June 30, 2015

Tea Leaves Up Close with Photojojo Lenses


A few years and smartphones ago I thought about buying pro-lenses for my smartphone. I looked at a couple of companies but in the end focused on traditional cameras. More recently I saw Photojojo popping up in my Instagram feed so I reached out to the company to see if they worked with bloggers. I received a discount on the Sampler Set (Wide/Macro, Fisheye & Polarizer).

The instructions for installing a Photojojo lens are straightforward but the implementation is not easy. It took several tries before the ring magnet with adhesive actually stuck to my smartphone. In a couple of my first attempts, removing the lens (which is magnetic) would peel off the ring magnet. What worked for me was after adhering the ring magnet to my phone, placing my phone case over the phone and thus the ring magnet, and not setting the lens on the ring magnet for a couple of days. When I wanted to use a lens, I would remove the phone cover and set the lens. I appreciated all the adhesive ring magnets included in each lens box! Another suggestion: use the metal Magplate (either directly adhered to your phone or attached to the case) instead of the adhesive metal ring. Each lens has a rubber cap and a magnetic disk to cover the lens mount. In the end, I think a clip-on lens would be easier. I'd love to try the Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens or the Macro Cell Lens Band.


I used the 2 in 1 Wide/Macro, Fisheye, and Polarizer lenses with an iPhone 5 to photograph a teaspoon of White Nixon by Bellocq Tea Atelier. (Aside: this tea was in the press bag given at the French Cheese Board Tea & Cheese Pairing event held earlier this month.)

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White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 (taken at 1.75 inches above tea)

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White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 + Photojojo Macro

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White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 (taken at 1.75 inches above tea)

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White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 + Photojojo Wide

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White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 (taken at 2.5 inches above tea)

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White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 + Photojojo Fisheye

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White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 (taken at 3.5 in above tea)

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White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 + Photojojo Polarize


Verdict: The macro lens is the most useful for tea leaf photography!

Want to see your tea leaves up close? Head over to the Notes on Tea on Instagram for a coupon code for $5 off any single item in the Photojojo store. In addition to smartphone lenses, Photojojo sells traditional camera gear such as straps and mini drives as well as hip items like the Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer.

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