Is This The Future Of iPhone Photography? (Reeflex G-Series Lenses First Look)
There will always be a gap in the quality of photos you can get with an actual camera and lens and a smartphone. That's because of several indisputable factors related to physics, sensor size, the distance between the lens and the sensor, and other things. However, I don't mean to imply that you should write off mobile photography. Not even close! Rather, it's important to look at how the advancements in computational photography and AI—both of which play critical roles within your phone's camera system—have catapulted what a photographer can achieve with that small pocket device.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Main Camera + ReeXpose | 45 seconds
In 2022, Apple announced the iPhone 14 Pro line. While it included a bunch of exciting improvements, the most significant one for me, as a photographer, was the inclusion of a new 48-megapixel sensor bound to the main camera lens. I knew right away that this would significantly change my approach to photography.
I love my Sony cameras and lenses. I really do. However, I love convenience and having a powerful camera that I take wherever I go more. That's the hard truth of it. I may take my Sony system with me a handful of times when I go out, but I take my iPhone with me 100% of the time. It is never not with me. And now that it has a sensor capable of resolving some truly beautiful photos, I find myself moving increasingly into the mobile-first, or maybe mobile-only, camera camp.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Main Camera + ReeXpose | 4 seconds
While my iPhone 15 Pro Max has three lenses (well, seven if you buy Apple's marketing spin), I prefer using the main camera with its 48-megapixel sensor as often as possible. As you can imagine, that can be limiting. It'd be akin to me telling you that you can only ever use a 24mm lens, which is the full-frame equivalent of the iPhone 15 Pro's main camera.
Sure, I'll switch to the longer 5x 120mm equivalent telephoto lens when I need extra reach, but that is bound to a smaller 12-megapixel sensor. Yes, 12 megapixels is sufficient for many scenarios, but not all. That's why I'm so excited about Reeflex's new G-Series lenses, built specifically to take advantage of the larger sensors and optics of the newer-generation iPhones.
iPhone 13 Pro Main Camera + Reeflex G-Series 2x Telephoto Lens
The G-Series kit by Reeflex includes six lenses with varying focal lengths and purposes. Some of the lenses are more practical, such as the wide-angle and telephoto lenses, while others are more creative, like the two macro and fisheye lenses. The point is that I can now add greater flexibility to how I utilize the main camera and larger sensor of my iPhone 15 Pro Max by attaching these high-grade lenses. In other words, I can adjust my focal length optically instead of relying on lower-quality sensors or utilizing digital zoom.
What's as exciting is that I can pair the 2x Telephoto Lens with the iPhone 15 Pro Max's new 5x Telephoto Lens, offering me a whopping 240mm optical focal length. While that lens is paired with a smaller 12-megapixel sensor, I am more excited about the extra reach. And I can always use AI-powered upscaling software to increase resolution without losing image quality.
iPhone 13 Pro Main Camera + Reeflex G-Series Long Range Macro Lens
Be sure to check out my first look video below, where I explain why I'm so excited about these lenses. If you're interested in getting these lenses for yourself, get your Kickstarter order in and save some money while you're at it!