To be frank, the only reason why I bought this kit is to click macro pictures. I love taking macro photos of flowers, insects and pretty much everything. As I went through Amazon, this lens from Apexel popped out with good reviews and ratings, so I went ahead and got one for myself. After using the kit for almost three months, I am writing this review that might help someone else who is looking for a smartphone lens kit. I have kept the review simple and easy to follow but it is not in-depth though.

Apexel 6 in 1 Lens Kit is available on Amazon for like 30 bucks or so, this is the exact model I bought

Apexel Camera Phone Lens Kit -Remote Shutter+ Phone Tripod+ 6 in...
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  • VARIOUS EFFECT: Wide angle lens for capturing a broader scene, macro lense...

What’s in the Box?

The kit comes in a hard-cased box which might be useful for protection and storing the lenses but I threw it somewhere, I just don’t like carrying these boxes around. Inside the box, you will find a

  • Telephoto Lens (this is the biggest of all)
  • Macro Lens
  • CPL Lens
  • Kaleidoscope Lens
  • Fish Eye Lens
  • Mini Tripod
  • Bluetooth Shutter Control Button
  • A small lens wiping cloth

In the coming sections, let us see the features of these lenses with pictorial examples.

Macro Lens:

I love macro photography and I absolutely love taking this lens wherever I go. Prior to this, I had some other macro lens which was quite good but not as good as this one. This is just because the images were distorted a bit, especially in the edges and corners. The macro lens in Apexel lens kit gave me a little bit more wide area of coverage whereas my old lens had a narrow focus. The problem with a narrow focus is that you won’t get the full object in focus if your object is large.

Some more of my macro clicks,

 

The Telephoto Lens:

The telephoto lens in this Apexel kit is good but the main problem is that it’s not steady or stable. But this is something I expected as it happens with any zoom lens for smartphones. If you can use a tripod with this telephoto lens, you will get a little bit of stability but you can’t take it for granted, carrying the telephoto lens itself is a mess, let apart the tripod.

The zoom is good, I could see the objects that are 200 feet away very clearly. I didn’t really use it for a ‘too far’ kind of shots. For example, wildlife photography or watching a football match from the stands. If you are buying this kit just for this lens, you better get something else. Here is my recommendation

Note: A free mini tripod stand is also included in the package.

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Wide Angle:

Most of the wide-angle lenses designed for smartphones add a lot of distortions, at least in the corners. This lens from apexel did not distort the corners a lot but there is a slight blackish gradient, I think its okay. If you still care, just crop it off. From the following image comparison, you can easily notice that the wide-angle lens captured more area. I am definitely satisfied with this lens.

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Kaleidoscope Lens:

I am pretty sure that I won’t use this lens at all. Just for the sake of testing, when I tried it, I got some crazy cool shots and it was exactly like adding a Kaleido filter to your pictures. But again, I am not a fan of Kaleidoscope pictures at all.

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CPL Lens:

The CPL lens is so useful during bright sunlight, it filters out some of the unwanted light which is perfect for outdoor photography during sunny weather. I liked the tone that was produced by CPL, it was like a natural filter to your image. Again, this is not something I use or I would like carrying around. I tested it just because it was there in the package.

Fish Eye Lens :

The fisheye lens gave a nice fisheye view of the scene. The areas near the radius of the circle seem distorted but that’s how the fish eye view is. Nothing more to say here. The fisheye lens does the job well.

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Lens Clip:

With this kit, you will receive two different clips. One is for smartphones with only one camera and the other is for dual-camera smartphones (ex, Oneplus 6, Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 9, iPhone X, XS etc). The quality is good. I used the dual-camera clip as I shot those images with my Oneplus 6. apexel lens clip

This is an instruction on how to use clips.

Tripod and Bluetooth Shutter:

The tripod included in the package is okayish and it needs to be a bit more robust. The Bluetooth shutter could be useful but I never use it. I just threw it somewhere, lol!

 

Much much better than my previous lens kit

Apexel Camera Phone Lens Kit -Remote Shutter+ Phone Tripod+ 6 in...
  • WHICH LENSES ARE INCLUDED? This cell phone camera lense includes metal 16X...
  • METAL 16X TELEPHOTO ZOOM CAMERA LENS: Bring far away subjects closer, used...
  • VARIOUS EFFECT: Wide angle lens for capturing a broader scene, macro lense...

Last update on 2022-05-18 / Links / Images from Amazon PAAPI

8.6
Score

Pros

  • Good Quality Lenses
  • Macro Lens is Top Notch
  • Clip Quality is Good and Screws Smoothly
  • Even if the camera is way below the top edge of your phone, the clips are long enough to cover it. (My previous lens sucked at this with my Oneplus 6)
  • Does not scratch the phone cover, screen or anything
  • Minimal Distortion compared to other lenses
  • Easy to Setup and Use

Cons

  • Tripod needs improvement
  • Telephoto Lens is too Shaky, that is expected tho.
Build Quality
8
Features
9
Ease of Use
10
Image Quality
7.8

Final Verdict

This lens kit is perfect for entry-level Nature Photographers (Macro), Creative Photopraghers and Hobbyists. Costing around $30, this kit is definitely worth the money. If you are only buying this kit for the telephoto or the fisheye lens, I would not push you hard but if you are considering it because of macro and wide-angle, I definitely recommend this.