iPhone’s camera popularity has been on the rise for quite some time. It’s recent news that currently iPhone 4 is ruling Flickr’s top camera rankings for number of total uploads. If you ask iPhone photographers what’s so special in their camera of choice, each and any of them will give you different answers. Among the most appreciated qualities in Apple’s smartphone, ease of use and often unforeseen creative possibilities will be listed as some of the most frequent.
In spite of all the great apps and effects available today, what prevents some users from truly enjoying iPhone’s camera features is the lack of control over fundamental aspects of photography, first of all focus — although a few photographers will affirm these limitations are part of the charm of the medium. It is now possible to make up for iPhone’s deficiency thanks to the SRL mount, a simple device to attach SRL lenses to the iPhone’s body to power up mobile picture taking.
Looking at SRL mount’s pre-release images, you will see that it is basically an aluminum case equipped with lens adapter and two tripod mounts (one for vertical and anther for horizontal positioning). Other than that, the case conveniently features an UV filter and two strap loops for better portability. The SRL mount will work both with Nikon SLR and Canon EOS (not compatible with Canon EF-S and FD) lenses. The adapter will support most lenses, from telephoto to wide angle and macro, and it will grant iPhone users similar control over depth of field of DSRL cameras. However, the case will only be compatible with iPhone 4‘s body.
Must-have or not? Well, this of course depends on what are your requirements and what kind of photographer you are. Among aspects to take into account, the fact the SRL mount will give users control over manual focus, but it won’t allow autofocus. Also, given the absence of mirror within the adapter, photos taken with it will appear upside down. Finally, assuming many photographers like iPhone also and especially for its excellent accessibility and hassle-free approach in comparison to DSRL cameras, the SRL mount will be more of a gimmick than an essential accessory.
The SRL mount for iPhone 4 will be released in mid-August and it will be available for $249 through Photojojo website.