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  • iPhone Case Adds Three Rotating Lenses


    The iPhone lens adapter and lens case craze keeps getting crazier. Take this three lens carousel case for example.

    The case and the accompanying lenses cost $250, or roughly half the price of a entry level DSLR with a kit lens. The caseócarved from aircraft-grade aluminum (isnít everything these days)óhouses two tripod mounts and a carousel that contains a 0.7x wide-angle lens, a 0.33x fisheye lens and a 1.5x telephoto lens. Somehow, all of this metal and glass goodness only weighs 10 ounces.

    As a film and media production guy the iPhone lens mounts and lens cases make little sense to me. They appear to be novelty items with no ďrealĒ purpose. The whole point of having a phone and camera on it is the idea portability and the ease of convergence. The two items together allow users to take photos on the go and now with the advancements in sensor technology phones can rival point-and-shoot camera quality. However, even point-and-shoots donít utilize interchangeable lenses. But, because my experience with film and video the point of these devices could be lost on me.

    By purchasing interchangeable lens cases the iPhone sacrifices its biggest advantage as a point and shoot, its portability. Also, Iím surprised there is enough of a market out there to justify the number of lens cases available. Who honestly is investing in a $250 case to take slightly better pictures. If someone desires manual control over their video and photos, might I suggest looking into a DSLR or micro 4/3rds camera? Panasonic, Nikon, and Sony have some interesting interchangeable 4/3rds options available for relatively cheap.

    I understand the novelty of having interchangeable lenses on an iPhone, I just canít justify their existence after analyzing the cost and benefits. Still, this case provides a simple and effective solution for those hankering for some iPhone lens love.

    Source: Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Case Ads Three Rotating Lenses started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      Ive been thinking about shoring a Hirt film using my iPhone. Would be a neat experience but doubt it's worth $250. Better off renting a 7D
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      If it wasn't so bulky, it might be worth it. I realize it has to be, but then again if I have to carry the extra bulk I amy as well get a dedicated camera that will blow this think clear out of the water.
    1. Ivel's Avatar
      Ivel -
      Adds*. Don't mean to be rude
    1. Treeml's Avatar
      Treeml -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      If it wasn't so bulky, it might be worth it. I realize it has to be, but then again if I have to carry the extra bulk I amy as well get a dedicated camera that will blow this think clear out of the water.
      Yep. It's half the price, AND less then half the quality of an entry level SLR

      IMHO these things are an utter waste of time.
    1. Maverick00's Avatar
      Maverick00 -
      It's more of a novelty, like the article says. It's the same concept of getting a gold plated, jewel in crested case: 'Cause someone out there has too much money on their hands.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Maverick00 View Post
      It's more of a novelty, like the article says. It's the same concept of getting a gold plated, jewel in crested case: 'Cause someone out there has too much money on their hands.
      At least with case mods you can stick the thing in your pocket. WTF are you going to do with this thing? Gold plated case is you showing off you're a rich douche. Walking around with this thing is showing off that you are... just a douche.
    1. imans's Avatar
      imans -
      It's the same concept of getting a gold plated.
    1. rxracer's Avatar
      rxracer -
      Ridiculousness
    1. Austinhoyt's Avatar
      Austinhoyt -
      The three lens carousel case looks amazing.