Tasty recipe for classic ice cream sandwiches.. Handy for BBQs or the kids.
Tasty recipe for classic ice cream sandwiches.. Handy for BBQs or the kids.
OK, let’s just get this out of the way: yes this makes your phone look a little funny.
We laughed the first time we saw it too. But then we started using it at concerts on Fridays, our Little Bro’s T-Ball game on Sundays, and our office rooftop on Weekdays (brag-worthy views).
Simply put, our sheepishness turned to sheer addiction (the good kind, not the itchy-skinned paranoid kind) — and we started taking our iPhone Telephoto Lens with us everywhere.
Why? Because this little (big) lens gives our humble cell phone shots uber-telephoto powers (8x the powers to be exact). Powers we never thought possible with our dinky built-in lens.
Here’s how it works: each lens comes with a sleek, matte black iPhone case that you twist the lens onto. To compose your shot just twist the grip on the lens’ manual focus ring to make it sharp. Then snap!
When you aren’t using the lens you can just leave your nifty new case on and slip the lens in your pocket (try that with a 500mm Sigma).
It’s a lens and case in one, always at the ready.
The iPhone camera does not have a true zoom lens per se. It has a digital zoom. That means that the camera lacks the actual lenses to “zoom” you closer to your subject. Apple’s Camera app achieves a similar effect with a software zoom effect by cropping and resampling on the fly. As you zoom in closer — asking the iPhone to do more with essentially fewer pixels — your images become noisier and fuzzier.
An optical lens will nearly always give better results than a digital zoom. If you use the iPhone camera’s digital zoom often, you may want to consider purchasing an external optical zoom lens. The 8X Telephoto Lens for iPhone from Photojojo is a good — not perfect –optical telephoto lens for a value price.
The kit comes nicely equipped with a lot of stuff. In addition to the 8X lens you get two lens caps, a plastic iPhone case with a lens mounting ring, a bag to store the lens in when not in use, a small tabletop tripod, a quick release camera iPhone camera mount, and a microfiber cleaning cloth.
A window in the case exposes both the iPhone 4′s camera lens and external flash. However, the lens mount is raised about 1/8″ and may obstruct some of the light from the flash. This is really not an issue while you’re using this lens, as the lens itself covers up the flash. But it’s nice that you can leave the case on the phone and still get most of the usable light from your flash if needed.
The lens is lightweight and fits in your pocket. Once mounted to the iPhone, it affects the balance of the device far less than you would expect. It is not a zoom lens. It’s a fixed 8X telephoto lens. Visually, your subject should appear 6 to 8 times closer than if you had used the normal camera.
The lens body has a rubberized focus ring. The focus ranges from 3M to infinity, and is labeled in metric only. Just to let you guys know, the focus ring doesn’t work correctly. It scrolls way past the 3M minimum and is very inaccurate. It took me an afternoon to figure this out.
I’d read in other reviews of this lens that the reviewer had similar issues and just left the focus near infinity and let the iPhone’s camera focus. This did not work for me. I had to manually focus the lens using the iPhone’s viewfinder. I got the best results and the sharpest images when I did so. There’s a lot of guesswork focusing this lens, but the results are worth it.
The higher the zoom level, the more apparent little shakes become in the image. Fortunately, the kit comes with a small aluminum tabletop tripod and camera mount to help stabilize the camera while shooting. The aluminum tripod is pocket-sized and is fairly sturdy. It has a standard 1/4″ thread mount and will fit any camera. The spring-loaded, fast-release camera mount iPhone mounts quickly and securely holds and releases your iPhone. You can also use the included camera mount with any other standard-mount tripod. This rig is definitely worth the premium that you would pay for this kit over a similar lens kit from other retailers.
How does it work? Once I got the hang of the focus, results were visibly superior to the iPhone camera’s built-in digital zoom. In comparison shots, the lens made a noticeable difference. Details were visibly clearer and sharper, especially compared to similar shots taken with a digital zoom. Once I got the focus issues resolved, I got some clear, crisp images with this lens. Text from signs was sharp and readable with none of the resampling artifacts. Detail in leaves and grass were much clearer. If you nail the focus, it’s possible to get some impressive images. If you nail the focus…
For $35, it’s an inexpensive, good lens. Again, it is a $35 lens — you won’t be throwing away your DSLR anytime soon. The measurements on the focus ring are inaccurate and useless. You really need to visually adjust the focus. You’ll blow a few pictures until you figure it out. The lens has some chromatic aberrations and lens barrel distortions. There’s slight vignetting in the corners of the frame (it’s barely visible and can easily be cropped out). The iPhone 4′s rolling shutter effect is visible when using this lens. The rubber pull of the clamp on the tripod mount often slipped out of its slot. It was no trouble to reinsert, but it was a little frustrating. And I’m not sure if the lens actually gets you 8X closer to your subject as advertised. It looks more like 6X to me. These sound worse than they are. None of these are deal breakers for me. Just be aware of limitations of this lens.
Why would you even need a telephoto lens? Nature photographers will appreciate the ability to get in closer to wildlife without scaring it off. You’ll be able to take closer, clearer photography at concerts and sporting events. It’s a lightweight, fast mounting portable lens on a camera that’s with you nearly all the time.
It won’t turn your iPhone into a Sigma 1000, but it will definitely and visibly improve your telephoto images. Nothing beats actually getting the camera close to your subject. When that’s not an option, this lens is worth considering. It’s lightweight and much more portable than a DSLR lens. It has a few quirks, but it’s a definite improvement over the iPhone’s built-in digital zoom.
Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with the lens and without to compare.. You can see it does do a nice job of zooming…
Some valid reading from Jonathan Stark about principles of mobile interface design…
No matter how you measure it, mobile is huge and growing. The convergence of cloud computing, ubiquitous broadband, and affordable mobile devices has begun to transform every aspect of our societies. Analysts predict that by 2015, mobile phones will overtake desktop computers as our primary means for accessing the internet.
In order to keep pace with this rapidly changing landscape, designers and developers – and the people who work with them – need to start thinking about mobile as a primary project goal; not something tacked onto a desktop-centric project as an afterthought.
Has some good points worth reading..
It is necessary to first point out that by NO MEANS is minimalism a trend! In actuality, it is a design style that emerges to prominent use in accordance when society’s common desire shifts towards excessive wants. If that is the case, what could this guy be talking about?
Well, in recent years the web community has been strongly gravitating toward minimalism as the go-to design approach. Recently some newly popular styles were coming along, the most notable of these being Parallax Design. >
However, since then, Responsive Web Design came about, seemingly delaying the surfacing of a new prominent design style. The question going to be answered here is whether minimalism was rejuvenated by Responsive Web Design, or not?
Today, I’m proud to start a series of posts that will focus on LESS, the dynamic language that takes your CSS and puts it on steroids. LESS let’s you use variables, mixins, nested rules, and even functions within your CSS. It’s extremely powerful and can dramatically speed up your development. There is a little bit of a learning curve to it, but once you wrap your head around it, you won’t type CSS again without using LESS.
A good starting point for delving into the world of Less, the dynamic language for CSS.
James Struthers is an up and coming musician hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
He wrote this song while attending university in Kelowna, BC, 45 minutes from here.
He’s also performing at the Voodoo Lounge here in Penticton this Friday (April 27th).
He’s got an interesting sound. Not necessarily my usual music, but worth listening to.
Is it just us, or does it feel like the options for iPad keyboards and accessories are excessive in quantity, yet lacking in quality? This is why we created Brydge, which simply transforms your iPad into a laptop worthy of Apple.
This idea of turning your iPad into a high quality laptop seemed obvious to us and we were shocked when we could not find any accessory that accomplished this. So we set out to make such a product from the highest quality materials that would compliment your iPad perfectly.
This project looks interesting, but their tag line of turning your iPad into a macBook Air isn’t entirely accurate.. You’re still running iOS, so really, you’re just making your iPad feel dressed up and think it’s a laptop.
He is right though, this is a overly populated market, Logitech actually makes several various iPad keyboards that do this same job.
Personally, I’m still quite happy with the Origami Workstation I’ve mentioned before, and would be hard pressed to switch to this case.
Interesting approach to a tasty Pizza Mergherita recipe that I highly recommend trying sometime.
In preparing for the second challenge of Project Food Blog, I came across a line in the prompt that says “We’re bypassing the French and Italian standards in favor of more challenging cuisines.”.
The problem is, I’m Japanese, so cooking an “exotic” Asian dish felt like it was cheating. That’s why I decided to make a dish that’s ubiquitous and utterly simple, and yet it’s something that is made wrong ninety-nine times out of a hundred. Yep, that’s right, I’m making a classic piz
Interesting read if you hav any interest in iphone game design…
I have found that interface design is one of the toughest parts of creating agame. With so many different screens, and so little screen space, every pixel needs to be thought through.
We have recently redesigned the entire interface for our upcoming game, because we realized the user experience simply did not work as we intended.
There was too much information on screen at one time, and without a clear focus, people did not understand what they were looking at.
People looked at the screen for about 1 second, then clicked on the “Next” button and started the next level. In other words: The interface simply did not do its job.
Lightweight and compact design with a convenient key ring & integrated charging cables means you’re always ready for a quick charge whenever you need it.
One of the few things worse than carrying around a large battery reserve is having your iPhone run out of power. The brand-new lineup of mophie Juice Packs are sleek and slim.
It’s been handy to keep in a pocket for when you find yourself needing that extra boost so your phone doesn’t die before you can get to a charger.
The Reserve is about the size of a zippo, so it doesn’t take up much space unlike some of the others on the market and actually has a pretty decent battery so it gives you more than just an extra 10 minutes of battery power.
Only works for iPhone (as the name says).
Absolutely, I highly recommend this to anyone with an iPhone who wants to have a little backup battery power on them in case of emergencies.