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Hands on: Schneider iPro 2x lens for the iPhone 4

updated 12:30 am EST, Sat January 28, 2012

Latest addition to the iPro lens system

Schneider Optics was one of many companies at the Macworld iWorld expo showing off its latest accessories. Electronista stopped by the lens maker's booth to check out their latest addition to the iPro interchangeable lens system for the iPhone 4 and 4S. A 2X telephoto lens now complements the company's wide angle and fisheye lenses.

We are big fans of the iPhone's primary camera, which is arguably the highest quality shooter that can be found on any smartphone. Apple's focus on image quality, rather than competing for the highest megapixel rating, has opened the door for accessory makers to expand upon the basic capabilities.

With the 2X Tele, users can zoom in to get a closer look at a subject without slashing the resolution through digital zoom. We found the image quality to be impressive for a smartphone camera, and particularly great for portraits.

Like the rest of the iPro lenses, the new telephoto option attaches to Schneider's case via a bayonet mount. The prototype lens that we looked at was built from aluminum and solidly connected to the case, helping to eliminated any distortion if the external lens flexes out of alignment with the iPhone's camera.

The existing iPro lens package, which includes the fisheye and wide angle lenses, currently sells for $200. The new 2X Tele lens is expected to cost $100, though it remains unclear if newcomers will be able to pick up the three-lens package for a bit of a discount.

by MacNN Staff



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