If you have an iPhone 4 or 4s, you undoubtedly have used it to take photos and video. But have you ever wished you could have a wider angle lens or a way to mount it to a tripod for those tight situations? The iPro Lens System is a solution to solve both of these problems.
One of the big problems with the iPhone 4’s great camera is it’s limited to a single focal length lens with an equivalent of a 30mm lens on a 35mm camera. Schneider Optics comes to the rescue with the iPro Lens system for the iPhone 4 and 4S.
The iPro Lens System consists of 2 lenses stored in a combination handle/tripod adapter that’s mated with an iPhone 4 case.
The kit comes with a wide angle lens, which converts the 30mm iPhone lens to a 19mm wide angle lens, taking the viewing angle up to 86 degrees (24 degrees more than the standard lens).
The kit also comes with a fisheye lens, converting the 30mm lens to a 12mm fisheye equivalent, converting the image up to about 160 degrees (almost 100 degrees more than standard).
Both lenses attach and remove quickly and easily to the included iPhone 4 case. Simply take the lens and twist it on and off.
The lens storage handle itself has the same mounting points inside of it to store your lenses when you aren’t using them, as well as a 1/4″-20 thread for mounting to any standard tripod. The handle itself mounts to the iPhone 4 via the included case using the mounting tip, giving you the secure grip on the phone to take shots at any angle.
This handle tip can also be removed from the handle, and contains another 1/4″-20 thread to mount the iPhone to a tripod without the handle, giving you easy access to the lenses while the phone is on a tripod.
One of the concerning issues I had with the system was the case itself, which is not exactly tough. The plastic is relatively thin and fragile feeling, and I wouldn’t say it would protect better than similarly designed and moderately priced TPU or silicone cases. If I had dropped the case, I have a feeling the whole case would crack easily and warrant replacement.
I would also like to see more lenses available for the kit, such as a macro or adjustable telephoto lens. Hopefully Schneider Optics will come out with some additional lenses in the near future.
But right now, if you are looking for a prime lens kit for the iPhone, the iPro is a good place to start looking. This system is great if you are looking to take your iPhone photography to a higher level, and need a wider aspect lens to get the shot in that tight space.
The lenses themselves are very high quality, and there is very little distortion on the wide angle lens. Schneider Optics has been making camera glass for nearly a century, so I expected nothing less.
I really like the tripod mount points myself, which are very secure and allow me to conveniently place the phone. I also think the handle design that doubles as a lens case is particularly clever and highly functional.
The one big shock, though, is the iPro Lens System demands a professional price at $200, but the quality of the glass itself can justify the price. On the other hand, the heart of the system, despite the high quality glass, is still an iPhone.
The iPro Lens System is available at their website iProLens.com for $200 and works with the iPhone 4 and 4S.