SLR-iPhone system threatens DSLR’s future
Elena Vnorovscaia / Chişinău / Moldova.ORG / -- iPhone DSLR project is a case, +20 diopter, a DOF adapter, and DSLR lens mount. The sturdy aluminum case includes two tripod mounts - for vertical/horizontal shots.
With the different mounts one should be able to attach a wide array of Nikon and Canon lenses to capture various depth of field shots and use the optical zoom on the lens. Yes, the case-adapter combo lets one mount the Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to the iPhone 4.
To turn one’s iPhone 4 into a DSLR using real SLR lenses is easy now. All one need is to attach the adapter to the iPhone via the included iPhone case and to mount SLR lens to the adapter.
Telephoto, wide angle and macro become available for the IPhones now.
But some experts are concerned about the next issues:
1) One looses 1-2 F-stops when using the DOF adapter but this can be addressed by using a lense with a manual aperture ring.
2) DOF adapters use ground glass as a projection screen so one may experience grainy images due to the glass
3) Vignetting is a common problem when creating setup like this.
4) Because this setup uses a DOF adapter, one can find that the images taken with it are flip-flopped.
5) The images will still have to go through the poor quality glass on the iPhone – so image quality will be hindered by the iPhone’s glass
6) The iPhone still has to procress the images and as of now, image processor is so small that it struggles to get high quality images out.
Anyway the most seductive idea, as the ads say, is that you'll be putting the SLR lenses you already have to use with the camera you always have with you - your phone.
Plus, two loopholes on each end of the case let you tie on a camera strap, so you can hang it around your neck just like your real DSLR.