If you're like me... by which I mean clumsy as !!#$, you want permanent protection on your iPhone. Permanent..shall we say.."life"proof protection, or as my parents would say "Jade"proof...
Also if you’re like me… by which I mean incapable (some would say unwilling) to learn all the buttons on a DSLR, you want to be able to use your iPhone as a camera, and that means it’d be nice to be able to throw a couple different lenses on it.
Now there’s a plethora of highly advanced lenses for your iPhone out there, one case even allows you to put ANY DSLR lens on your phone, no joke. But unfortunately, most are incompatible with permanent and waterproof protection for your phone.
Sure you can get gopro like casings like this Hitcase that come equipped with a wide angle lens.
Or you can get some plastic sleeves to throw your phone in when you’re dangerously close to water like the Scuba Suit or the Drycase…. but I don’t want a gopro, and I never know when someone’s going to push me into the pool.
I want a phone that I can take artistic photos with, AND won’t fry when I forget I left it in my back pocket before taking a pee
(guilty. as. charged.)
Now if you’ve learned anything about me yet, you should know I’m stubborn, and unwilling to compromise sometimes, so I did my research.
I started with the water protection, because I paid more for this phone than I’m willing to admit, and if I MUST compromise it’ll be on photo quality, not permanent electrocution and death of my device.
I found that the Lifeproof case is by far my favorite on the market, because it’s been around a REALLY long time, because mostly the reviews are great, and because it’s really slim. (nope, they’re not paying me a cent for this) (but, lifeproof, if you guys are reading, Heeeaaaaaayyyyyyy!)
The new one for the 5 doesn’t have a plastic thing over the screen which most people complained about and instead makes a water-tight seal directly with the glass on the phone.
It’s recommended you test its waterproofness with their sham phone instead, so I did. No leaks, works great.
I’d love to tell you it works with the actually phone in too, but I’m chicken $#*! and haven’t tried it.
Don’t judge me, like I said, I don’t plan on using it like a go-pro, I just want to make sure it doesn’t accidentally fry.
How about you try it with yours and tell me how it went ;)
- access to all the buttons
- seamless touch-screen function
- no one can hear me on the phone unless I open the little flap for the charger, so hopefully I don’t trip in a puddle while I’m on the phone.
- the sound is distorted a bit, I don’t mind too much, but others might
- the jack access slots are tiny and might need adaptors for some accessories (it comes with a headphones adaptor)
It’s pretty easy to pop the thing on and off again, but Lifeproof only recommends doing this 55 times until the warranty’s null, so I can’t do that every time I want to take a picture.
Thus the only solution I found that would allow me to put lenses on my phone, with my case on, was the Photojojo magnetic lenses for all mobile devices. (they’re not paying me either, however if you get their lenses from this link, you get $5 off, and I get a $5 credit, so that’s nice for everyone)
Lifeproof and Photojojo
They come with little magnetic rings you stick onto your device and then you pop them on and off as you see fit.
It’s pretty awesome.
HOWEVER they’re not technically made to be used with a case, so some issues do come up with the Lifeproof + Photojojo lens combo.
Namely, the wide angle and fisheye give you a mandatory vignette effect around the corners, and it’s hard to focus on what you actually want to focus on, it seems the focal length has been moved by exactly the distance of the width of the case, but it’s not too hard to work around it.
Take a look for yourself, these pics are the first that I took with the Lifeproof + Photojojo combination, and have not been altered at all.
Yes, that’s a home-made light box, thanks for noticing our ghetto photo skillz.
Thanks Photojojo for the Dino Pet!
As you get used to the combination, you’ll get better at using them. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the only way to take a picture like this:
while still making sure your phone is 100% waterproof.
One day I’ll muster up the courage to submerge my phone underwater and let you know how that works out.
I don’t think the lenses are made to go underwater though, there are a lot of places the water could get in under the glass and get stuck and give you all kinds of problems, so don’t do it.
What’s your favorite photography combination?
Photojojo now sells a lifeproof case they call the iPhone Supersuit. They still don’t specifically recommend to use their lenses with it, but they’ve started pushing it anyway.