Not everyone can or wants to carry around a DSLR camera with a long lens. But then, sometimes you want to take a picture of something distant and your cellphone camera just might not do the job.
Now, thanks to the people at Carson Optical, there’s an alternative called HookUpz. The HookUpz comes in two models. The one attaches your iPhone 4,4S, or 5 to a pair of binoculars you already own. The better your binoculars, the better your photos will be. Check for compatible models here.
The other HookUpz is a similar bracket for your iPhone and it attaches to a supplied 7 x 18mm monocular. The monocular is completely focusable (manually) from 10” up to infinity.
Similar models are available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 – both binocular and monocular.
Life without Hookupz
So I set up a tripod in my yard, about 10 yards from my carved wooden bear and his OSU football. I then shot a picture by using the digital zoom on the iPhone and then cropping the bear into a square picture. The results were pretty pathetic. See image IP.
Now adding a HookUpz
Repeating the process, I photographed the bear using the IB-542 binocular mount, then the IC-518 monocular mount and then I also used my point and shoot Nikon P7700 – one of the sharpest compact cameras I’ve ever used.
First of all, when using the Hookupz, you are going to see a round image in a rectangular frame.
The camera’s field of view needs to be narrowed since it’s going through the long telephoto effect of the binocular or monocular. So you’ll want to zoom in a little so that your image fills the frame.
Now let’s compare.
Image HB was taken with IB-542 and my pair of Nikon 9x25 binoculars. They aren’t listed on Carson’s compatible list, but they worked very well.
Image HM was taken with the IC-518 and the 7 x 18 mm monocular – which incidentally can be used independently from the HookUpz holder. Super compact, it’s easy to slip into your pocket for the theater, sporting events, etc. Again the picture is pretty nice.
Image N was taken with my Nikon P7700. It wins the quality contest, but one would expect it to. It cost $499.00 and that’s what you would expect.
You’ll have to decide what’s right for you, but at a MSRP of $21 for the binocular model and $29.99 for the monocular model, how can you go wrong with the HookUpz? Street price is often even less. That’s an amazing deal if you want to do iPhone or Samsung telephoto photography. Click here for a list of retailers.
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