So apparently, Apple’ve made the camera in the iPhone 5 better than the previous one in the iPhone 4S. Ben Brooks has a good theory as to why they spend the time and money improving the camera in ways more meaningful than megapixels or fancy gimmicks1. The theory makes sense, and is great for the vast majority of users.
But not me.
The ~28mm wide-angle lens on the iPhone is a good ‘catch-all’ type lens — party shots, landscapes, quick snaps, etc due to being able to fit stuff in the frame, but also because it’s more likely to get what you want in focus. This is a general benefit of a wide-angle lens — a longer depth of field, meaning more stuff in focus more often. Everyone loves all of their photos always in focus.
But not me.
I still take my 5kg Canon 5D to impromptu BBQs because I like my 50mm f1.2 lens’ soft background blurring. It’s probably the single reason my friends say “I take beautiful photos”. They use their iPhones, I use a 5kg, multi-thousand dollar beast.
Imagine if Apple developed a lens for us photo-nerds; a tiny ~50mm f1.4 lens with the ability to shorten the depth of field dramatically. And imagine if they offered it as a build choice, like they do storage space, or colour. If this could be done (I have no idea whether this would be even possible, but Apple often tote they defy the impossible) with similar image quality of the current iPhone lens, I’d leave my 5D at home.
Select your iSight camera
This would be the lens for me.