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.