Black Eye Pro Kit G4 Mobile Phone Lenses REVIEW

DETAILS

The pro series set of lenses from Black Eye are the high-end lenses that are designed with the highest optical quality in mind. Black Eye created these lenses with premium sharpness, high-end model smartphone cameras, lens coating for high flat resistance, premium chromatic aberration control, and lens coating and glass quality for realistic color reproduction. The Black Eye Pro Kit Lenses are compatible with nearly all smartphone cameras and the fourth generation (G4) lenses are optimized for the newest range of smartphone cameras with larger sensors (iPhone X, Samsung S9, and Pixel 3). The kit includes the Pro Portrait Tele G4 lens, Pro Fisheye G4 lens, Pro Cinema Wide G4 lens, Black Eye universal attachment clip, Lens cap x 3, cleaning cloth, microfiber bag, and protective zipper travel case. The specs for each style lens is listed below. NOTE: Comparison shots between the iPhone’s lens and the Black Eye lens are included throughout this article.

  • Vignetting: Close to none
  • Barrel distortion: Close to none
  • Chromatic aberration: 1px at edge
  • Design: 5 Elements in 4 Groups
  • Lens coating: Double Sided 3 Layer AR Per Glass Element
  • Magnification ratio: 0,63X
  • Tv distortion: >-0,5%
  • Resolution(Axis): 300 LP/MM
  • Resolution(Corner): 280 LP/MM
  • Vignetting: Close to none
  • Barrel distortion: not applicable
  • Chromatic aberration: 1px at edge
  • Design: 4 Elements in 3 Groups
  • Coating: Double Sided 3 Layer AR Per Glass Element + 1 Hard Protective Coating
  • Magnification ratio: 0,2X
  • Tv distortion: >-95%
  • Resolution(Axis): 300 LP/MM
  • Resolution(Corner): 250 LP/MM
  • Vignetting: Close to none
  • Barrel distortion: Close to none
  • Chromatic aberration: 1px at edge
  • Design: Groups 3 Elements in 3
  • Lens coating: Double Sided 3 Layer AR Per Glass Element + 1 Hard Protective Coating
  • Magnification ratio: 0,4X
  • Tv distortion: >-65%
  • Resolution(Axis): 200 LP/MM
  • Resolution(Corner): 150 LP/MM

USER EXPERIENCE

Out of the box, the Black Eye Pro Kit G4 is ready for use. There is no assembly required. To use them with your smartphone, you are instructed to line up the lens of the camera with the clip on the Black Eye Lens. While this makes the lens universal between smartphone camera systems, it does make it a little hard to keep the external lens in line with the phone’s camera lens. I had issues where it slid around quite a bit when I was taking photos.

CONCLUSION

When you use these lenses the first thing you will notice is the improved zoom range when using the telephoto or the wider view when using a wide angle or fisheye. The truth of the matter is it’s not just the zoom factor it’s a whole range of options you didn’t have with the standard smartphone lens. I have been using my DSLR and then switching off to the BlackEye system to try to compare the lenses to what I would get from the same type of lens on a Pro level DSLR. That is where I have been not only surprised but also awakened that yes, even though these are called Pro lenses, they aren’t going to give you the exact replica of DSLR lenses as far as quality goes.

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