Schneider Brings New & Upgraded iPhone Lenses with iPro Series 2

On the other side of the lens spectrum at NAB 2013 this year, Schneider has introduced some lenses for a little camera known as the iPhone. The iPro Lens System, released last year, has received an upgrade this year, adding 2 lenses and a system for the iPhone 5. Hit the jump for the details.

Schneider upgraded the Fisheye and Wide Angle from the previous iteration and added a new Super-Wide lens and a Macro lens. The idea behind the product was to bring Schneider's Century Optics to iPhone shooters. Available in Mid-late May at major photographic retailers, they sell a starter pack including a case, handle, and a lens starting at $45 and up.

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For more info, head over to the iProLens website.

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I wonder if you could adapt these to the GoPro cameras.

April 13, 2013 at 11:04AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Julian Terry

I did an iPhone/iPad project for UCLA last year. The image quality wasn't terrible, as long as you controlled your lighting. But whenever we couldn't... man, it sucked. The latitude of the camera just isn't there, nor is there much ability to grade in post without the image falling apart.

Still, I did a couple VFX shots (screen replacements, composites, etc) for it- and it worked.

We shot on iOS as part of their "hook" for the piece. Sadly, the brief included ONLY iOS, meaning audio, too. Sigh. Still, people dug the work.

April 13, 2013 at 4:25PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Build quality is good, metal and glass. Image quality is also above average. The case is a bit fragile though, and my daughter partly ruined it when trying to remove it without the handle (the handle is to be used to "spread" the case so that the iPhone can be removed).

It is also beyond me why the threads on the case are not standard 1/4 inch. So, the handle with its special screw on the top element, and a standard bore on the lower element is always to be attached when mounting the iPhone on a tripod. This may introduce vibrations, due to the handle being made of simple plastics.

As a general remark, I would appreciate if all those manufacturers of functional cases for the iPhone could agree on common standards. For now, it's only one function at a time. Either external battery OR iPro lenses, for example.

Finally, Schneider Optics is a daughter of Schneider Kreuznach in Germany, EU. Strangely, Schneider Optics did not simply use Schneider Kreuznach distributors, but evidently tries to establish its own distribution network throughout Europe. Why? No idea. Runaway daughter? I ended buying my 2x tele lens from a Dutch company. No big deal after all, since that is why we have the common market, but still strange.

April 14, 2013 at 5:48AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Thyl Engelhardt

Let me add that their strategy for distribution might not really work out. After a stop motion project my daughter did (about a minute long), the case threads were defunct. It now turns out that the Dutch distributor seems to have given up already. Trying to order a new case from the French one. Schneider's website is a mess. The iPhone 5 case is announced and available on one page, but only for pre-order at the order page. When it will show up in Europe, I have no idea. Would have loved to order one along with the iPhone 4 spare case.

May 4, 2013 at 2:27AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Thyl Engelhardt

Wow, that lens looks awesome! I recently bought an iPhone 4S case on Amazon that allows me to take more stable pics and video. It also can mount directly to a tripod. just wondering if anyone knows if I can attach this lens onto my case so I can use them together?

July 20, 2013 at 11:58AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM