Thursday, May 24, 2012

Product Review: Phocus Accent Rig for iPhone 4 & 4S

< So my new Phocus Accent iPhone rig ($99) arrived in the mail yesterday.  This is the Owle Bubo rig upgrade, and I have to say it's quite an impressive new tool for shooting video with your iPhone.  First thing, the composite material is extremely lightweight (lighter than phone), and is a huge change over the previous 99-pound aluminum version.  The Accent comes with a wide angle (macro) and telephoto lens, and has a 37mm lens threading for adding a professional lens adpater (for DSLR lenses).  It has (x3) 1/4-20 mounts, and a coldshoe for mounting gear, like a light or microphone.

< It comes like this.  There is one wide angle lens, a duplicate wide angle lens, and one telephoto lens (with dust cloth).  The Accent body has a 37mm brass threaded lens mount, but it doesn't add weight to the feather-like feel of the Accent.

< Slide your iPhone 4 or 4S inside the Accent.  It's snug as a bug in a rug.  There are ports for power and audio, and the 1/4-20 mounts are perfect for tripod mounting.  The Accent's design keeps the iPhone completely secure inside its walls.  With a lens cap, this thing travels nicely.

< The front of the Phocus Accent mounted on a Bogen Magic Arm.

< Sideview showing the new power port opening (top) and audio port opening (lower).  Thin is in.

< Overall: "A" - the new lightweight composite material and phone-clamp design style solve two huge issues with the previous Owle Bubo product.  While the included lenses aren't quite high end, the 37mm lens mount can be upgraded with the EnCinema 35mm SLR adapter to add professional lens quality and depth of field to your iPhone video.  Would love to see a set of Zeiss Accent lenses.  I can dream.  If you're serious about your iPhone video, this rig system is the one to own.  Phocus Accent $99.

< Accent wide angle shot + iPhone 4S

< Accent telephoto shot + iPhone 4S to match above wide angle shot.  I moved back about 3 feet and re-composed.

< Accent wide angle from same spot as telephoto shot above.

< Macro with the Phocus Accent lens.

< I added the neck strap from my 5DMK3 to the Phocus Accent with an SLR C-Loop mount connector.  I slid in the iPhone, and went for a nice hour long walkabout.  It's cool that the Accent can carry my phone, as well as be ready for a photograph.

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