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OWLE Bubo for the iPhone...worth it?

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1. Posted by John Paul (Full Member 19 posts) 6y

Hi folks,

I'm looking for a photography solution, and what better a forum to ask than all over you photography professionals and enthusiasts, on Travellerspoint!

As much as I would LOVE one, I don't really want to travel with a beautiful Canon DSLR. I'd be gutted if I lost it, broke it, or worse yet - if it were stolen from me while traveling. I'm already going to be laden down with either an Apple MacBook laptop computer OR an Apple iPad; to do my online classes whilst traveling.

So, I'd basically love to utilize my iPhone as much as possible. The new one has a 5MP sensor, and I'm fine with that. I don't do anything professional with my photos, and I always end up shrinking them down to put them online, or email to friends. I have a Canon 7MP point and shoot, but still, I'm trying to travel as light as possible.

Back to my point - I came across this nifty device for the iPhone. Basically, you plug your iPhone into this 'cradle', and it allegedly gives you a slightly better shot. It only bumps it up to 37mm, but that's still better than the iPhone alone. If I lost it AND my iPhone, I'm only out a few hundred bucks, as opposed to almost an easy grand with a nice DSLR. (which I will still get one day!)

My question is, do any of you think this lens system is worth it? If they get the optical kinks out of it, (the OWLE Bubo is ready for production, but they are still working out kinks of adapting larger lenses) I'd love one!

(FYI: I'm not affiliated with these guys AT ALL, I'd just like to post a link, so you all can see what I'm talking about easily!)

Don't mind their 'DSLR' nomenclature!
And the original one, that's ready...I think!

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!



2. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

If you're worried about optics and weight then there's no point in buying it. Why pay good money to downgrade? This product weighs in at over half a kilo and seems a compromise at best. Your Canon point and shoot is almost certainly better in both respects and you already own it. Just my thoughts.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Aug-2010, at 18:21 by fabyomama ]

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

I'm with fabyomama; if weight is one of your concerns, why even consider this? It might make sense if you are thinking of shooting a lot of videos, but for photos I really don't see the point...

4. Posted by John Paul (Full Member 19 posts) 6y're both right. I would mostly take photos anyways, not video.

Thanks for the advice!

5. Posted by John Paul (Full Member 19 posts) 6y

Thanks again for the tips folks, I think I'm going to go with a real DSLR, and just accept the extra weight as the cost of better memories and photographs.


6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

There's rarely a right answer in these things - weight, security, purpose of the picture. I also suggest decent insurance for peace of mind and to keep your memory cards separate from the equipment - preferably on you at all times, not in a bag. Anyway, good luck with it all. Hope all goes well.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Aug-2010, at 05:09 by fabyomama ]

7. Posted by John Paul (Full Member 19 posts) 6y

Actually Fabyomama, that brings me to another question...

Regarding memory cards, what are some good 'tech specs' to look for (aside from storage capacity)? I've heard something about transfer rates for cards to and from computers -etc, and different companies having better reliability against data corruption?

Any good advice in this area?