PhotoPlus finished up today with me wandering around seeing if I missed anything while scurrying from interview to interview the previous two days. There were a couple things that I did manage to notice.
At Photokina 2010, Alpa of Switzerland unveiled an accessory for their Alpa 12 line of scale focused rangefinder cameras. The Alpa iPhone Holder allows you to use your iPhone (3/4 & iPod Touch) mounted on your Alpa 12 camera. From their website:
The new ALPA iPhone® holder allows the technophile photographers using their iPhone® 3/4 and iPod touch® (later also others) a secure and firm mounting of their device on top of an ALPA. It fits all ALPA 12 models. It can be used in several positions:
- horizontal, symmetric
- horizontal, minimum prallax
- vertical, minimum parallax
- electronic viewfinder (ALPA recommends apps like “Viewefinder Pro” or “ProCamera”)
- as GPS logger
- as control unit for electronic shutters and the like
- as digital notepad
- other apps are under development
Expected price: USD 606.00/ EUR 479.00
I want this rig…
Hasselblad marketing went into overdrive today with six major press releases and two backgrounder releases. They announced everything from a new entry-level H4D-31 system priced at
€9,995, a limited edition Ferrari H4D, two new lenses, a new digital back for the V System, a preview of a 200Mpx (you read that right) sensor, an H4D firmware update, three new versions of Phocus including versions for the iPhone/iPad and a light version called Phocus Quick.
Here is a Flickr slideshow with all of the press images. The full press releases will be after the jump.
The Apple iPhone has the distinction of being one of the most sought after gadgets of that last two years. My wife and I caved in this October and got ourselves a pair. With features and functions that suit the needs of an incredibly diverse audience, the svelte, smooth iPhone is the current go-to gadget on the market. Protecting this technological marvel has become a bit of an industry with scores of holsters, skins, and hard cases available at your local Apple Store. For those folks who crave the iPhone but often find themselves in harsh environments, the designers at Otterbox have come to the rescue. The Otterbox 3G Defender case for iPhone is not so much a case as it is a suit of armor for your iPhone 3G. Think of it as Tony Stark’s iPhone case (his would be red and gold however).
The Otterbox 3G Defender is a double shell protective case that allows the iPhone to easily survive in environments that would normally be fatal and warranty-voiding. The 3G Defender uses a hard polycarbonate inner shell with covers for the earpiece, microphone, and speakers. The inner shell also integrates a cover for the iPhone’s touchscreen. If you already have a touchscreen “skin” installed, I am happy to report that the double layer of protection does not impede the screen’s operation in any way. The hard inner shell is then covered by a silicone skin that adds grippy-ness and protects against bumps and shocks. It also provide silicone covers to all of the iPhones switches and access ports, sealing out dust and moisture.
Let me make this perfectly clear: this is not a waterproof housing for your iPhone 3G, so don’t plan on using it underwater. It does, however, ruggedize your iPhone to a point where you can feel better about using it at construction sites, factories, or anyplace else where the iPhone’s delicate features would get marred or scratched. Just don’t plan on hammering nails with it.
The holster holds the iPhone VERY securely, almost obsessively so. You have to practice removing/replacing the iPhone to get good at it. I would do that before running off into the field with it as it may cost you a couple of missed calls before you get the hang of it. The holster also has openings so as not to muffle the speakers which is a nice touch.
* Unmatched protection for your iPhone 3G
* Provides dust and moisture seals for all vulnerable points on the iPhone 3G
* Adds grippy outer cover to the iPhone 3G
* Includes cover screen for the iPhone 3G’s touch screen
* Includes latching holster
* Holster requires a little practice to remove the iPhone. May cause you to miss a few calls while you get used to it.
* Adds to the size of the iPhone, but not by much.
* Grippy outer cover makes it difficult to extract from tight jeans pockets – wear cargo pants.
In conclusion, if you want to take your iPhone 3G on a hike, out to a construction site, or you are worried about your case of chronic butterfingers the Otterbox 3G Defender is the case of choice for your iPhone 3G.