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Technical Tutorial – iPro Lens System My First Look….By David Hayes

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As more and more of us are looking to extend the ways we use our iPhones as cameras…we’re looking beyond the multitude of apps available to the many different lens systems now out there. These systems are giving us the same options as our fancy DSLR rigs. Pretty amazing from where it all began…

In this article I’d like to show you a quick look at the iPro Lens System. This pro-level set-up starts with its own case to which you can attach any of five different lens: a macro lens, a wide angle lens, a super wide angle lens, a 2X telephoto lens, and a fisheye lens. Each of these lenses attaches with a bayonet mount to the case and have been designed to work with the iPhone 4/4S and 5.

I’ve been asked to work with the two wide angle lenses in this system…so let’s take a look at the case as well as these two lenses.

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The case comes as part of their Starter Kit with the case and a storage handle that can be attached to the case at either of the two indicated points. The case has a nice secure, rubberized feel to it and fits snuggly to the iPhone5. In the top left corner of this screen shot you can see the bayonet mount for the lenses. (While the case does allow for a flash port, you can’t use the flash once a lens is mounted.)

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Mounting the case on your iPhone is a breeze as it separates into two sections that allow you to slide your iPhone into the bottom section, then the top section over your iPhone. The two pieces lock together securely with no gap between them.

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Here’s a shot of the front of the case sans iPhone. As you can see, it does only give minimal coverage to the front of your iPhone but enough to protect from everyday wear and tear. The good thing about this case is that you don’t have to remove any screen protectors you might on your iPhone so your screen remains safe.

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The handle serves double duty in that you can attach it to the case to give you a steadier hold while shooting…and it is designed to hold all the lenses in the system. I like this feature a lot as I’m always fumbling around with loose lenses while using another system.

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The handle screws apart and each lens comes with its own storage compartment that screws into the handle, one into another much like a staged rocket!

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The handle then will attach to one of two points on the case and like I stated, it does give a firm hold while shooting either stills or videos. It will only attach in landscape mode…a portrait option would have been nice as well but I suppose you could still hold the rig in portrait mode. I’ll have to give this some practice!

Both are well made and well designed. I found using the handle as a storage container “in the field” to be a safe and convenient way to carry my lenses and always felt my iPhone was protected from my rough ways. Also…the lenses attached to the bayonet mount easily and securely…and were easy to switch one to another. Enough said about the case and handle!

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Here’s a product shot of the Wide Angle lens giving you a couple of different perspectives.

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Here’s another product shot with the Wide Angle lens mounted on the case. This gives you a feel of the slim profile both the case and lens give the user. Very unobtrusive!

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Another perspective of the case and Wide Angle lens…

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And for those of you who like “Specs”…here they are. I figured a screen shot from their website was worth a thousand words.

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Likewise, here’s a series of product images showing off the Super Wide Angle lens.

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Okay. That’s about all I wanted to say this time. It’s my plan to put both of these lenses through their paces in different shooting situations and using different apps. (I’ve already tried them out using Hipstamatic’s Hipsta Pak and the results are very fun!) I’ll then share all of this in future articles. Until then, I’d like to leave you with four different triptychs showing the possibilities of the Wide Angle and Super Wide Angle lens. The first set is from iPro Lens…the remaining three I put together to help give you a feel. (They’re not “art” but hopefully you can get the idea of what’s possible with the iPro Lens System.)

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By David Hayes

David is Head of Technical Tutorials here at theappwhisperer.com and this role adds to the many things David has done in his life…some of which he considers more significant than others. Yet, he feels all have made him the artist he is today. He’s been a cook at a truck stop, a janitor at a military base, worked in advertising, been a banker managing other people’s money, and an elementary school teacher. Trained as a photographer as an undergrad, he’s recently returned to these roots and now considers himself foremost a photographer and secondly a mixed media artist.

You can find David’s work on many other popular websites including his own: http://www.clearerreflections.com.

5 replies on “Technical Tutorial – iPro Lens System My First Look….By David Hayes”

Optically, how do these compare to Olloclip? Is there a noticeable difference in image quality?

Mike, as Joanne commented, this was a first look on my part so I can’t really address your question with any certainty. I’ll let you know after I’ve had a chance to work with iPro’s lenses a bit more.

David, I look forward to your next reviews on iPro since I’m considering buying the system when I upgrade to the 5S.
I have a question for you or Joanne: do you know of an online european distributor ? I can’t find them in stores in Italy and buying them from the US costs a fortune in shipping costs.

Thanks

Davide

Thanks Davide. I hope to have more articles on this system out soon. As for European distributors I’ll have to let Joanne answer that question as I haven’t the foggiest!!

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