I took these pictures off my balcony. The first is with the standard lens. The second is with the full digital zoom of the camera plus the 12X optical Apexel lens. The lens does amplify the grainy picture of the digital zoom but it does show how strong a magnification it possible. The house cannot even be located  in the first picture

Doc's Gadgetorium

Owning a computer store got me totally into gadgets and over the years I have imported some good ones; Models aircraft, Lay bags, clothing, jewelery, car accessories and much more.

​I will list all my current products as they arrive and if you see something you like email me.


I've found the camera in my cell phone is as good as my DSLR and a lot handier.

​Experts say the best camera is the one you have with you.

I have to agree but the cell phones are limited by the lens. 

​I've found that the digital zoom it far to grainy for good picture so I started the search for decent, affordable cell phone lens.

Apexel Lens

After several samples I found Apexel lens and they impressed me. The lens are brighter and clearer than my expensive Ziess binoculars.

The telephoto is 12X which I find is perfect. It gives you good magnification and can be hand held as it is very light. It also makes a very good spotting scope. Price is $40

​The 5 in one set includes 2X telephoto, fisheye, wide angle, macro and polarizing filter. The lens are mounted in aluminum housing so they are tough but light. The mounting clip has a brass insert so the threads will not strip out as they can in the plastic clips.

​All five lens come in a really nice zippered case and a bargain at $35

​The two sets go well together and a package price is $55Type your paragraph here.

The first picture is the queens hair on a Canadian loonie coin with max zoom. The second is the same shot with the macro lens. I could take many more photos to show you how much more enjoyable a cell phone camera can become with these lens but I think you get the point.

I tried taking pictures of an owls nest in a local park and the standard lens could barely detect the bird and when I zoomed in the image became very dark and unuseable. 

​With the Apexel 12X telephoto it was better.

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Another shortcoming of the cell phone is for movies it is just too light and it is almost impossible to take smooth videos.

I did a little research and tried a couple of inexpensive balanced steady cams. Found them almost useless especially when compared with the electronic system I had for my drone.

I did shoot a few videos using it and was impressed with the quality, but not the convenience.

​In my travels I discovered the modern electronic steady cams available for cell phones and the reviews were very interesting. At first I was interested in the three axis units but realized that for most people that would be totally useless because it would lock in what ever direction the camera was pointed at when you started videoing. A two axis lets you pan and follow a subject.

​I found one I really like and imported a few to test. The results are fantastic.

X-CAM creative sight

This unit is very solid and well made. It takes terrific video, almost professional quality and the price is $125