Sandmarc iPhone Cloud Diffusion Filters review

Sandmarc iPhone Cloud Diffusion Filters review

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reconsidering – I have been a professional photographer as a sideline photographer for over 15 years. All of my paid photography has been for high school marching bands and drum corps. I usually have my 300mm 2.8 lens with a 1.4 extender mounted on a professional DSLR. I’m on the sidelines shooting action shots of each band and color guard members doing their competition shows. Last week I spent four days shooting 176 bands and more than 20,000 portraits at the Alamodome here in San Antonio. Needless to say, artistic images are not my forte. However, I was blown away when I saw these cloud filters from Sandmarc that were made for the iPhone offered for review. I don’t want to drag my full pro-size body around with a 24-70mm lens when hiking or seeing Christmas lights around town. I thought these filters might add more variety to the iPhone camera and allow me to take some creative photos. Let’s see how they worked.

What is this?

Sandmarc Cloud filters are filters specifically designed to work with the iPhone. It is attached to the camera using a clamp system. They make the light more diffused for a dreamy look in photographs.

What’s in the box?

  • Two filter bags
  • 1/4 diffusion filter
  • 1/8 diffusion filter
  • Patented phone mount clip

Hardware specifications

  • Glass – multi-coated
  • Chassis – aluminum
  • Weight – 17g (0.6oz)
  • Inner diameter – 40.6 mm
  • External diameter – 58 mm


Setting up Sandmarc iPhone Cloud Diffusion Filters was pretty simple. You can choose how much spread you want, either 1/4 or 1/8, then screw the filter onto the clamp as shown below. The clip handles are made of some rubberized plastic. The ring on which the filter screws on is made of metal. I’m going to assume it’s aluminum, just like the filters themselves. The ring has a nice solid metal thread, and the filter screws on easily.

Filters work best on a phone without a case. Most iPhone cases have a ridge around the lenses that makes the lenses sit deeper inside the case to protect them, and that ridge gets in the way of leaving the filter flat. Sandmarc makes special cases You can buy cloud filters that allow you to attach the filter directly to the canister. I just received the clamp. The following image shows you the filter installed on the phone.


Sandmarc iPhone Cloud Diffusion filters work best once the sun has set and lights are visible in your photo. Yes, we already have our Christmas lights!

This is a photo of the side of our house without filters.

Next, I took a picture using the 1/8 diffusion filter. Note the hazy haze that appears around the lights. Note that the second row of “ghost lights” appears below the ceiling lights. At first I thought the filter wasn’t fitting properly, and tried moving the filter around to see if I could get rid of those extra lights. I couldn’t make them go away. I had the clamp on top of the phone and on the side of the phone, and it made no difference.

This is a photo with a 1/4 spreader. You did a better job this time positioning the filter. You can see that there is not as much spread as the 1/8 filter.

Next, I took a photo of one of the landscape lights without any filter.

This was taken with the 1/8 diffuser.

This was taken with the 1/4 diffuser. Close-ups don’t work well with these filters’ post features. You can see some difference, but it’s not as noticeable as the lights in the distance.

Finally I took another picture of some Christmas lights from a different angle without a filter. I now notice the crooked light. I need to know if I should risk my life to get a 20ft ladder (we have a really high board) and appease my OCD or just let it go!

Here is a 1/8 filter. There is quite a bit of cloud propagation going on.

Here’s the 1/4 filter, and I think it looks great.

what I like

  • These are well made filters. I love that it is made of aluminium.
  • It’s easy to install on the clamp, and I never found myself touching the filter glass.
  • Each filter comes with its own well-made protective pouch.

What I would like to change

  • I wish the filters were a little bigger so that the glass would cover the full area of ​​the three lenses.

Final thoughts

I had a great time playing with Sandmarc iPhone Cloud Diffusion Filters. I will definitely be taking them with me when we go down to the Riverwalk to see the Christmas lights this year. Sandmarc makes some top notch imaging equipment for phones. I’d like to check out some of their special lenses for the iPhone.

price: $99.99 as reviewed or $129.99 with pro case and ratcheting ring, clamp included
where to buy: a store Sandmark
source: This product sample was provided by Sandmark.

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