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Beastgrip: attach giant lenses to your smartphone

New device lets you add SLR lenses and accessories (mics, flash, tripods, and more) to almost any smartphone.



Smartphone photography tool for champs

Most smartphones have high definition cameras that take really great pictures. More and more people are using their cell phone camera instead of a point-and-shoot because it is easier, lightweight, and more convenient; but, there are still come drawbacks to the cell phone camera. For instance, it is difficult to take a steady shot because smartphones are so small and difficult to hold on to. Also, it is challenging to take a timed shot or pictures of yourself when you are alone. Beastgrip is the answer to these problems.

Beastgrip is a universal/adjustable lens adapter and rig system for most camera phones. It allows you to attach a wide variety of standard conversion lenses, filters, photo sharing accessories, and other elements, like microphones and flash devices, to change your smartphone’s picture taking abilities. Beastgrip is different because it offers all of these features in an easily installed rig that also adds stability and comfort for handheld shots.

The best part of the Beastgrip?

You can keep your existing phone case in place. It will work around it. A smartphone can be mounted between the upper clamp and the lower clamp of the Beastgrip. The upper clamp is spring loaded and creates pressure which holds phone securely in the place. The lower clamp has two mounting positions, allowing adjustment for different phone sizes. The lens mount is adjustable and can be aligned to the exact position of the camera on your phone; creating a perfect fit to give you the best shot. Also, it comes with rig extension poles, so you can use it with bigger devices, like tablets. And once the rig is set to your device, you can still access all of your ports and controls.

For sports enthusiasts and filmmakers on a budget, the Beastgrip can be mounted to other rigging equipment to take HD video on the go. For the business professional, this is an easy way to shoot promos, backgrounds, and video tutorials in HD with a wide variety of lenses without the expense of a HD SLR point-and-shoot camera. Beastgrip lets you directly mount lenses with a 37mm threaded base. Larger lenses with threaded mount up to 52mm can be used with additional standard step-up rings. Lenses with threaded mount larger than 52mm can be mounted with additional spacers. This gives you the creative freedom to use a wide variety of wide angle, macro, fisheye, telephoto lenses and filters.

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Vadym Chalenko, the Chicago-based inventor of the Beastgrip, is using 3D printing for his protyping and all other parts and manufacturing will be 100% American made and based.

Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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