There’s a new kind of photography that’s sweeping the globe – iPhoneography. Stemming from the use of vintage camera inspired apps (most notably Instagram), Apple has refined and improved upon the iPhone camera with each new model released, with their latest – the iPhone4S – boasting an impressive eight megapixel resolution, a custom lens with a larger ƒ/2.4 aperture, higher quality auto-white balance and colour accuracy, reduced motion blur, and an enhanced backside illumination sensor. So what better way to test out your most portable camera than with some cool lenses?
Holga iPhone Lens
The Holga iPhone lens boasts a case featuring nine different filters upon a rotating disk. Better yet, it’s as simple as can be – you spin the disk until you reach the lens you desire (the effects of each lens can be seen on your screen as you go), you aim your iPhone, and then you shoot.
Described by the aficionados at PhotoJojo as “nine toy cameras all in one”, the Holga iPhone lens can easily replace any of your downloaded photo apps (sorry!) with its red, yellow and blue filters with clear centres, multi-image lens for double, triple and even quadruple images, colour lenses in both red and green, a macro lens for those up-close and personal shots, and – of course - lenses for those classic, dreamy vignettes that Holga probably caught your attention with in the first place.
iPhone Lens Dial
The iPhone Lens Dial will see you keeping company with Monsieur Fisheye (0.33x), Madame Wide Angle (0.7x – can you call an iPhone camera lens ‘bootylicious’?) and their charming teenage son Telephoto (1.5x). Why the fancy names? Well, these lenses deserve a bit of special treatment, considering that the three of them are optical quality, glass-coated, and live in a slim aircraft-grade aluminium case that weighs a mere 10oz.
Switching between lenses is done by means of a simple wrist flick and disc rotation. If you’re simply too fraught with excitement over your fancy-schmancy new iPhone lens and can’t steady your shaking hands, fear not – the case comes equipped with two tripod mounts, optimal for both portrait and landscape shots!
iPhone Telephoto Lens
This little lens cares about nothing except helping you get up close and personal with what your shooting without you doing any of the legwork. An excellent example of big things coming in small packages, this lens will transform your iPhone camera into a magical telephotographic creature, capable of giving you a shot that is eight times closer than could otherwise have been possible – perfect for concerts, sport games, or even some light stalking.
Purchasing this beauty gets you not only the Little Lens That Could, but also a mini-collapsible table tripod (featuring a mini-ball socket, allowing you to shoot from any angle), a cleaning cloth, and a snazzy matte black case that can be left on your iPhone once it’s time to remove the lens and carry on your merry way.
iPhone SLR Mount
This handy-dandy little case-adapter combo is looking to turn your iPhone into a DSLR. No, really. With the iPhone SLR Mount, you can attach your Nikon SLR or Canon EOS lenses to your iPhone. With two strap loops and a tripod attachment also included, you’re bound to fall head over heels for this brawny aluminium case.
Basically any lens can attach to your iPhone with this sweet little baby: the Nikon SLR Mount is an F-mount adapter, so all Nikon lenses are compatible; the Canon SLR Mount is an EF-mount adapter, therefore Canon EF-S or FD lenses may not be used. But that’s okay! All of your Canon EOS lenses will! Your images will originally be saved upside down as there are no mirrors inside the SLR Mount, but this can be easily fixed in basically any photo app using an iPhone4, or in the normal photo editing program on iPhone4S. Post-production may also see you lightening up some images, as PhotoJojo estimates a loss of 1 – 2 f-stops when the adapter is in use.
Have you ever wanted to be a secret agent? Maybe an undercover superhero? Well, unfortunately this iPhone can’t help you with that – nor can we, although we’ll support you if you choose to dress up for the day (heck, send us photos!). What it can do is provide your iPhone with a complete cover in the style of a classic rangefinder camera. Think of it as the equivalent of a Batman costume for your communication device!
“Kristyn,” I can hear you judging, “This isn’t a lens! Your article title is misleading!” Yeah, okay, caught out. Would it appease you if you were told that the iPhone Rangefinder not only gives your sneaky little iPhone the appearance of a camera, but actually transforms your iPhone into a camera? Better and more lightweight than any utility belt (here’s looking at you, Adam West), this case will fit your iPhone out with a removable tripod mount, a functioning shutter button (also accessible via the volume + and – buttons) and viewfinder, two camera strap loops and aperture numbers. Another bonus? While you’re out and about snapping happily with your faux-rangefinder, you remain easily contactable, as the case doesn’t block any buttons whatsoever. Not that it matters, of course, if people contact you by flashing a light into the sky…
Photo credit to the team at PhotoJojo.
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