Zeiss' ExoLens lenses improve your iPhone's photos
Zeiss' ExoLens lenses improve your iPhone's photos
1:34

Zeiss' ExoLens lenses improve your iPhone's photos

Camera Accessories
[MUSIC] Zeiss and Apple always seemed like a natural pairing. And now you can pop a Zeiss lens on your iPhone for a little variety in your angle of view. I'm Lori Grunin, and these are the Zeiss ExoLenses for iPhone. The product of a partnership between Zeiss and Fellows, you know, the office supply company, Zeiss's solution consists of the Fellows mounting bracket and its own lenses. The wide angle lens which covers about 60% more of a scene than the iPhone lens, is available now via Apple outlets. And it'll set you back $200. The macro lens covers a varying angle of view between one and four inches, depending upon how close you are. And the telephoto has a narrower angle of view by half than the built in version. The letter to lenses are slated to ship later this summer. Overall it's a mixed bag. The lenses definitely allow you to get more flexibility out of your camera, and as you'd expect the lenses are well constructed out of aluminum and glass. In fact with their bundled lens hoods attached, they look like a Zeiss high-end Otis line shrunk to lilliputian levels. And they're definitely sharp and clear with no perceptible light loss, color artifacts or fringing. But going with the shrunken lens approach means tiny untethered back caps that come off too easily, and lens caps that are easy to lose. The ExoLens screw-on mount is a pain for quick changes. I prefer competitor Moment's bayonet mount, or other snap or slide-in approach. Like many of these, the mounting bracket blocks the iPhone's flash So you have to remove it if you just wanna use the base iPhone camera. [MUSIC]

Up Next

ShiftCam adds five more lenses to your iPhone 11 Pro
shiftcam-2

Up Next

ShiftCam adds five more lenses to your iPhone 11 Pro

Stream live 360-degree video on Facebook
ht360livevideofacebook.jpg

Stream live 360-degree video on Facebook

GoPro Karma Grip helps you get a handle on camera shake
flgoprokarmagrip.jpg

GoPro Karma Grip helps you get a handle on camera shake

Lensbaby Trio 28 lens adds magic to your mirrorless camera
fllensbabytrio28.jpg

Lensbaby Trio 28 lens adds magic to your mirrorless camera

Staaker drone follows you from above
flstaakercameradrone.jpg

Staaker drone follows you from above

Fujifilm's instant film printer lets you share your pictures IRL
flfujifilmsharesp2.jpg

Fujifilm's instant film printer lets you share your pictures IRL

Live the life aquatic with the Seawolf remote control sub
flseawolf.jpg

Live the life aquatic with the Seawolf remote control sub

Polaroid's Zip will have you printing out your smartphone photos on the go
flpolaroidzip.jpg

Polaroid's Zip will have you printing out your smartphone photos on the go

Beastgrip Pro hopes to tame phoneography
beastgrippro.jpg

Beastgrip Pro hopes to tame phoneography

Make your own ring light for portraits
thefixs1e22lexy4.jpg

Make your own ring light for portraits

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

What's the Future of Phones? Expert vs. AI
240412-site-what-is-the-future-of-phones-expert-vs-ai-v1

What's the Future of Phones? Expert vs. AI

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch
iphone-15-pro-max-7-months-later

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Apple and Disney's Unique Bond: Why Vision Pro Needs the Mouse
240411-site-can-disney-save-the-apple-vision-pro-v1

Apple and Disney's Unique Bond: Why Vision Pro Needs the Mouse

Sony ULT Wear Headphones Review: Evolution of Extra Bass
site-sonyultheadphone-v3

Sony ULT Wear Headphones Review: Evolution of Extra Bass

Humane's AI Pin: Unboxed and Tested
240409-site-humane-ai-pin-review-v2

Humane's AI Pin: Unboxed and Tested

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips