The previous generation Glif has been a constant part of my iPhone photo setup with a small tripod and the headphones as an off phone shutter release. Of course I ordered the new, adjustable Studio Neat — Glif today when it was released. It’s a nice combination of stand and tripod adaptor, and now it will work with all my phones.
I carry camera gear with me, in my backpack, just about everywhere I go. I’ve almost always had a DSLR, a point and shoot, and some kind of phone camera, and I bring some version of this set of gear with me when I go out of town, or out on the town. Sometimes, it’s a hard decision on which version of this set of gear I should bring. I mainly use my Sony NEX-7, which I absolutely love as my point and shoot now, but it’s too big to fit in my pocket comfortably, meaning that I leave it home when I would sometimes like to bring it. A lot of the time, I am just carrying my phones, and I take about half the photos I take with my iPhone 5.
I’m intrigued by the new Sony QX10 and QX100 smartphone attachments that are compatible with the iPhone. This attachment approach seems a little fiddly to me at first glance, but also seems like the next step that makes sense in the evolution of pocket camera gear. I already carry a small pack of extras for iPhone photography including a Glif, a small tripod, and the stock headphones to use as an off phone shutter trigger. This would be a natural extension of that kit, assuming it fits in my pocket comfortably. I suspect that they should have designed it with the average pocket size in mind, and doubt that they did. I’m going to take a flyer on the cheaper one and see if it fits my gear profile somewhere between just the iPhone 5 and the step up to the Sony NEX-7. As always, Digital Photography Review has a pretty thorough overview post with a lot more detail.