In an age of carefully constructed social media profiles and aesthetically designed Instagram pages, Helsinki-based Black Eye has released a suite of clip-able smartphone lenses, set to significantly amp up the calibre of mobile photography available to the mass consumer.
The Finnish company released its first lens, “The Original”, in 2013, and has since endeavoured to release premium smartphone-related products.
Black Eye Pro Kit
The company has released the ‘Black Eye Pro Kit’ – a durable, zippered travel case encompassing three different lenses, suitable for use with “most mobile and laptop devices'”.
The Pro Kit includes the Pro Tele 3X, Full-Frame Fisheye and the HD Macro 15X lenses, which Black Eye states is specifically designed to capture images or video whilst travelling or on the road.
The device includes Black Eye’s clipper attachment system, enabling easy use with the majority of mobile devices.
The lenses boast “triple coated” and “hand polished optics”, heralded for producing crystal clear natural colours and removing unwanted reflections.
Below are the specifications for each lens included in The Pro Kit:
• 39° angle of view
• Give images shallower depth of field
• 60mm equivalent in 35mm format
FULL FRAME FISHEYE
• 180° Angle of view
• Perfect for Selfies and group shots
• 15mm equivalent in 35mm format
• Full Frame for 1/3 camera sensor
• 15x zoom with a focus distance of 20-26mm
• Clear and Sharp detailed images
Black Eye Cinema Wide Angle Lens
One of Black Eye’s most recent products is its Cinema Wide Angle lens, which features a “120° angle of view with no corner distortion”, and allows users to capture photos and videos with striking cinematic features.
The lens includes a built-in lens hood, which is said to mitigate unwanted sun flares and protect optics whilst on the road or travelling.
The wide angle lens uses Black Eye’s universal clipper system, which is compatible with most mobile phones and is supportive of both the front or rear camera.
Also included is an aluminium lens cap and microfibre cleaning cloth to aid with maintenance and cleanliness.
Black Eye Filming Handle Tripod
The latest inclusion to Black Eye’s accessory product line is its Filming Handle Tripod.
The product’s “compact, sleek and durable design” is specifically designed for mobile content creators and suitable for on the road action or active travelling.
As implied by the item’s name, the product can be used a filming handle, or if required can be folded out to a sturdy tripod.
Black Eye states the product can be used with all mobile phones, SLR and action cameras.
Black Eye’s Pro Kit is available to purchase from several Australian retailers including; select David Jones and Harvey Norman stores, and independents such as ‘Hard to Find’ Melbourne, Leederville Cameras, Plaza Camera and Telstra’s Port Macqua Business Centre.