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Beastgrip Pro hopes to tame phoneographyThis combination phone rig and Canon EF lens adapter hits Kickstarter.
[MUSIC] A newly kickstarted project, Beastgrip Pro and Depth of Field Adapter is a shooting rig for your phone that supports not only 37 millimeter **** in lenses, but Canon EF mount lenses as well. It's cleverly designed and well thought out, and it promises to be a very useful tool for phoneographers. It's the one that ships in August. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Beastgrip Pro and DOF Adaptor. This is what the Beastgrip Pro looks like in its fully assembled form. It's got a big grip, adjustable spring loaded clamp sections for phones of most sizes, and multiple standard **** mounting holes. And it'll cost $90. As the name implies, the 150 dollar DOS adapter allows you to add better lenses for more control over background defocus than is possible with these smaller closer lenses. Now you've seen it assembled, here's how it gets that way. First you can start with just the grip side. If you want you can just clamp your phone in it and use it as a better grip for taking photos or videos. This is the mount side, it slides in the other rails. To insert the phone you just push up, and slide in. You have to align. It through the lens opening. And then you tighten it in place. Next you **** in the lenses. This is 10x close up lens that it comes with VScript Pro and you'll most likely need it at the bottom of your depth of field adapter stack. You, it comes with several 37 mm lenses that you can attach and stack, whatever. Next, you put a 10X macro converter that converts the 37 mm mount to the 52 mm mount, next comes the focusing screen mechanism. This to me is the most difficult part because. The focusing screen floats between two different **** mounts, and I find it very tricky to make sure that it's level when you're screwing in all these pieces that may turn a little bit. Next, comes the EF mount, and that just screws in also. And finally, the EF lens of your choice. I just happened to have this one sitting around, it's probably a little big if you're gonna be shooting hand held but, it's fine if you're on a tripod. So notice what happens if the focusing screen is not level, but also notice, that the image is flipped, you will probably need an application that can flip it back the other way, such as. Filmic pro for video which is what I tested with. You can also mount anything that has a typical cold shoe mount like an LED panel or microphone. Other caveats are that you really have to use a lens faster than f/2.8 for optimal effect. And if you're shooting through multiple lenses and other obstructions the quality does take a bit of a hit. Overall though, it's a really clever- and though not pretty- it's quite elegantly designed. Here's hoping they make their goal.