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Control Small Flashes with Your SmartPhone

August 18th, 2017

I knew this was coming sooner or later. Smart phones have amazing cameras and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to do everything and more with your SmartPhone that you can do with your DSLR. This little guy will be available on August 25 for $70.

I’m still waiting for a wide angle attachment for SmartPhones that isn’t garbage.

For more details on the Godox A1 see this article over at PetaPixel.com.

Update 8/20: Readers have recommended the following SmartPhone wide angle adapters:

Update 8/23: I just got the ExoLens wide angle adapter that Gary Kasl recommended in the comments below. It is a 18mm equivalent converter for iPhone 6/6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus. It is awesome very sharp and little or no distortion. Thanks, Gary! This is what I’ve been looking for.

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6 Responses to “Control Small Flashes with Your SmartPhone”

  • Very cool. Thanks for the tip! I wonder when Yongnuo is going to follow suit.

  • Chances are you’d also need an UWA attached, and then a tablet or iPod to fire your phone 🙂

    I havent come across a UWA attachment that matches 10mm for DX, or 16mm for FF..

    But just for the sheer sake of accomplishing something new, it sounds like fun to master miniature equipment.

  • Hey Larry! Very cool article. I will be picking one of these up to my lay around with.

    I just wanted to let you know about the wide lens adapter I use on my iPhone. It’s pretty decent, haven’t had any issues yet. I’d say try it out and maybe you’ll find that it works for you.

    It’s a Ziess lens with an adapter. It’s heavy as hell but it’s awesome! Here’s the link.

    https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HKS62ZM/A/exolens-with-optics-by-zeiss-mutar-06x-asph-t-wide-angle-lens?afid=p238%7CsLXTwavx4-dm_mtid_1870765e38482_pcrid_52243358770_&cid=aos-us-kwgo-pla-btb-all–slid–product-HKS62ZM/A

    Let us know what you think!

  • @Gary – Thanks for the link to the Ziess wide angle adapter! Looks good. I have one on order.

  • Larry,

    I use the Moment Wide and find it pretty good. The Exolens looks interesting but significantly more expensive.

    However, wanted to point this out: https://www.dpreview.com/news/8977969372/godox-s-smartphone-app-can-now-control-all-godox-wireless-flash-units.

    Reading their full text I suspected this was coming, but good to see it officially. The A1 includes a 2.5″ sync port for triggering, so you can put your X1T on the hot shoe, keep the A1 near the camera with a 2.5″ trigger, and remotely control your flashes, then fire from your phone. Have to see how it works in practice, but has the potential to replace a remote trigger and flash control in one. If it works cleanly, that’s a steal at $70 for PFRE.

  • I love gadgets as much as the next person, BUT when caught in a pinch (i.e., my regular equipment is not available, so only have my smartphone with me) I am completely stunned with the results of Samsung’s bright distortion-free wide angle attachment for the S7 and an LED flashlight. Yep, a small LED “tactical” flashlight with zoom with white (non-greenish light — do your research) and even dispersion (no center hot spot) works very well. My particular flashlight was inexpensive (happens to be “Outlite” brand — i’m sure there are others — around 20USD with battery and charger), has WHITE light, and spreads evenly. It’s not a flash solution but works very well as diffused light reflected from the ceilings.

    Bonus: the flashlight works great to light up dark adjacent rooms caught in-frame, when you are using your regular equipment and do not have a a wireless remote speedlight handy.

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