“Becoming a MoPho”: The iPhoneographer Shopping Guide
So today in America is “Black Friday”!
It’s the day following Thanksgiving, which has become the busiest shopping day of the year as people get a head start on their holiday gift buying. As more and more people get involved in this annual ritual, the crazier and crazier the retail stores get with frantic shoppers fighting over merchandise like it’s the last holiday on Earth. It’s nuts.
Me? I tend to avoid Black Friday like the plague, and either do all my shopping at the very last minute (which is stupid, I admit), or, if I’m being smart, I’ll just buy stuff online. In fact, I like to buy gifts ON my iPhone whenever possible. And now you can too! So to celebrate Black Friday, I’m going to devote this week’s column to “Shopping For the iPhoneographer.” There are countless accessories available now to help iPhone photography enthusiasts take better pictures, but I’m going to talk about just a few here…
There are also a LOT of manufacturers making iPhone cases with lens attachments on them right now. It’s hard to wade through all the multiple offerings and figure out which ones might be the best. I haven’t tested them all, of course, but there’s one that I got to try out while I was at the 1197.is Mobile Photography Conference last month, and it’s from a company with an impressive history of producing high-quality camera & film optics.
Schneider Optics (the U.S. subsidiary of the world-renowned German optical manufacturer Schneider-Kreuznach) has been in the optics game for over 90 years. And now they’ve brought their expertise to mobile photography with the iPro Lens. What’s neat about the iPro is not just the superior-quality of the Fisheye and Wide Angle lenses that twist on and off with ease from the rugged iPhone case that’s included, but also the really cool pocket lens case that doubles as a universal tripod mount and also becomes a really cool handle that can provide steadiness for your picture-taking.
iPro Lens: $199.00