You won’t have to remove your iPhone case to use these lenses

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The Iris lens series uses a mount that does not require you to remove your smartphone case.
The Iris lens series uses a mount that does not require you to remove your smartphone case.
Photo: Photojojo

Lens attachments for your iPhone can bring a fresh point of view to your photos but there are drawbacks. Some force you to remove the phone’s protective case to properly fit the lens. Others require a sticky mounting plate.

The mount for the Iris lenses by Photojojo looks like a little girl’s ponytail holder with a silicon housing holding one of three pop-in lenses that is attached to an elastic cord stretching and securing snuggly to diagonal corners of your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.

The Iris series includes fisheye, wide angle and macro lenses.
The Iris series includes fisheye, wide angle and macro lenses.
Photo: Photojojo

Smartphones, led by the iPhone, have been a major disruptor to the camera industry thanks to ground-breaking software and sensors that produce beautiful photos and have many people leaving their conventional cameras at home.

A number of companies make lens attachments for the smartphone, including Moment, Olloclip, and Lensbaby. The new Photojojo Iris gets around the case issue with a special transparent device-specific attachment that goes between the camera lens and case.

The company claims the lens will work with most cases providing the case in less than 3 mm thick (which could exclude cases with built-in batteries or the ultra rugged drop-resistant cases).

The lenses became available today for pre-order on the website for Photojojo, a longtime vendor of fun photography products. The three lenses, a fisheye, wide angle and macro, can be pre-ordered for $99, a deal considering it will eventually retail for $140 and a single lens will run $49.

Review units were not immediately available. A gallery of photos made with the Iris lenses on the Photojojo website shows a high level of quality that make the pre-order price a bargain.

Here are two of those photos:

Photo made with a wide angle from the Photojojo Iris Lens Series.
Photo made with a wide angle from the Photojojo Iris Lens Series.
Photo: Tim Lampe
Photo made with a fisheye from the Photojojo Iris Lens Series.
Photo made with a fisheye from the Photojojo Iris Lens Series.
Photo: Wesley Ver Hoeve