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15 iphoneography gadgets

Overview of useful devices for the fans of iphonography

In 2008 Glen Evans from Great Britain became infatuated with photography using his iPhone which grew into invention of the term “iphonography”. The hobby rapidly gained popularity all around the world. In 2011 the photo-hosting Flickr named iPhone the most popular camera in the world – as the majority of its users take their photos with the help of iPhone. Naturally, it didn’t fail to draw attention of various gadget makers. Bird In Flight prepared an overview of 15 useful devices for the fans of iphonography.


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SLR Mount is an adapter which allows adding Canon and Nikon interchangeable optical lens to the iPhone camera. The phone part takes on the role of the body of mirror camera. It does complicate the process of photography: you have to use both hands, to hold the phone with one and the lens with another. The result definitely makes it worth the effort as the shots can be easily compared in quality to those taken with mirror Canon and Nikon. SLR Mount supports controls of focus distance and depth-of-field. Very convenient for professional photographers on vacation.


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This “wheelbarrow” for iPhone is handy for those involved with macrophotography. The unique viewfinder allows for a lengthy photo-observation. The advantage of this gadget is in its quick setup which requires just 30 seconds. Plus it doesn’t take up a lot of space in a backpack.


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This is a type of a “roulette” on a center rod connected to several sets of lens at the same time. By rotating the disc dial you can select, for instance, a wide-angled or telescopic lens – depending on your task. The main advantage of this device is in its ability to switch lens quickly – much quicker than in the instance of mirror cameras. The casing of Lens Dial is manufactured from aluminum. It is strong and sturdy as well as lightweight.


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It’s a durable waterproof case for iPhone photography performed in the rain or in a pool. The quality of photos remains unaffected as the viewfinder stays protected by the scratch-proof clear plastic. Unfortunately it is only made for iPhone 4/4s. There is no update from the manufacturer about the possibility of expanding its production to fit the iPhone5/5s models.

This small gadget is capable of communicating with iPhone via bluetooth at a distance of up to 30 meters. The Shutter Remote consists of two pieces: shutter that holds a smartphone in vertical position, and distance remote control. Useful tool for the lovers of “selfies”.


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This unusual tripod utilizes three flexible segmented “legs”. The “legs” make it possible to attach the device to either a tree branch or a vehicle’s side mirror. Gorillapod can be utilized as a portable stand or as a handle to take “selfies” with the back side, not the face side, of a smartphone. The price above is more than reasonable.

Owle Bubo

$170


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Owl Bubo is one of the most progressive and functional photo-accessories for iPhone. The gadget serves as a tripod and as a dock station. The set consists of full-size lens, external microphone, tripod with four mounting points and external flash. Despite the fact that the casing is made from metal it weights very little, one can carry it in her purse. The general impression is ruined only by the high price tag and the limited compatibility – just with iPhone 4/4s. The manufacturer pledged to begin production of this gadget for 5/5s this year. The gadget will capture interest of not only photographers but also videographers, as well as those who like to shoot home videos.


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This metal duraluminum case is equipped with three types of lens – wide-angle, telescopic and macro-view. You can choose the right type by rotating them in circle. The case looks sturdy and durable enough to double as a practical cover for your smartphone. However, the steep price tag limits the circle of potential buyers down to professional photographers and geeks.

Glif

$30


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This portable dock can be used as a stand. It provides the convenience of watching videos without having to hold your iPhone.


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This accessory comes with a cover that is used to connect panoramic video lens to the camera of iPhone. Needless to say, the device can be used for stills as well. The process of shooting is controlled by free downloadable software. You can browse through captured images and “move” them with a touch of your finger to see what normally wouldn’t fit the screen in a classic mode.


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Another adapter that is used to interchange Canon and Nikon lens. Comes with a focus screen and a metal back cover for smartphone. One side of the adapter is attached to the cover and the other one to the zoom lens. It’s still in the making, the manufacturer is presently collecting funds to launch its mass production. You can support the idea of the project at Kickstarter.

15 iphoneography gadgets, Fisheye Lens

Fisheye Lens is compatible with iPhone 5/5s and is used for shooting in macro-mode. The manufacturer is marketing the device as a great option for newbies and amateurs – the gadget functions in auto-mode and doesn’t require any extra add-ons.

Flir One

$349

15 iphoneography gadgets, Flir One

This is a case for iPhone with a built-in thermal monitor. The device color-codes all visible objects according to their temperature. Thermal monitors are used by military as night vision devices, yet Flir One employs a different idea: to explore the possibilities of creating various graphic effects by the means of thermal monitoring. According to the manufacturer the sensitivity of the device is so great that it can detect the thermal imprint of the palm of your hand after it touches a concrete wall.

The gadget is mounted onto a smartphone’s back panel and acts as another camera with its own separate onscreen signal. Flir One is equipped with its own rechargeable battery that can last up to four hours of nonstop activity. 

iScope

$119


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This is an electronic scope for hunters – no squinting or holding one eye closed required. Here’s what it does: the iPhone camera “is looking” through the eye piece and reflects the data off the scope onto its display. Smartphone can be attached to the device with the help of the metal cover piece. The manufacturer expects it to be useful not only for real hunters but also those hunting for an exceptional photo moment.


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This portable card-reader can be hooked up to the dock connector of your iPhone to record the data off the phone onto the SD-card. This device is capable of recognizing different file types, therefore it can be used for exporting not only images and videos but also various files with extensions .doc, .xls and PDF.

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