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  • [GIVEAWAY] iBooKam by Peachii - Professional 37mm Lenses for your iPhone

    While I've been testing PEACHii's iBooKam recently, folks just kept saying "would you look at that?" The iBooKam is a bamboo iPhone case with threads for 37mm lenses and tripod mounts, and comes with one of various lenses (depending which you purchase).

    PEACHii is one of those accessory companies who are clever, unique, and make useful, eye-catching stuff. They're based in the US (Florida, to be precise, just up the highway from me), and over the last few weeks I've been trying out a bunch of their stuff (seriously - this is one of 3 review/giveaways of their stuff for the next couple days, and we've got more products in the mail to us). Nick, the owner, has a knack (Nick has a knack?) for creating quality iPhone accessories out of bamboo. The iBooKam is one of those.

    Apple keeps upping the game on the iPhone's camera - the iPhone 4S adds 8MP, an f/2.4 aperture, and face detection. The dual A5 chips have an image signal processor which rivals mid-range point and shoot DSLRs. There's just one thing - you can only fit so much glass on a phone lens and keep the form factor. PEACHii addresses this with the iBooKam case. It's made of strong-but-light bamboo (hence the iBoo in the name - all PEACHii bamboo products start with iBoo), with threads in front of the lens to attach a 37mm lens.

    You can buy the case by itself, or with one of three lenses in a kit: the wide-angle iPhone conversion kit (what we tested), the fish-eye iPhone conversion kit, and the telephoto iPhone conversion kit. All of them work with both the iPhone 4 and the 4S.

    The kit consists of a few parts. At it's heart is the case itself, a sturdy and lightweight bamboo fitted case which the iPhone snaps satisfactorily into. The case alone is great, and both my wife and I used it for a few weeks getting lots of compliments out and about. It has all the appropriate cutouts for accessing volume, sleep, dock connector, etc. The case also has some nice cut indents where your fingers grasp, which make for a solid connection with the hand.

    There are 5 threads for standard tripod mounts (one is included, which you can screw into any of the 5 spots depending on which you need) on the case, as well as two threads for the RAYNOX 21mm to 37mm adapter ring (included). The first, which is over the camera, allows you to attach any standard 37mm lens to the adapter ring, and the case and use with the iPhone camera (B&H has tons of these available which will all fit PEACHii's case). The second is directly above the Apple logo on the back of the phone, and let's you store the adapter ring there if you'd prefer rather than in a separate case.

    Each kit PEACHii offers also has a lens with it (except their DIY kit which just gets you the case and adapter ring, as well as the wrist lanyard and JOBY quick release plate for connecting to tripods). PEACHii ships ZEIKOS lenses, which are good quality, inexpensive lenses. We tested the wide angle lens, which also has a macro lens it attaches to in order to give you the ability to shoot closer as well as distances.

    So how do the photos look? Great. It was a bit overcast on our testing day, so we didn't get the full, natural light we'd have loved, but you can get a solid idea of the difference these lenses make with these shots. Each of the photos below are mashups of two photos taken from the exact same position, one with the standard camera, one with the wide-angle lens on. You will notice you can also get much closer to items with clarity due to the macro lens included in the kit.

    The iBooKam comes in 3 shades of bamboo - natural, carbonized (brown), or marbleized (a mix of natural and brown). Check out the colors more in-depth on the PEACHii website. PEACHii sells the wide-angle iPhone conversion kit for $89.99, the fish eye iPhone conversion kit for $94.99, and the telephoto iPhone conversion kit for $89.99. If you're an avid photographer, it's worth it - the iPhone camera keeps getting better, and the 4S camera is great for many excursions and moments.

    Of course, it wouldn't be a ModMyi.com review if we didn't also have a giveaway for you. Leave a comment here AND Facebook us a photo you've taken recently from your iPhone 4 or 4S (you can tweet us - @modmyi - if you don't have Facebook), and we'll pick a winner to send a wide-angle conversion kit to in the natural bamboo color on Friday!

    Congrats to Adam Tenenbaum for winning the iBooKam with this photo http://mod.my/ibookamwinner! Check out all the submissions @ http://mod.my/ibookamphotos

    This article was originally published in forum thread: [GIVEAWAY] iBooKam by Peachii - Professional 37mm Lenses for your iPhone started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 112 Comments
    1. phoenix904's Avatar
      phoenix904 -
      This is a must have for me. Great bokeh on some of the shots!
    1. luckenbirds's Avatar
      luckenbirds -
      Its a pain to lug around a DSLR, but with this type of lens I wouldn't need it as much.
    1. Maverick00's Avatar
      Maverick00 -
      This makes me want an iPhone 4S *THAT* much more..... V.V
    1. i113's Avatar
      i113 -
      Awesome gear, and a neat contest. I hope my pic of the spider didn't gross anyone out!
    1. bizo100's Avatar
      bizo100 -
      Looks great! I love the case design alone!
    1. headstrain0z's Avatar
      headstrain0z -
      This is sweet! Would love to have one.
    1. Jmona's Avatar
      Jmona -
      Id love to win this! I'm an avid iPhone 4S photo freak, since i live in Colorado Springs and i have a beautiful scenery for a backyard with Pikes Peak. This would make my pictures so beautiful, and if i win i would be happy to post a video on my youtube review channel = Jmona0352 I posted my entry on the Facebook fanpage and Twitter My username here is Jmona. Good luck to everyone!!!!
    1. Hossinator96's Avatar
      Hossinator96 -
      i love it! and i love modmyi!gimme a beat!yahh boyy. i love modmyithey be so fly. whenever i jack up my ii come to the best. gotta have that apple iPhoneit passes the test. android sucks, yah, lay it to rest.
    1. suchef44's Avatar
      suchef44 -
      Wow!!Love this!!Could totally put this to use.Travel with a Vaudeville Cirque. MANY photos missed without a good wide angle.Hope I win!!Love.Adam.
    1. Android3k's Avatar
      Android3k -
      Not only is the case beautiful, but the lens attachment would be a great lead into bragging about my phone!
    1. meatholes's Avatar
      meatholes -
      I visit this site like I have the worst case of OCD ever! I must visit this site close to 20 times a day.. No joke. I may not be "active" in the forums these days due to being a young father and work, but I can say that this is the first and usually the last place that I go to for apple news. I read every article and I must say that this is the COOLEST most appealing giveaway that I've seen! I would love to be the lucky winner. If I am the lucky guy I promise to post a gallery of different pictures taken with this awesome product. I'll wish myself luck :-\ Sent from my iPhone

      Edit: twitter: thefr3sh3st (this giveaway motivated me to jump on the twitter band wagon. Guess who I followed first?)
    1. keithl322's Avatar
      keithl322 -
      Awesome. My girlfriend would love this...and I'm pretty sure I'm going to after trying it out, too.
    1. malevo's Avatar
      malevo -
      hey! that's not fair! I won't be having my iphone 4S until april next year (till my friend comes back from USA) that means I can't participate in this giveaway
    1. Buzzeh's Avatar
      Buzzeh -
      Wow, Good thing I haven't gotten the 4s yet, this seems really cool just posted the pic on fb(: good luck everyone(:
    1. randyj's Avatar
      randyj -
      I would love to try one of these out.
    1. theroyalwe's Avatar
      theroyalwe -
      This looks pretty awesome, wouldn't mind winning this giveaway! I normally only use film cameras, I have a Nikon FM2 35mm, but my iphone is great in a quick situation!
    1. randyj's Avatar
      randyj -
      Not sure if my comment went through. Would be psyched to try this thing out.
    1. hendo3's Avatar
      hendo3 -
      This would be sweet as I have my 4s coming in a couple of weeks. The bamboo colors are great looking, will get one if I don't win. Would love to win though. Free stuff rocks.
    1. DuBCaDiLLaC's Avatar
      DuBCaDiLLaC -
      Great idea. I don't have a need for a proper camera so this would be perfect.
    1. d4k4's Avatar
      d4k4 -
      Now I have a reason to leave my DSLR at home.... Keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Thanks Kyle!!!