Rollei Telephoto Lens for iPhone 4

April 14, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 18 Comments | |
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Rollei has announced an add-on telephoto conversion lens for the Apple iPhone 4. With an angle of view of 16°, the manual-focus Rollei telephoto lens allows the iPhone camera to capture distant subjects in great detail. Focusing is by way of a traditional focus ring, and is helped by a distance scale that goes from 3m to infinity, with markings at 10m, 20m, 30m and 40m. Weighing in at only 45 grams, the Rollei 8x telephoto lens will be available in stores from the end of April for a recommended retail price of €34.95. The scope of delivery includes the lens itself, a miniature tripod with a mount for the Apple iPhone 4, a hard case for the phone and a cleaning cloth. Click through / scroll down for more information, and an image gallery of the product.

Rollei Press Release

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Paparazzi accessories for the iPhone 4*: Rollei 8x telephoto Lens

Hamburg, 14 April 2011                                
Modern mobile phones can now do everything, including take photos.  And with the Rollei 8x telephoto lens as an accessory, even better than ever before.

Simply attach the Rollei 8x telephoto lens and discover entirely new photographic opportunities with the iPhone 4*. The lens (dimensions: 18mm, F = 1.1) gives the iPhone 4* 8x magnification and increases the telephoto range to an impressive degree: Distant subjects are now enlarged and clearly visible. Ideal for paparazzi, nature enthusiasts and anyone with an eye for detail.

The high-quality lens design avoids flaws that could show in the image. The focus adjustment is carried out using a traditional lens ring with a scale from three meters to infinity. The iPhone 4* is barely any heavier with the lens attached. It weighs just 45 grams.

Included in the package:
A hard case for the iPhone 4* is included in the package. But that’s not all. Thanks to a special bracket and a mini tripod for the table (included in the package) there is no more camera shake and every picture is a success.

Availability and price:
The Rollei 8x telephoto lens will be available in stores from the end of April for a recommended retail price of EUR 34.95.

*The “iPhone 4” is not included. “iPhone” is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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#1 Low Budget Dave

Am I the only person who looked at this and wondered "What the ?"

In the picture, this thing has two pieces. Taken together, they are just about bigger than the phone. Wouldn't it be easier to just carry a camera?

I guess it is cheaper than a camera, and maybe there is a "watch this" factor involved. But seriously, guys, buy a camera.

12:10 pm - Friday, April 15, 2011

#2 Antony Shepherd

Is that a telephoto lens on your iPhone or are you just pleased to see me?

It's a bit sad really that the once great Rollei brand is associated with such tat!

1:22 pm - Friday, April 15, 2011

#3 Franz

Being an iPhone person, this seems a bit interesting. But has anyone noticed the 2nd and 3rd pictures of the iPhone are wrong? The home button which should be on the bottom, is on the same side as the Power button which should be on top.

1:06 am - Monday, April 18, 2011

#4 canvas prints

Sadly iphone cameras are not good enough to warrant this kind of lens.

Nice idea though. be fun to see someone actually using it

2:20 pm - Monday, April 18, 2011

#5 deepak

nice add on :)

10:16 am - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

#6 David McCarthy

Done because it can be. People will buy it, but will they use it?

Looks a bit precarious too ... wonder how robust it is?

4:14 pm - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

#7 Peter Fairweather

Don't know if it's of comparable quality but a similar product has been available for some while now under the name of "Eye Scope". It retails at £29.99, here's a link to it:

If it didn't look so ridiculous I might be tempted.

5:02 pm - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

#8 Kim Bradford

Never thought I'd see the day, I'll buy one though. I use my iphone for photos more than my other two expensive cams.

7:41 pm - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

#9 Chris

what a bad photoshop of the iphone screen... the home button is not on the side of the camera/power/headphone jack.... what idiots.

6:01 pm - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

#10 kris

The I phone shown in the images is fake...I now doubt this product....this is awful.

7:10 pm - Saturday, June 18, 2011

#11 Dundivin

Is the iPhone zoom lens a fixed focal length or can it zoom in and out

9:49 pm - Saturday, October 29, 2011

#12 George Robles

Geeees sorry they offer this as an option!
Geek squad immediately rips it points out its obvious defects and redesigns it. Sincerely people we all know i-phone owners are Extrememly inteligent right,,,,,,,, yeah or rediculously preocupied with there sqewed view of themselves. help feed the homeles, plant a garden, get a life. PS.. yes i am an angry person Merry Christmas

10:46 pm - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

#13 rurikw

not ridiculous at all. nice to have the option of telephoto on iphone. small and light and cheap. think i will buy one. some conflicting "information" around: iPhone's lens 29 mm x 8 gives 232mm. Gives diagonal angle of view about 11 deg, not 16. Which is right? F=1,1?! Hardly possible. iPhone 4s f=2.4 which is already quite bright. not that any of it matters.

6:18 pm - Monday, January 2, 2012

#14 felwil

Is using a telephoto lens on an iPhone like cropping pixels?

4:46 am - Monday, February 20, 2012

#15 rurikw

digital zoom crops. lenses don't. saw some test images taken with the rollei. image quality looks as bad as the lens is cheap but that's all right, iphonography is about other things than technical perfection.

5:57 pm - Monday, February 20, 2012

#16 Mike

What's the point of commenting if you haven't tried the thing??

3:27 pm - Saturday, June 9, 2012

#17 rurikw

here are my points:
1. many reject the whole idea as ridiculous which i think is ridiculous considering the quite good quality of the iphone's camera. why not have tele as well, that would expand your possibilities significantly.
2. somebody wanted to know about the difference between digital and optical zoom. i tried to clarify.
3. i also wanted to bring attention to the fact that there are sample images which give an idea of the image quality you can expect. i should have given the url, of course. I can't find the same one any more but here is another one that shows how very blurry the edges get but it's still better than digital zoom and you might even use the blur for effect, perhaps in combination with vignetting, which you can add with a suitable app.

i think these comments might be useful to someone even though i haven't used the lens but do know a few things about photography.

8:09 pm - Saturday, June 9, 2012

#18 scott hill

does it also work on the iPod touch 4th gen? Should have nearly the same camera as iPhone 4?

3:30 pm - Wednesday, January 16, 2013