Moondog Labs, great name. My attention was drawn to this product as I was researching the potential for iOS and smart device filmmaking. Cameras in smart devices and cell phones are becoming increasingly potent, viable and cost effective to the struggling filmmaker. To this end it only goes to say that third party manufacturers are going to take notice and devise support products accordingly. I am of course talking about the Moondog Labs 1.33x Anamorphic Lens the earlier models of which clipped over the camera lens of the version of the smart device they were created for. With a newer edition lens fitted to a 37mm thread Moondog Labs has availed this glass as a viable option for use with the range of smart device cages on offer from companies like iOgrapher for example.
As a time-lapse photographer I found the Moondog Labs Anamorphic Lens particularly pleasing as it allows me to accomplish the very cinematic feel of the 2.39:1 Aspect ratio with a very simple workflow. For those of you interested in that editing technique I have created a Video Tutorial about how to go about accomplishing that. To give those of you an idea of the aspect ratio, that is the visual dimensions of the media, the image at the top of this page is an actual still taken from the final video. This extreme ‘letterbox’ aesthetic is becoming increasingly popular amongst filmmakers. The Moondog Labs Anamorphic Lens allows you to become a part of that emerging trend by catering to the creativity of emerging filmmakers and photographers alike.
Needless to say once I recently replaced my iPhone 6 with an iPhone6S+ I had to test the camera quality. Heading down to the waterfront of Yokohama Bay here in Japan I shot in the mid morning from a pier looking towards the city skyline. As you can see with the clarity and quality of the image above the results are more than pleasing. This tutorial hopefully goes some way to showing folks how that camera that normally rests in their pockets can actually accomplish good things with a little bit of effort. Beyond the Selfie, Pet and Food photographs there is a World of creativity available at your fingertips, you just need to get out there and give it a whirl.