aluminum construction for enhanced durability, this lens kit minimizes lens glare, reflection, ghosting and other artifacts for superb clarity. Giving you an experience of DSLR quality performance and capture brilliant photos.

Features:

  • Quality 0.6X Super Wide Angle Lens.
  • Enhanced 15X Macro Lens.
  • Made of aluminum alloy and with black layer circled around, adding this upgraded lens kit a much more professional high-end look.
  • Constructed with Universal Detachable Clamp Design, it can attach every 37mm Thread Digital SLR Pro Lens on your mobile.
  • Works on all popular brands and models of smartphones and tablets or anywhere you can imagine.

AUKEY Ora 2-in1 Cell Phone Camera Lenses Kit

From $29.99
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Turn smartphone photography into a true art form with this lens kit. Take shots that stand out from the crowd and don’t be limited by the fixed perspective of your smartphone camera. Experiment with different effects and fields of view.

Features:

  • Ora 2-in-1 Lens Set includes a 120° Wide Angle Lens + a 15x Macro Lens – Ideal for a variety of photography scenarios.
  • Macro Lens gets you 15x closer to your subject for extremely detailed close-ups of textures and objects.
  • Wide Angle Lens opens up your field of view for breathtaking landscape photos or wide format selfies.
  • Compatible with 52mm lens filter.

TEQSTONE 8-in-1 Clip-On Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

From $15.99
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This lens kit is perfect for taking photos in different situations. For your needs, you can change these lens freely to get the effect you want.

Features:

  • Upgraded clips.
  • Anti-scratch and non-slip lens clip made of rubber, soft, will not scratch the phone.
  • Includes Wide Angle, Fisheye Lens 180°, 2X Telephoto Lens, CPL Lens, 0.4X Super Wide Angle Lens.
  • Works on most type of mobile phone camera lenses that are not bigger than 11mm diameter.

AUKEY Ora 3x Optical Zoom Clip-on Telephoto Lens

From $25.99
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AUKEY Ora Lenses are crafted with aluminum alloy and multi-element coated glass to minimize ghosting, reflections, lens flare, and other artifacts.

Features:

  • Optic Pro 3x Telephoto Lens ideal for capturing sports events, group shots, and distant subjects 3x closer.
  • Easily affix the 3x Telephoto Lens with perfect alignment to any mobile devices with the included clip.
  • Detachable soft rubber clip is easy to adjust and won’t leave any scratches or marks on your mobile device.
  • Fits the front and back cameras of most smartphones and tablets, and even works with laptop webcams.

VICTONY Professional 2-in-1 Phone Lens Kit

From $19.99
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Take better photography and capture the instant beauty on your mobile phone with this lens kit. It’s really convenient and will not scratch or damage your mobile device.

Features:

  • The 0.45 x wide-angle largely increases your wide-angle range with 52mm Diameter lens enables you to use it with 52mm UV filter.
  • Updated 12.5x Macro Lens.
  • Easy to install and remove, detachable and portable clamps with soft rubber, guarding against bumps and scratches on your phones.
  • Clip on to all major smart phones and tablets with a single lens rear camera.

Universal Clip-on Lens

From $5.99
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These generic portable and detachable lenses can be attached to your smartphones to take photos at any time.

Features:

  • 3 in 1 Fisheye, Wide Angle, Macro Camera Lens.
  • Made of high-class glass.
  • Made of top-grade Aluminum.
  • For iPhone 5 5S 4 4S 6 Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3, Note 4/3/2, HTC, Blackberry, Bold Touch, Sony Xperia, Motorola Droid.
  • Work on most type of mobile phones that are not bigger than 13mm diameter.

VicTsing 3-in-1 Lens

From $12.99
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VicTsing iphone camera lens come with 2 special detachable design clamps and portable cloth bag for easy storage and carrying. Put a little “DSLR” into your pocket, the memory of your world can be shared to everyone.

Features:

  • New VicTsing 0.4X super wide angle lens provide a larger range of coverage than others, make it possible for taking a real complete picture for the beautiful world.
  • 10X Macro Lens also help take pictures in detail by your phone.
  • Can be suitable for iPhone 7 (Not for 7 Plus), iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5,iPhone 4 , most Android smartphones.

ExoLens 2 Lens Kit for iPhone 6/6s

From $61.99
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Transform your iPhone 6 or 6s into a powerful photography and videography tool with this lens.

Features:

  • Precision-machined aluminum bracket slides on easily and guards against scratching.
  • Interchangeable professional-grade lenses that swap in seconds.
  • Includes Super Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto Lens.
  • Integrated standard tripod mount.

LS-PRO Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit

From $19.99
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A professional HD Phone lens with multi-coated Lanthanide, optical glass for minimizing lens glare, reflection and other artifacts for superb clarity. Giving you an experience of DSLR quality performance and capture stunning photography. Top-grade aluminum construction Improves the product durability.

Features:

  • The 0.36x Supper wide angle increase your wide-angle range, such group of people, buildings and landscape.
  • 180° Fisheye Lens for 3D spherical pictures.
  • 15x Macro lens.
  • Works on all popular brands and models of smartphones, tablets or anywhere you can imagine.

Vinsic Universal Detachable Camera Lens

From $10.95
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With high clarity and durability this lens is made of upgraded high-class glass and top-grade aluminum.

Features:

  • Detachable 180° Fish-Eye Lens, Wide Angle Lens and Micro Lens.
  • Macro Lens and the Wide Angle Lens are screwed together.
  • Detachable lens kit with magnet, easy to install and remove.
  • Fiber bag for convenient carrying during traveling.
  • Compatible with most types of mobile phones with flat camera.

elecguru Universal Optical Telescope Mobile Lens

From $28.99
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This lens is made of imported optical glass.With this lens you can see the image on your cell phone by 18x magnification.

Features:

  • Telephoto lens to capture 90 degrees of the scene.
  • 4-in-1 – wide-angle, macro, fish-eye and telephoto
  • Suitable for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HTC and other smartphones.

Ivation 3-in-1 Clip-On Smartphone Lens

From $12.00
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This is a 3 in 1 tiny clip on detachable lens which allows you to clip on and off easily even over most phone cases. This 3 in 1 lens turns your smartphone into an awesome camera and is built with high-clarity optical glass that will give you clear shots every time.

Features:

  • 180 Fish-Eye Lens with the range of 180 degrees from the right to the left on your phone.
  • 10x macro lens for pictures of tiny objects clearly and see the details.
  • 0.67x Wide angle lens for pictures of large ranges such as a group of people, buildings and landscapes.
  • For Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge & Galaxy S6, S5, S4, S3, iPhone 6s, 6 Plus, 6, 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s & most smartphones.