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Discussion: Accessories for the iPhone 7+

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Now that there is the possibility of an amazing holiday to Namibia in March next year, I want to make sure that I have all the gear that I need/want! Especially with Xmas in the way when I can put forward some options to the DH :sneaky:.

I have no good lenses for the iPhone 7+ and still wonder if this is a bit of a hole in my arsenal. With such vast landscapes I wonder if a good wide angle lens isn't a necessity? I also want to invest in some lenses that are going to last longer than just the lifetime of the iPhone 7 so I am looking at lenses with 37mm threads. I like the look of the Helium Core for the iPhone 7+ https://heliumcine.com/blogs/general/helium-core-iphone-7-plus. FundyBrian, you might be interested to know that the Moment lenses with the plate work with this. Then I can get good quality lenses which will also fit with such rigs as the beastgrip if I decide to go this way in the future. My only concern is that my iPhone 7+ only just fits into my gimbal as it is and this might take it over the edge. Having said that, with this kind of landscape, a good quality tripod might be more useful anyway. I'm also thinking of getting an anamorphic lens.

So, this is my wish list and I would be grateful if anybody has any useful advice or additions to this list:
(1) Good quality light-weight tripod that can be used for a DSLR as well.
(2) A 360 degree tripod head for time-lapse. I haven't done much research into this yet. I wonder if a cheap one will suffice? https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01C9AK...n=m7Sq4pESjzXy4vIKQYu2uw&tag=hearstmagazin-21
(3) Macro, wide-angle and anamorphic lenses. Moment or Exolenses for the first two?
(4) Possible extra light such as the Blazr?

Finally, do I buy myself one of those smart zoom lenses that I attach to my iphone like the Kodak PixPro? I don't view this as true iphoneography but with wildlife I feel exposed without a good zoom camera?

What I already have:
I will be using my shoulderpod to attach my iPhone to a tripod and might get some more of this rig to attach my microphone. I also have a remote control so don't need one of those. I have a small gorilla pod as a small tripod. I have a gimbal and microphone.

All advice gratefully appreciated!
 

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(1) How tall do you need it to be when extended? When I was hunting for a packable tripod, I found that some of them cut the weight and folded size by cutting the extended height. I ended up with a Sirui T-005 (the aluminum one, not the more expensive but lighter graphite). It's workable and folds down to about 13 inches. It does have 360 degree rotation. Extends to 54 inches, I think, and weighs a little over 2 pounds.

(3) The only Moment lens I have is the telephoto, which suffers from purple fringing. But the new wide-angle is supposed to be exceptional (and likewise the v. expensive Zeiss). The new Moment mounting system is a big improvement over the old, but it also means that now you have to get a Moment case to mount the lenses. However, they now offer a battery case, which I have and which works quite well (and charges with a lightning cable). Although all the lenses they offer now are advertised as V2, they make it clear on the web site that only the wide-angle has improved glass; the other lenses are the same as the old, just with the new mount.
 

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(1) How tall do you need it to be when extended? When I was hunting for a packable tripod, I found that some of them cut the weight and folded size by cutting the extended height. I ended up with a Sirui T-005 (the aluminum one, not the more expensive but lighter graphite). It's workable and folds down to about 13 inches. It does have 360 degree rotation. Extends to 54 inches, I think, and weighs a little over 2 pounds.

(3) The only Moment lens I have is the telephoto, which suffers from purple fringing. But the new wide-angle is supposed to be exceptional (and likewise the v. expensive Zeiss). The new Moment mounting system is a big improvement over the old, but it also means that now you have to get a Moment case to mount the lenses. However, they now offer a battery case, which I have and which works quite well (and charges with a lightning cable). Although all the lenses they offer now are advertised as V2, they make it clear on the web site that only the wide-angle has improved glass; the other lenses are the same as the old, just with the new mount.
Your tripod sounds great. Just the thing I was looking for. I have a good monopod and wondered whether this might be adequate but then I remembered that I want to take a lot of time lapse.

I'm not going to bother about a telephoto lens unless we are talking about serious zoom. The existing lenses don't improve on the 7+'s own lens. I do however want a serious wide-angle and I still miss the macro lenses I had with my 6.
 

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Your tripod sounds great. Just the thing I was looking for. I have a good monopod and wondered whether this might be adequate but then I remembered that I want to take a lot of time lapse.
One thing I'd add about the Sirui I have (and by extension, all the other compact models that look similar) -- it's a bit fiddly to unfold, extend, and set up. It's not bad, but it's not something you can whip out and be ready to shoot in a flash. I never found that to be a problem.
 

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One thing I'd add about the Sirui I have (and by extension, all the other compact models that look similar) -- it's a bit fiddly to unfold, extend, and set up. It's not bad, but it's not something you can whip out and be ready to shoot in a flash. I never found that to be a problem.
Maybe I will take my mono too - it's so lightweight and 'packable'. I'm trying to encourage my DH to use one more often. I think I'm going to book a private lesson with a pro photographer before we go as a birthday present and hopefully he will get more into using a tripod.
 
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