Taking pictures with an iPhone 6 Plus produces beautiful images, but the ZTYLUS Metal Series lens case for the iPhone 6 Plus can improve on an already great camera with a set of add-on lenses to transform ordinary iPhone pictures into works of art. That’s the promise from ZTYLUS. Read on and find out how well it does and how to get one for free from GottaBeMobile.
The ZTYLUS iPhone 6 Plus case and lenses kit adds 4 lenses or a ring flash attachment. The right light includes multiple color diffuser attachments, which mutes the harsh light while also adding a color filter or whitening the light.
Does the ZTYLUS iPhone 6 Plus case system improve a user’s photography experience enough to make it worth the cost and the added bulk of the case plus the attachments?
ZTYLUS iPhone 6 Plus Case
The [amazon_link id=”B00VQT38MG” target=”_blank” ]ZTYLUS iPhone 6 Plus case[/amazon_link] adds some bulk to the iPhone 6 Plus. The makers sent us the Metal Series Rose Gold Camera Kit for the iPhone 6 Plus. This includes the black and rose gold case for the iPhone 6 Plus, the Revolver 4-in-1 lens attachment and a ring light attachment. Find out more about the attachments below. We’ll focus on the case first.
The Rose Gold Limited Edition case fits snugly over the back and sides of the iPhone 6 Plus. The case comes in two parts. Unscrew a black thumb screw that holds the bottom metal part of the case in place. The bottom part covers the area of the phone from the screen to the bottom edge, but on the back instead of the front. Cut outs expose the speakers, mic, headphone jack and charging port.
The top part of the case assembly is black and made of a hard shell to protect the back and edges of the phone while holding the attachments in place. Cutouts expose the buttons, the camera and flash.
A round disk on the back holds a kickstand. Remove this disk to attach the lens or the ring light attachments. A red dot shows the user where to align the attachments to easily insert them into the case’s back. Snap the attachment into place and turn it slightly to lock it into place. It’s a little difficult to attach.
A raised edge around the front gives it a lip that protects the screen when laying it face down. In fact, the case does a great job of protecting the iPhone 6 Plus. There’s no screen protection. The back and edges will get great protection from this case.
The kickstand attachment makes the case useful for more than just attaching the lenses or the light. People who use their phone for viewing video will love this feature. It’s not as stable as I’d like. If the design allowed it to fold out a few more degrees would help it stand up with more stability.
Revolver 4-in-1 Lens Attachment
The Revolver 4-in-1 lens attachment snaps into place on the back of the phone. Without the case, it’s useless.
The attachment rotates, snapping into the proper positions so the lenses can swing out to cover the iPhone 6 Plus lens. A red dot on the left side of the attachments closest to the power button on the iPhone tells the user which lens they’re ready to use.
Slide the spring-loaded lens holder out so that it swings around to cover the phone’s camera lens. The lens changes the optics of the iPhone camera.
The attachment includes four lenses as follows:
- Wide-angle and…
- Macro Lens labelled W/M
- Circular polarizer labelled CPL
- Fish-eye lens labelled FL
There are only three arms that swing out from attachment, but one of them holds two lenses, totaling four lenses in all. The wide-angle lens and the macro lens fit on the same arm. A detachable magnetic lens comes off the wide-angle lens to transform it into a macro lens.
The circular polarizer lens includes a dial. Spin it to change the look of the polarizer.
The ZTYLUS wide-angle lens almost doubles the field of view of the built-in iPhone 6 Plus lens. As a result, pictures will show more from the same vantage point.
The above shot shows a photo taken without the wide-angle lens. The photo below shows one with.
A macro lens makes it possible to take extremely detailed photos that normal lenses can’t focus well enough to take without blurring the image. If a person tries to take this kind of close-up without a macro lens the shot will look like this image of a leaf below.
Add a macro lens and the shot changes, even though I took it from the same distance from the leaf. See the result below.
I didn’t use a tripod, which made it very hard to get the shot in focus, but this still shows what the ZTYLUS macro lens can do.
Here are a few more shots with the macro-lens attached.
Remember that the Macro lens only works with the iPhone within centimeters of the subject. Here’s what a shot looks like with the lens on but held away from the subject at a normal level.
The fish-eye lens creates an extremely distorted wide-angle with a rounded look. See the image below taken using the ZTYLUS Revolver 4-in-1 Attachment set to the Fish-eye lens on an iPhone 6 Plus.
The shot below shows the same view without the Fish-eye lens over the iPhone 6 Plus lens. This gives an idea of what the lens looks like.
Here’s an example of the kind of way someone might use the Fish-eye lens to get an interesting and creative outdoor shot.
Compare the above boring shot of the river to this shot below using the ZTYLUS Fish-eye lens.
The gallery below shows a few more samples taken with the Fish-eye lens over the iPhone camera.
Circular Polarizer Lens
A circular polarizer lens (CPL) works like sun glasses for the camera lens. It results in more dramatic colors. The sky in the two shots below show how the ZTYLUS CPL lens enhances the blue and green in these images.
The CPL lens makes the image look at little in the shadows. A good photo editor might fix this. Even better, use the HDR feature on the iPhone 6 Plus camera.
The shot below uses the iPhone 6 Plus HDR feature. This still boosts the colors thanks to the CPL lens, but helps raise the brightness in the shadows thanks to the HDR feature. We get the best of both in this shot below.
Here are a couple more shots taken with the CPL lens over the iPhone 6 Plus camera lens. The green of the leaves doesn’t look as rich without the lens in the shot below.
Compare the color of the river with the lens below and without it above. The blue of the water comes out more.
I didn’t shoot it in HDR, so the shadows need some exposure correction in a decent photo editing app like Google’s Snapseed editor.
ZTYLUS LED Ring Light Attachment
The ZTYLUS LED Ring Light attachment brings something other iPhone lens systems don’t. The iPhone comes with a built-in flash, but flash photography can present challenges. Flashes will often cast bright spots on a face or reflective surfaces. They also cause red-eye that forces photographers to do another step in the editing process.
A right light puts a ring of lights around the lens. It stays on and doesn’t shock the user or cause the subject to blink, nor does it cause red-eye.
The ZTYLUS LED Ring Light comes with three diffusers. These cover the LED lights and soften the harsh light to make it shine evenly over the subject. The packages includes three diffusers: a warm white 3000-3500k, neutral white 4000-4700k and cool white 5000-6000k.
The LEDs come in two colors as well. Cool white LEDs and warmer yellow LEDs. This changes the color of the shot, making it easier to overcome difficult lighting situations.
Each set of LEDs has its own dial that raises or lowers the light’s intensity. There’s also an on/off button. Turn it off to save battery life. The attachment uses three AAA batteries. The attachment includes a threaded tripod attachment to give users steady shots while using the attachment.
Here are a few examples of shots taken using the LED Ring Light Attachment.
Each ZTYLUS attachment comes with a lint-free carrying bag. One attachment fits in one bag, but if a buyer gets both attachments they can’t put both in a single bag. That’s a little annoying since I’d prefer to carry around just one bag. The draw strings won’t stay closed either. I’m replacing them with something better.
Value and Recommendation
At $149.95 for the kit, this isn’t a good option for the average iPhone photographer. However, people who love to take photos and find the iPhone 6 Plus camera a bit limiting, should consider the set.
The set includes the excellent case and the Revolver 4-in-1 attachment. To get the right light add another $69.95 for a total of just under $220. That’s a pricey option. However, the case and the attachments makes taking awesome shots easier for serious iPhone 6 Plus photographers.
To buy them individually, get the [amazon_link id=”B00P6ZN880″ target=”_blank” ]ZTYLUS Metal Series Case for iPhone 6 Plus in black[/amazon_link] for just $41. The Revolver 4-in-1 attachment costs $69.95 and the LED Ring Light costs $59.95. For other versions, including different color cases or the iPhone 6 case, see ZTYLUS’s website.
ZTYLUS iPhone 6 Case and 4-in-1 Revolver Attachment Giveaway
They make a case for the iPhone 6 as well. ZTYLUS gave us one to give away. Follow @GottaBeMobile and @kapurcell and send me a Tweet with your favorite iPhone 6 photo and the #ZTYLUS hash tag and I’ll pick the best one and send you the case and the 4-in-1 Revolver. The giveaway only fits the iPhone 6, not the iPhone 6 Plus.