As a mobile photographer I am always on the look out for new ways, new motives, new locations, new ways of editing photos, new equipment…
… like “Manfrotto Klyp”, a system of external lenses. This set includes three lenses: “Fisheye”, “Landscape”, and “Portrait”. But that’s not all: the case that comes with it serves as a mounting device for the lenses, included are also a flash and an adaptor with which you can screw the set onto a tripod.
As I categorically never use a flash (actually, why don’t I?), I have limited the test to the lenses. I started with the Landscape lens. How often have I wished for a little more room on the left or right hand side of a photo! The Landscape lens might be the solution.
However, the curved lines are irritating. In the city, with all its symmetries and straight walls this is a real problem for me. The other option would be to elevate it to an art form. Or, I could just take a section of the picture so that the curve disappears, at least to the left and to the right.
Those who like wide-angle lenses will probably find that the Landscape lens has definite benefits. But I take if off again and move on to the next lens: Portrait. This is a classical lens. Sharp close-up, blurry in the distance.
The thing that matters most catches your eye. Thumbs up!
The third lens, the Fisheye, is special in any case. You can achieve some very interesting and funny effects, but as far as I am concerned, the Fisheye is more of a plaything than a lens suitable for everyday use.
On the scale of things, the set is enriching and enhancing if you are going on a photo safari with a clear purpose in mind. This purpose, however, should not be “street photography”. For environments with strict symmetry, for example cities, I would like the curving in the picture to be less extreme, but this effect could be incorporated into the photography as a stylistic device. The Fisheye and the Portrait lens on the other hand deliver exactly what they promise and will definitely continue to be found in my photography bag in the future.
uwa scholz aka @uwa2000 on instagram. grew up in berlin. mobile photographer. on instagram since july 2011. street photographer by accident. documenting the city, but other instagramers call her a street photographer. currently travelling europe and the united states.