I've seen them before, those little lenses you stick over the camera of your smartphone. They looked clunky, and a tad expensive. I've seen them at the Apple Store and in ads on the internet. But it wasn't until I spotted a small box while waiting in a forever line at Walmart last night that I actually seriously considered purchasing these little guys.
And the best part is they only cost $4.88 (sans sales tax...).
Today I tried them out and I was kind of blown away at how well they work. So much so, that I had to check the receipt to make sure they were under five bucks. The receipt confirmed it--they were. Here's just an example of the micro lens:
The picture is a close-up of my plant at work. Here's a shot of it from my phone without any additional lenses. The picture above is from a small spot on the base of the plant, near the bottom in the middle:
Like I said, I haven't really utilized the other two. I'll have to test them out as well. Photography is a very expensive hobby, but for once, I found an exception to that rule.