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Telephoto lens for smartphone?
Mar 3, 2024 20:16:22   #
Dbez1 Loc: Ford City, PA
 
Do any of you have experience with telephoto lenses on smartphones? I was wondering about quality and cost. When I look online, I feel most won’t live up to the quality desired. Prices range from $20 - $300+. I discount the cheap ones but don’t want to spend $300. First hand experience anyone?

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Mar 3, 2024 20:27:14   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
Almost first hand was standing next to a man at Yellowstone when a Grizzly was eating a bison. He had a phone bracket on his spotting scope. He was getting excellent pictures. I later looked up brackets and there were several. I too got good pictures and videos with my M4/3 with a 100-400mm lens. But his had more magnification.

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Mar 3, 2024 21:15:04   #
Wingpilot Loc: Wasilla. Ak
 
Like you said, the prices range from cheap to very expensive. Most of the reviews for the more affordable add-on lenses seems to rate them as mediocre, or “ok.” If you want a long zoom telephoto lens, look at the Galaxy Ultra series.

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Mar 4, 2024 09:42:55   #
pdsdville Loc: Midlothian, Tx
 
Why not just get one of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra's?

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Mar 4, 2024 11:32:06   #
Wingpilot Loc: Wasilla. Ak
 
pdsdville wrote:
Why not just get one of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra's?


I just couldn’t think what the model designation was other than “Ultra.” I might be tempted by the S24 Ultra but all my devices are Apple, so everything is linked together and use the same system. The iPhone 16 Pro Max or the suggested iPhone Ultra is rumored to have a longer optical zoom lens when it comes out. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Mar 4, 2024 11:45:35   #
Dbez1 Loc: Ford City, PA
 
All my devices are Apple and I don’t want to change for that reason. Maybe someone can add to what bsprague posted. Other than that, waiting on the 16 is another option. I don’t fully understand what Bill was recommending. Does that mean that there’s an adapter available so I can use my Nikon lenses?

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Mar 4, 2024 12:44:40   #
Wingpilot Loc: Wasilla. Ak
 
Dbez1 wrote:
All my devices are Apple and I don’t want to change for that reason. Maybe someone can add to what bsprague posted. Other than that, waiting on the 16 is another option. I don’t fully understand what Bill was recommending. Does that mean that there’s an adapter available so I can use my Nikon lenses?


What he was referring to is mounts for attaching cellphones to telescopes. You can find these at some sporting goods stores such as Sportsman’s Warehouse, Cabela’s, Bass Pro, etc. I have a spotting scope I got for watching birds and have thought of sometime getting a mount so I can attach my iPhone 13 Pro Max to it. I don’t know how good the quality of the images through a telescope is. Perhaps someone else has experience here.

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Mar 4, 2024 16:04:45   #
johnny1950 Loc: Palm Coast, Florida
 
I read a lot of reviews when I was looking for one for my I Phone 14 pro. Attaching them seems to be the big draw back. I bought the Samsung S23 Ultra and it has great telephoto lens built in. The optical is ten X which is about 260 mm and the digital 30 x which still gives great photos is a 680 mm. Good luck with whatever you decide on.
Johnny

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Mar 4, 2024 16:07:31   #
Dbez1 Loc: Ford City, PA
 
johnny1950 wrote:
I read a lot of reviews when I was looking for one for my I Phone 14 pro. Attaching them seems to be the big draw back. I bought the Samsung S23 Ultra and it has great telephoto lens built in. The optical is ten X which is about 260 mm and the digital 30 x which still gives great photos is a 680 mm. Good luck with whatever you decide on.
Johnny

If I didn’t have 2 iPads and an Apple computer, switching to the Samsung would be the way to go. I think Apple is going to need to up their game in the future.

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Mar 5, 2024 00:46:10   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
I googled for "phone bracket for spotting scope" and got a lot of hits.

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Mar 20, 2024 11:58:17   #
DRam11 Loc: Polson, MT
 
pdsdville wrote:
Why not just get one of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra's?


I purchased a Samsung S24 Ultra a week ago. I haven't done much with pictures, but here's one I took just to see what it could do. It is a jpeg taken at 10X. In phone editing was used to change dimensions and do some post processing. The mountains seen are approximately 6 miles away, across Flathead Lake. I am impressed.


(Download)

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Mar 20, 2024 12:08:23   #
Wingpilot Loc: Wasilla. Ak
 
DRam11 wrote:
I purchased a Samsung S24 Ultra a week ago. I haven't done much with pictures, but here's one I took just to see what it could do. It is a jpeg taken at 10X. In phone editing was used to change dimensions and do some post processing. The mountains seen are approximately 6 miles away, across Flathead Lake. I am impressed.


So am I. I’m like Dbez1, if I weren’t all wrapped up with iPhone, iPad, Apple watch and MacBook Pro, I’d be strongly tempted to go with the Samsung S24 Ultra, too. I’m hoping the iPhone 16 Pro Max will up the ante this fall. I plan on upgrading my iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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Mar 20, 2024 15:25:43   #
Dbez1 Loc: Ford City, PA
 
DRam, there’s no doubt about it, the S24 Ultra is definitely the king of the cellphone cameras this year. I wish my iPhone could match that. Enjoy your new phone/camera.

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Mar 20, 2024 18:15:21   #
johnny1950 Loc: Palm Coast, Florida
 
I am one model behind you and love my telephoto on the Samsung i have the 23S Ulltra. You did a great job on this photo. Keep shooting and posting. Have fun.
Johnny

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Mar 24, 2024 15:49:55   #
MrBob Loc: lookout Mtn. NE Alabama
 
Dbez1 wrote:
If I didn’t have 2 iPads and an Apple computer, switching to the Samsung would be the way to go. I think Apple is going to need to up their game in the future.


I think its just a hop scotch game... If you are invested in an Apple system , WHY throw an interloper into the mix ? I would NOT bet against either Samsung or Apple in the long run.. Upping the game is what apple does...as well as Samsung. My iMac24 with M3 Silicon is another nice rung up the ladder... Use what you have and become MORE proficient with it... The latest iterations of PP software applied to phone cams opens up a lot of new unexplored territory. I am having a blast with ON1 2024 Photo Raw with my iPhone.

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