Many of you will have read my reviews on the Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens and the Schneider Optics iPro Lens System, and some have asked which is best, so in this post I will try and answer that question, as best as I can.
First up, the Olloclip is the only lens of the two that has a macro option, so it's 1-0 to the Olloclip.
Both the Olloclip and the iPro lens systems include a Fisheye Lens, and whilst the centre sharpness is good on both, the iPro is marginally better. With the distortion associated with a Fisheye lens, sharpness may not be the most important element when choosing a fisheye, however if you look at the sample photos below, you will notice the iPro lens offers a slightly wider field of view compared with that of the Olloclip, and so by a cats whisker, the Schneider lens wins this round.
For me, and probably many of you, the wide-angle is the most important and most useful lens found in both of these kits. Both lenses enable you to take photos with a wider field of view, making them ideal for landscapes, cityscapes, or anything where you want to capture in a single shot, a wider angle of view to that of the iPhone's standard lens.
When it comes to picture taking, whilst the Olloclip offers acceptable clarity and sharpness, of the two, it is the Schneider iPro Wide-Angle lens that is noticeably better, producing clearer and sharper results. Also, compared to the Olloclip, the Schneider iPro lens offers a noticeably wider angle of view. Whilst these features alone may not be overly important to some, it is the lens distortion that makes these two lenses stand so far apart. Whilst the Schneider lens cleverly corrects the distortion associated with an ultra wide-angle lens, as the sample shots below show, the Olloclip badly suffers from, and is let down by image distortion, and so in this final round, it is the iPro lens that is the clear winner.
If you've read my full reviews of both of these lenses, then you will be aware of each manufacturers chosen method of fitting their offering to your iPhone and the little extras that come with each lens, like the lens caps and custom carry pouch/lens cloth supplied with the Olloclip to the lens carry case supplied with the iPro, that doubles up as a grip/tripod mount, but this side by side comparison review isn't about these extras, it's all about the lenses.
So now for the big question, which is best, the Olloclip or Schneider iPro?
Despite the iPro Lens System winning more rounds in the head to head, there isn't an easy answer to this question, as both lenses are good, and it all depends what you are looking for in an add-on lens kit. If you want to shoot macro, then it has to be the Olloclip, or if you're looking for a reasonable quality lens at a reasonable price, the again the Olloclip ticks the box, however if want the best quality add-on lens currently available for your iPhone, then as the above photos show, it has to be the Schneider iPro.
The Schneider iPro Lens System (my full review can be read here) is currently priced at $200* from Schneider Optics, whilst the Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens is priced at $69.95*, and is available direct from Olloclip (my full review can be read here).
*Prices are excluding shipping costs.