ExoLens, a division of Fellowes, today announced a partnership with highly-respected camera lens maker Zeiss to release “ExoLens with optics by Zeiss,” a series of three new high-quality add-on lenses for the iPhone 6/6s and Plus models. Incorporating Zeiss’s T* anti-reflective coating, the lenses offer optical quality comparable to the Zeiss lenses found in Sony cameras, improving on already-released ExoLens systems for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Each lens screws into a machined aluminum mounting and tripod bracket that attaches to Apple’s devices. One even offers zoom capabilities…

Prominently found in Sony digital cameras, Zeiss’s optics are a photographic industry gold standard, relying upon high-quality glass and thoughtful optical designs to minimize distortion and chromatic aberration while preserving color and contrast. The “first three” Zeiss-developed ExoLenses for iPhone include Mutar-branded 0.6x wide-angle and 2x telephoto lenses, each in a black anodized aluminum housing with water- and dust-resistant coatings, as well as a Vario-Proxar macro lens that enables continuous zoom to capture subjects 3-12cm in diameter, and includes a detachable diffusor/spacer.

Fellowes promises that all three lenses offer “edge-to-edge image excellence and no discernible distortion or chromatic aberration,” a major difference relative to existing iPhone add-on lenses, most of which introduce at least a little distortion — sometimes a lot. Prices were not announced for the Zeiss lens kits, but the existing iPhone 6 kit sells for $130, with the iPhone 6 Plus version at $150, each bundled with one mounting bracket, two lenses, caps, and other items. The new versions are expected to ship late in the second quarter of this year.


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