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Phocus Case Lets You Use DSLR Lenses With Your iPhone

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For things like daytime shooting, smartphone cameras are becoming more and more efficient at getting the job done. Today's newest smartphones are capable of taking incredible photos out of the box, but some companies have gone even further to create camera attachments. While it isn't the first lens-attaching case for the iPhone, Phocus may be the first iPhone case that allows the attachment of professional-level lenses.We've seen our share of iPhone cases with their own assortment of lenses, but any photographer can tell you their laughable quality when compared to professional level DSLR lenses from Canon or Nikon. Luckily for all of the hipsters out there with a plethora of DSLR lenses and an iPhone, Phocus attaches right onto the phone letting users upload or email high quality photos immediately.

Casual iphotographers without DSLR equipment can still enjoy the Phocus however, as it comes with its own collection of lenses. The case comes in two options, $100 for a two lens package or $135 for a three lens package. Those looking to attach DSLR lenses to the case will have to pay quite a bit more for the required adapter: $220 for Canon and $245 for Nikon. Everything can be purchased directly from the Phocus store located here.

 

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    ohim , July 23, 2012 5:05 PM
    I don`t get it , you can afford the luxury price for an iphone and you can`t afford buying a proper DSLR with kit lens ? What is the world comming to ... next a big lens that enables your iphone to display the equivalent 24" lcd monitor ?
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    ohim , July 23, 2012 5:05 PM
    I don`t get it , you can afford the luxury price for an iphone and you can`t afford buying a proper DSLR with kit lens ? What is the world comming to ... next a big lens that enables your iphone to display the equivalent 24" lcd monitor ?
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    K2N hater , July 23, 2012 5:20 PM
    Awesome... Now fanboys will claim the iPhone has the best camera of the market...
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    killabanks , July 23, 2012 5:25 PM
    icepick314aren't digital photographs all about sensor quality and not the lens?please correct me if I'm wrong...

    i believe its the other way around all about the lens sensor is secondary
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2012 5:28 PM
    Both. Small sensors with many pixels are poor in low light, e.g. noisy. Optics play a big role as well, allowing for depth of field, etc. An f/2 aperture on an iphone is probably equivalent to about f/4.5-f/5.6 on an slr
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    silentbobdc , July 23, 2012 5:28 PM
    You're right Killabanks. If you don't have good optics (aka lenses) you've got nothing. The best sensor in the world can only record the image its provided and what its provided comes through the lens.
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    sylvez , July 23, 2012 5:45 PM
    light passes through the pro level lens in this attachment, then goes through the original iphone lens. Unless the pro level lens is designed to counter all lens irregularities in the iphone lens, I really don't see how this is useful.
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    ohim , July 23, 2012 5:45 PM
    icepick314aren't digital photographs all about sensor quality and not the lens?please correct me if I'm wrong...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk5IMmEDWH4 this will answer your question
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    eddieroolz , July 23, 2012 6:03 PM
    Just buy a damn DSLR...
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    leo2kp , July 23, 2012 6:38 PM
    The sensors in these phones are better than the lense that they use. A bigger aperature lense would help, but like others have mentioned, why not just by a DSLR at that price?
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    glasssplinter , July 23, 2012 7:41 PM
    If you're willing to carry all of this around why not just get a small point and shoot digital? I'm sure it will take better pictures than this whole setup and maybe set you back like what $150? This is every photographers dream! Now you can lug an 800mm lens out and take pictures on your iphone so you can still have horrible pictures. Sad thing is these isheep will buy it. Get ready for a flood of galleries featuring iphone pictures now because hey, they used a "pro" Tamron or Vivitar lens and can't tell the difference between DSLR pictures and their Diphone camera.
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    back_by_demand , July 23, 2012 8:37 PM
    Weeks ago in this very forum I posed this as a suggestion, to attach DSLR lenses to a smartphone, I wonder if they are going to sue me?
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    CaedenV , July 23, 2012 10:01 PM
    icepick314aren't digital photographs all about sensor quality and not the lens?please correct me if I'm wrong...

    killabanksi believe its the other way around all about the lens sensor is secondary

    Think of it like a gaming computer, you can have the greatest GPU in the world, but if you are running on a Pentium 3 there is simply no way you can play games on it. Vice versa, no amount of CPU horsepower can make up for a junk GPU. It is a system where the parts complement eachother.

    The best image sensor in the world will not make up for bad optics, while the best optics in the world cannot make up for a bad sensor (unless shooting low resolution with a ton of light.. and even then...), the weakest link will always be where the problems show most.

    As others have mentioned, if you can afford this, why not just buy a camera? It would be so much better quality. Or better yet, make a case like this for a phone that does have a good camera.
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    nebun , July 23, 2012 10:57 PM
    how do i mount a canon "L" lens on that thing?
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2012 11:09 PM
    Sorry guys, not the first
    http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/iphone-slr-mount
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    kryzzay , July 24, 2012 12:03 AM
    Seriously..... Tool product of the year.
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    hawkwindeb , July 24, 2012 1:59 AM
    CaedenVThink of it like a gaming computer, you can have the greatest GPU in the world, but if you are running on a Pentium 3 there is simply no way you can play games on it. Vice versa, no amount of CPU horsepower can make up for a junk GPU. It is a system where the parts complement eachother.The best image sensor in the world will not make up for bad optics, while the best optics in the world cannot make up for a bad sensor (unless shooting low resolution with a ton of light.. and even then...), the weakest link will always be where the problems show most.

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    You beat me to it and hit the nail on the head!! It's not one or the other it's is most definitely BOTH. Both the optics and the sensor make a "system" for capturing light. The better the "system" the better the resulting image that can be stored. Note that I state "can be stored" since another important part of the overall system besides capturing light, is how (and to what extent) the image is processed/manipulated and then how it is stored as in what level if any compression is used.
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    elcentral , July 24, 2012 2:57 AM
    got the Nokia n8 and i would love this kind of shell, getting my nokia 808 next week and this kind off equipment would be 100% right for the 41Mp
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    Anonymous , July 24, 2012 3:32 AM
    The iPhone 4S's sensor is a 1/3.2" type with a crop factor of 7.6...getting the DSLR adapter is useless for normal shooting since a normal 50mm lens becomes a 380mm telephoto equivalent!! Of course, if you're into extreme zooms, that's another story...a 200mm lens becomes 1520mm! (~50X magnification)
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