Quite a while back, we got our hands on a Quad-G Wide+Macro Lens QWMA-77. This tiny lens, about the size of a thumb, is made for camera phones, such as the iPhone or the Android SmartPhones. We shelved it for a while, because no one was interested in cellphone photography. But recently, the Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus has really made SmartPhone photography and photo editing on the Android pure joy and plain fun to do.
Naturally, being photographers, who love improving cameras to create better photographs, we took the Quad-G 0.67x wide-angle lens out for a spin. And the result quite astonishing to say the least.
The package included the actual lens, a strap, two metal rings with sticky backs, front lens cap, and instruction sheet.
The lens has a magnet for attaching to SmartPhones. If your cellphone doesn't have metal around the camera, you can stick the metal ring to your phone and then attach the Quad-G lens. the strap is attached to a round metal sheet. When you are not using the Quad-G lens, you attach the lens to the metal sheet via the magnet. The magnet is quite strong, so the attachment is very secure. The metal sheet acts as the rear lens cap.
As an added bonus, this Quad-G wide-angle lens is actually two separate lenses. It has a macro lens element and a wide-angle lens element. You can separate the two and use the macro lens on its own.
The Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus camera lens happen to be metallic. Therefore, the Quad-G lens attaches to the camera lens quite easily. And the alignment is perfect. It's not all too secure, but sufficient for photography. With the sticky metal ring, the attachment would be much more secure. We didn't find that necessary for our purpose.
We were under a palm tree. And the soft curvy form of the leaves captivated us. We decided to capture the palm tree with this wide angle lens.
The first photograph, shown above, is captured with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus without using the wide angle lens. Frm where we were standing, we couldn't capture the entire palm leaf. But we did get a nice shot of it.
The second photograph, shown above, is captured with the Quad-G 0.67x wide-angle lens. Standing in the same spot, getting the same angle on the palm tree, we were able to capture the entire palm leaf with the sky and cloud in the background.
Apparently, we didn't center the lens too well, as it shows a slight vignette on the two right corners. Being so small and no mechanical attachment, centering the lens will be critical if you don't want any vignette at all.
We were really quite surprised with the Galaxy Nexus's macro mode. It got really quite close to any subject we give it. For many macro subjects, the built-in camera is sufficient. The following Instagram photo, we created with the built-in camera, showed a flower magnification. The flower is about the size of a thumbnail.
After attaching the macro lens to the Galaxy Nexus, we went back for another flower shot. This time, we wanted to see how much closer we can get to it. And the result is shocking!
This photo took us a few tries to capture. As the flower is moving, the phone was moving in our hands, and the macro magnification also magnified the movement. But when we did get it, it was spectacular.
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You can see the result in the Instagram photo above. You can clearly see the pollen. With this kind of results, we feel the macro lens is well worth it all on its own.