Schneider iPro Lens Kit

Once phone cameras were of a sufficiently high quality it was only a matter of time before the concept of supplementary lenses arrived. Schneider were an early adopter, as was I, getting this kit of 3 lenses for the iPhone 4, about 4 years ago. I’ve been using it ever since, but when I got a later generation Apple phone, kept the iPhone 4 purely as a camera for use with these lenses, mainly because the hard plastic iPro shell isn’t very protective if the phone is dropped on a hard surface, and I preferred having an everyday phone in something a bit softer & all-embracing.

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Well thought through, the phone slips into the rigid shell which acts as protection, tripod coupler and bayonet for the lenses. I say slip, but it’s more a feat of manipulative strength, once it’s on you tend to want to leave it there. The 3 lenses each bayonet into their own section of a screw-together housing, rather reminiscent of a 3 stage rocket, and the assembled tube also acts as handle which screws onto the shell, and in turn can be mounted onto a tripod as it has a 1/4″ thread on the base.
In the 4 years since I invested in iPro the range has had a facelift. The fisheye has gone, replaced with a super wide, and a macro lens has been added. I regard the loss of the fisheye as a bit of a shame, as by using the zoom on the camera the image could be taken from almost circular fisheye to full frame, which offered a lot of fun potential, see the Portmeirion shot here.

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The iPro lens set can be considered very ‘top end’, costing about £200 for the kit. Since it came out there have been numerous lens units performing the same job coming onto the market, and a stroll through Amazon will reveal the length & breadth.
A lot of the cheaper end use some sort of bulldog clip arrangement to clamp a lens onto the camera itself. There are some all-in kits like the CamKix which use a similar shell, are bundled with every lens & accessory & still somehow manages to sell for 25 quid.
At that price I’d better get a Camkix kit for comparison.

Amazon link for iLens;

http://tinyurl.com/hhxoauy

black + white = FOMA

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‘Darkside’ as a name was chosen because of the emphasis on darkroom related photography using materials bearing photo emulsion.

As a trading activity Darkside Ltd imports into the UK & distributes the Czech made Foma black & white materials, as well as other interesting analogue stuff. See below the Zero Image pinhole cameras that are just about to land.


UK Foma Dealers

PS_logoProcess Supplies
13-25 Mount Pleasant ~ London ~ WC1X 0AR
http://www.processuk.net


Parallax_LogoParallax Photo Co-Op
https://parallaxphotographic.coop


MrCAD_LogoMr CAD
12 Upper Tachbrook Street
London ~ SW1V 1SH
http://www.mrcad.co.uk


RK_LogoRK Photographic
Unit 7 Devonshire Business Centre
Cranborne Road Industrial Estate
Potters Bar EN6 3JR
http://www.thedarkroom.co.uk


Ag_Photo_LogoAg Photographic
Unit 6  Phoenix Business Park
Avenue Road ~ Birmingham B7 4NU
http://www.ag-photographic.co.uk


SP_LogoSilverprint
Albany Business Park
Unit 26 ~ Cabot Lane ~ Poole ~BH17 7BX
https://www.silverprint.co.uk


JTH_LogoJack the Hat Photographic
7 Curzon Street ~ Maryport ~ Cumbria CA15 6LL
https://www.jackthehat.co.uk


CameraBox_LogoCamera Box
http://camera-box.com


Morco_LogoMorco
College Farmhouse ~ Cromwell
Newark ~ Notts ~ NG32 6JE
http://www.morco.uk.com


UK Foma Dealer Distribution

Process Supplies Ltd
13-25 Mount Pleasant
London
WC1X 0AR
tel. 0207 837 2179