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Cool Tech Stuff: iPro Lens System

Larry Mortimer, AIA

Larry Mortimer, AIA lmort@kmort.com

 

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These days with the quality of the cameras in our smart phones it hardly makes sense to lug around a separate camera, but there are times where it would be nice to have a little more flexibility than the field of view in your smart phone offers.  This is where the iPro Lens system by Schneider Optics comes in handy.

What does it do? The iPro Lens system allows you to add an auxiliary lens to the fixed lens on your smart phone camera changing its focal length in a range from fisheye to telephoto.

System Requirements: iPhone (6/6 Plus, 5/5S, 4/4S), and Samsung Galaxy GS4.

What does it cost? Starter kits (phone case plus a starter handle, but with no lens) range from $49 to $89.  Trio kits (phone case, macro lens, super wide lens, 2X tele lens, and 3 section handle) range from $229 to $284.  Individual lenses range from $39 to $99.

How does it work?

The system consists of a case custom to the smart   phone, and a variety of twist on lenses.  Lenses available include:  a fisheye lens, a super wide lens, a wide lens, a 2X telephoto lens, and a macro lens.

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Accessories include:  lens caps, a tripod adaptor, a lanyard that attaches to the camera case, and an expandable handle that stores lenses when not in use.

35mm Equivalent of the Lenses:

  • iPhone without iPro Lens: 30mm still, 42mm video   Cool Tech New6
  • iPhone with Fisheye Lens: 12mm still, 16mm video
  • iPhone with Super Wide Lens: 14mm still, 19mm video
  • iPhone with Wide Lens: 19mm still, 26mm video iPhone with 2X Tele Lens: 60mm still, 84mm video

Pros: Compact high quality system that protects your phone. Easy to use. Transportable.

Cons: Not inexpensive. Only available on iPhone and Galaxy S4.

Conclusion:  While the iPro Lens System costs about as much as a point & shoot camera, it’s an accessory I would likely carry with me more often than a separate camera.

More Information and Purchase at:  http://www.iprolens.com

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