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Do you wanna be a discrete Street photographer: HiLO Lens is the first right angle lens for iPhoneography

10/17/2012 ISO 1200 Magazine 1 Comments

HiLO Lens is the first right angle lens for the iPhone and iPad, it enables the user to take photos and video without the need to align the scene with the screen.

All about HiLO Lens

HiLO Lens is the first right angle lens for the iPhone4/4S/5 & iPad2/3. With HiLO Lens you'll create more memorable photos.
  1. Low angle - great for photographing young children and pets
  2. High angle - like a periscope for photographing over a crowd
  3. Wide angle - choose wide or standard, for video and photos
  4. Any surface becomes a tripod - just lay the iPhone down
  5. Self portraits & group shots - with an adjustable shutter delay

Andrew B White is a pro iPhoneographer, here is what he had to say about the HiLO Lens "...once you get your hands on one and start using it the opportunities for some very cool shots become clear. It is the sort of thing that makes you want to get out and shoot, just to see what you are going to find!” More details here.

What's inside?

HiLO Lens is full of custom designed optics, made with three lenses and a prism. The optics keep HiLO Lens tiny and capture the full field of view (FOV) of the iPhone camera.

There is also an app, which will be available for free. The app corrects for the mirroring of the image (caused by the prism) and improves image quality with some smart processing. The app provides an optional shutter delay, so you can get self/group portraits when using HiLO Lens as a tripod.
Why complex optics instead of a mirror ? Because to cover the iPhone camera's field of view a mirror would be large and ugly. HiLO Lens is small, elegant and maintains the camera's full field of view. Be aware that products using only a mirror may only be useful for video.

The Kickstarter project launched on the 16th of October 2012 and aims to raise at least $27,500 before Tuesday Nov 20.

Pledge $60 or more and you'll be pre ordering one of the very first HiLo Lenses.

To support Mark and the team behind the HiLo lens in getting the first production run underway you can visit and make a pledge.

If you like street photography, sure this lens will be your best friend to shoot on the street. I have to tell you that I was thinking in something similar for a long time.


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iPhoneographer said...

Awesome! I want one!!!