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Zoom, Zoom. Zoom

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
by Gary Woods

People sure take a lot of pictures on their smart phones. Everyplace I go from the park to the beach to the mall there are people snapping away with their phones. In fact Apple has said that there are more pictures taken with the iPhone than with any camera being manufactured. I don't know how they figured that out, but there it is.

Phone cameras are great for close ups but for shots with subjects that are farther off they don't work real well. For those of you that would like to take pictures of things that are far away Photo JoJo came up with the iPhone Telephoto Lens which is made for both the iPhones 3 or 4 and retails for $35.

The device comes with a sleek, matte black iPhone case that you twist the 8X lens onto. To compose your shot just twist the grip on the lens' manual focus to make it sharp then snap your picture! When you aren't using the lens you can just leave the case on and slip the lens into your pocket.

If you're looking for a more composed show, you can use the collapsible table tripod which is included with the lens to steady and focus your photos. The tripod would be particularly useful in low light situations.

Each telephoto lens comes with a phone case, a mini-tripod and a cleaning cloth. The only downsides I found were that the lens doesn't zoom in and out and you tend to get some vignetting which is a reduction of an image's brightness or saturation at the periphery of the photo compared to the center, but hey what do you want for $35. Anyway if you're looking to get a little closer to your subject when snapping away with your iPhone check out the iPhone Telephoto Lens.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc