Thursday, January 22, 2015

Guys. GUYS. Fiberheads who take pictures!

During the Yule madnesss this year, I had seen a little clip-on lens thingie at Amazon for $10. I try to do close-up photography of yarn (usually), and it often looks like crap. It was only $10. For that, I could give it a try. I put it on my Christmas list, and the husbeast and his dad both tried to buy it for me, but by then they were out of stock. I had a sad. (LINKIE HERE! I remembered to add it.)

After the holidays, I wondered if they had more, and they were on sale! So I got a set.

You get a little clippy dohicky and three lenses that you can put together different ways. Basically, a fish-eye, and two variations of close up macros. You clip 'em over the camera hole on your whatever. I'm showing it here on my iThing mini, so I can take a picture of it, but I'm using it clipped to my phone for the example pictures. It's meant for iThings and Samsung Galaxies, but the issue is about fit, not whether the camera can 'use' the lens. My phone's a Motorola Photon and its just fine. 

See? Clippy bit: 

The fish-eye lens has some potential, though it's not remotely what I need and wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't part  of the whole set. (It even came with lens caps and a little bag to put them in.) But, hey, new lens, let's play. Below, the back yard, with and without the fisheye lens.

It seems obvious, but the top is without the lens, bottom is with. Fireworks shows may become fun. And I wanna try this on the Wall o' Cascade at the yarn shop.

But! The fun comes when I use the super-close up lens, to take pictures of yarn, which was the whole plan.

BWAHAHAHA. The top photo is without the lens, the bottom is with. Isn't that fantastic? It makes me look like I know what I'm doing. (Yes, that is hand spun yarn. Yes, I did it. I got 750 yards of three ply out of 4 ounces of 50/50 silk/merino blend. Yes, it took forever. No, I don't know why we're still discussing my sanity as if there's a question about it.)

So there you are, a super fun thing for low cost. Woohoo.

This is my first try, blogging from my iThing with the bluetooth keyboard (whee fun technology) I'll be back later too add a direct link to the lenses, but they're on Amazon.

Happy picture taking!


kayT said...

Welcome back. Don't stay away so long next time. I miss your sarcastic biting humor.

Barbara said...

Yay! You're back! I miss you when you stay away so long. My snark quotient goes way down.

Kat said...

So cool!! Thanks for sharing! And welcome back!