Second is refreshing its whole lineup of smartphone digicam lenses, which promise to enhance your pictures with customized glass that goes on high of your telephone’s present digicam. The eight lenses in its new T-Collection lineup rework every of the choices within the firm’s earlier M-Collection line with enhancements like thicker glass for higher optics and up to date dimensions that replicate simply how gargantuan the cameras on our telephones have grow to be for the reason that M-Collection debuted in 2017.
These are the lenses and their costs:
Most of Second’s present smartphone lens lineup was made at a time when telephone cameras had been a lot smaller and had fewer sensors, however issues have clearly modified. The corporate says the thicker glass of its up to date T-Collection lenses will imply much less chromatic aberration (the tendency of lenses to not resolve completely different colours to the identical level) than earlier than and that “extra components” lower down on distortion and make for sharper edges in your photographs.
The corporate additionally elevated its bayonet-style mount’s glass aperture by 20 p.c to accommodate the brand new lenses and added sensor-shift stabilization. Second says the larger aperture allows extra gentle, decreasing vignetting — that’s, darkening across the fringe of your shot and leading to an total sharper picture.
It’s straightforward to see the attraction of including an exterior lens to your telephone. It’s superb what producers have managed to drag off with fashionable smartphone cameras, however they nonetheless have some limitations, usually having just one sensor that handles darker indoor pictures moderately effectively (although that is getting higher, too) — having the ability to slap exterior lenses on the “good” sensor is sweet. Reviewers previously have praised Second’s lenses for having a way more skilled really feel than ostensibly related low-cost lenses yow will discover on-line. Our personal Jake Kastrenakes confirmed simply how good its M-Collection lenses are in comparison with different choices a couple of years in the past.
Second supplied some pattern pictures from its lenses. We’ll see how they do after we get our arms on them and take footage in much less very best environments and situations, however all the identical, the pictures look nice — significantly the macro ones.
New T-Collection lenses might be appropriate with its new, bigger bayonet mount for all iPhone 13 fashions and newer, the Google Pixel 7 and newer, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 sequence and newer. The corporate says it can additionally maintain making telephone circumstances with mounts for its older M-Collection lenses as new iPhones are launched, however it received’t put out new M-Collection-specific circumstances for brand spanking new Android telephones going ahead — simply the brand new lenses, I’m afraid. If that bums you out, Second is kicking off a 120-day trade-in program the place you possibly can have your outdated M-Collection lenses evaluated for retailer credit score so you should purchase the brand new lenses, in order that’s one thing at the very least.
The brand new T-Collection lenses can be found for preorder beginning right this moment, and the corporate says they’ll be delivery “as quickly as” September seventh.