I was lucky enough to meet the folks from iPro Lens at CES last January and they offered me an iPro lens to use and review. My plan was to use it in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress and that’s exactly what I did. Plus I’ve been using it ever since for all my photography needs. It’s been the best accessory I’ve ever had for my iPhone. My pictures seem so much more vivid and my video are crisp as they’ve ever been. The best part was I could get much closer to my subjects when I was doing video interviews but with the wide angle lens it gave the impression I was a few feet away.
When I walk around using the iPro Lens I get asked about it all the time and everybody thinks it’s the coolest thing. I’ve included a picture I took with it and you can see the quality of the lens. I’m not a photography buff but this makes it look like I am. Many of my pictures look like they were taken with an SLR and by a professional.
The general set up is a phone case with a 1/4 turn slot on surrounding the camera lens and 2 lenses that attach to it. The case also has an attachment on each side to screw the case to a tripod or to the lens carrier in the shape of a small cylinder. It’s super portable and the best set up I’ve seen. I only have 1 single complaint about the gear and that’s that the iPhone case is sharp at the top and bottom but it’s never been a problem for me, I just don’t particularly like that aspect of it.
I’m absolutely in love with the iPro Lens and don’t go anywhere without it now. It’s been the best addition to my gear in the last year. By the way it costs $200 on the makers website SchneiderOptics.com.
I also got a Sirui Series P monopod from Argraph that I used in conjunction with the iPro Lens. It was amazing in Barcelona, I was able to get coverage I never could have before and my videos are much steadier then they have ever been. I was very happy with the weight and size of the monopod as well as having it around in case I needed to swat at any thief’s.
Specifically I have the Carbon Fibre model P326 and it sells for $140. It includes a little compas (I used that a few times in Barcelona) and it’s attached to a wrist strap. There’s a rubber foot that twists back to expose a pointy spike for use on all terrain and any type of thief.
For transparency, I got both units to review.