This telescopic lens gives your smartphone 80x optical magnification

by Gannon Burgett

posted Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 2:56 PM EST


If you thought the Nikon P600’s 60x zoom was impressive, hold onto your seats. Online retailer Brando has unveiled an 80x super-zoom lens -- for your smartphone.

The massive 15.5” beast comes with its own mounting tripod, which can be used to rotate the lens a full 360 degrees when your smartphone is attached. If you prefer to handhold the lens, you can opt for that as well, although we don’t suggest it.

Currently, the lens is available for the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3/4, iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus, each of which comes with a device-specific case to ensure a secure mount to the lens.


For focusing, there are no internal components. Instead, you’ll be relying on your smartphone’s built-in autofocus and exposure capabilities.


Unsurprisingly, impressive range comes with a wallet-busting price tag. The ‘Super Spy telescope lens’ will set you back $220. Brando also has a 50x optical zoom version for $128.

(via Technabob)