ZEISS and ExoLens have developed a telephoto and a macro-zoom lens for the Apple iPhone 6 family. This now provides smartphone photographers and videographers with three accessory lenses from the product family ExoLens with Optics by ZEISS that expand the range of application of the integrated cameras - a wide-angle lens was already introduced in June 2016. The new optics that can be mounted on the iPhone using an aluminium bracket will be available on the market from September.
Aspherical element ensures high image quality
As was already the case with the ZEISS Mutar 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens, corresponding to the angle of view of an 18 millimetres lens on a full frame camera, the new ZEISS Mutar 2.0x Asph T* telephoto lens is equipped with an aspherical element. It is therefore virtually distortion-free and offers uniform contrast and definition across the entire image field. The telephoto lens - offering the same angle of view like a 56 millimetre short telephoto lens on a full frame camera - can be used, for example, as a portrait lens.
The ZEISS Vario-Proxar 40-80 T* macro-zoom lens has a focal length of 40 to 80 millimetres. "In combination with the optics of the smartphone camera, turning the ring does not result in an increase or reduction of the field of view," Product Developer Vladan Blahnik from ZEISS explains. "Instead, the ring functions much like a manual focus with which different planes can be set. If photographers want to shoot objects that are three to five centimetres away, they turn the ring to the right as far as it will go, and to the left for objects that are five to eight centimetres away." This allows to capture objects measuring three to twelve centimetres filling the complete field of view.
In all three lenses the T* antireflective coating prevents undesired lens flares. Protection against dust and spray water makes the lenses perfect for the challenges of outdoor use.
Perfect fit thanks to aluminium bracket
The aluminium bracket used to attach the lenses to the smartphone is available in two versions: one for the iPhone models 6 and 6s, and one for the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus. The soft device-specific liner included in the kit guarantees a perfect fit without scratching. The bracket also features an integrated standard tripod thread (1/4''-20) and cold shoe mount, allowing for compatibility with additional accessories such as a microphone or an external video light.
Flexibility for more creativity
''The joint goal of ExoLens and ZEISS is to bring never-before-seen quality and versatility to the rapidly growing market of mobile photographers and videographers,'' says John E. Fellowes, Chief Executive Officer of Fellowes Brands, which owns ExoLens. ''The collaboration with ZEISS represents a truly pivotal step in the development of accessory lenses for mobile phones.''
''The quality of an image is decisively influenced by the lens and its technical properties,'' says Winfried Scherle, Head of the ZEISS Consumer Optics business group. ''The ExoLens with optics by ZEISS series has achieved the best possible balance between small size, light weight and high image quality to provide ambitious smartphone photographers with tools to support their creativity.''
Prices and availability
The recommended price of the telephoto lens is US$ 199.99, and US$ 149.99 for the macro-zoom. The lenses come with a lens hood, lens caps and a microfiber pouch. The two versions of the aluminum bracket can be purchased - with the soft device-specific liners and a microfiber pouch - at a recommended price of US$ 59.99 each. The wide-angle lens is available as a kit together with the bracket, also in two versions for the different iPhone 6 models. The kit comes with soft device-specific liners, a lens hood, a lens cap and two microfiber pouches. Cost factor: US$ 199.99 (recommended price).
The lenses and the kit can be purchased from selected camera dealers and on the ExoLens website www.exolens.com from mid-September 2016. The aluminum brackets will be available separately from October 2016. Apple will also distribute the wide-angle kits via its online store and Apple retail stores.
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