iphone + binoculars = great optical zoom (with example pics)

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  1. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Will post some pictures soon - but I just tried out taking some pictures with the iphone using my binoculars in preparation for an upcoming cruise and the results are pretty cool. Hard to hold both steady - but it definitely works... (see post below)
     
  2. Etnies419 macrumors 6502

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    Now all we need is a case which has a mono binocular attached to the back. Maybe something similar to that handle grip to use while recording movies.
     
  3. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    They've had those since the 1st gen.... still a terrible idea.
     
  4. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    See below. Both are taken of the same "area" outside my window. Binocs are bushnell 8x42mm
     

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    That's pretty cool; I'll give it a shot. You're gonna' have to start a new thread: "iPhone pics with your binoculars/monocular".....:p:p:p
     
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    Who needs flash when you can have night vision!
     
  7. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    ...and real night vision. Not just a photo shot with a green tint
     
  8. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    anybody here have the app called "camera flash"
    is it any good?
     
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    Why would you carry an iPhone and binoculars with you instead of investing in a decent digital SLR camera with a telephoto lens? The picture quality isn't very good through the iPhone as it is... add more glass to that and the quality is going to degrade even more.

    Get a digital SLR and learn how to use a real camera.
     
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    I was able to do this with my spotting scope in my backyard.

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  14. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    Thanks. I have a DSLR. In fact I have some of the top of the line video, audio and still gadgetry.

    I never said it was something to replace a normal camera. But in a pinch when I don't want to lug MORE heavy equipment around than I already am (i.e. I'm hiking and already have my binocs and phone) - it's a quick "fix" if I want to snap a shot of something. It's called making use of tools already at your disposal.

    Aren't you (TheSpaz) who removed all his apps that he didn't use so he could have a streamlined device? No extras?

    Obviously it's NO replacement for a digital camera (or film camera) with a good optical zoom.
     
  15. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    Nice!
     
  16. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Good. I didn't want to think that you were actually shooting photos like this. I love my DSLR, but I haven't been using it much lately. I should start shooting again. I love photography.
     
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    Wow. That post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A
     
  18. mrtune macrumors 6502a

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    I can't even believe that worked as well as it did. Looks like it works fantastic in a pinch. Cool!

    I wonder for those with a telescope can use this trick to take some shots of stars and planets with their iPhone?
     
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  20. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    As long as enough light hits the camera - it should work...
     
  21. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    Wasn't there a MR post a while back where someone took their iPhone 2G to a huge telescope and photographed some celestial body? I remember thinking that was pretty cool.

    Now I've gotta try this with my binoculars. :D
     
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    My next picture will be my pellet rifle crosshairs on the stupid woodchuck that lives in my yard. First picture will show the woodchuck living, second shot will show the woodchuck a little lifeless.

    I already shot the thing once but the thing is so fat it didn't die. Resilient creatures.
     
  23. rfrankl macrumors 6502

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    My buddy does this with his camera phone/binoculars at the port when a boat with hot chicks goes by LOL.
     
  24. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    But but but.. why would you need binoculars on your camera if it's dead. Just walk up to it and shoot ... I mean take a picture LOL
     

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