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Take the exceptional photo/video experience on an iPhone to a new level. Wide angle and Fisheye lens, Filters and a unique Grip design.

LIFE IN LOFI – “ I’m really excited about this, count me in”

iDownload Blog – “full-on camera kit for the iPhone 4 and 4S”

645 PRO – “well-engineered product”

iOSVlog – “turns your iPhone into a full fledge pro camera”

iPhone in Canada – “ensuring your iPhone stays a phone”

Everything iDevice – “game changer”

Techmash – “it is like a pro camera kit but built for the iPhone”

Mac Hash – “best point-and-shoot camera around”

Wrath of All – “awesome camera kit”

iPhone Blog Daily – “high end camera"

iPhoneography - "this kit really does look like it means business"

What is the 3RDi?

The 3RDi (Third-Eye) is the world’s first complete high end camera kit for an iPhone 4/4S. Designed from the ground up, it is earmarked to be a “game changer” in iPhone photography. The 3RDi kit takes the exceptional photo   and video experience on an iPhone to a new level.

The kit includes: Wide-angle lens, Fisheye lens, Circular Polarizer filter, ND filter, Lens Grip, iPhone case and Flip cover/Screen protector.

The best camera is the one that’s with you all the time! 

You take your iPhone every where, so with the 3RDi you can now take exceptional photos and videos using our interchangeable lenses and filters anytime…anywhere! The sleek and compact design of the 3RDi makes it the perfect companion for an iPhone 4/4S allowing you to switch from phone mode to camera mode in seconds.

As opposed to existing camera accessories for the iPhone, the 3RDi steers away from bulky designs and boasts a minimalistic approach. At the end of the day, it’s a phone and needs to fit neatly into your pocket. So we’ve eliminated the need to change and remove cases every time you want to take a photo by designing a slim-line case that compliments the sleek look of the iPhone…which can be kept on at all times. The iPhone case was designed strictly according to Apple’s specifications and no signal drop has occurred. We have avoided using any magnetic compounds/solutions in our design as they can hinder signal strength.

Lenses and filters

The full kit includes a wide-angle lens, a fish-eye lens, a neutral density filter and a circular polarizer filter.

The ability to change lenses gives your iPhone photography a whole new field-of-view and increases the iPhone’s native range. This opens up a world of possibilities and enables you to capture situations never before thought possible. The 3RDi kit takes its inspiration for quality of lenses and filters from the professional SLR world (single lens reflex).

The 3RDi also introduces the world’s first uniquely dedicated polarizer filter and a neutral density filter for an iPhone. The polarizer filter helps you control reflections and bring out rich colors and textures in your images. The ND (neutral density) filter helps you darken over-exposed parts of an image and increase the overall dynamic range. Both filters can be screwed onto the wide-angle lens with ease. To learn more about ND filters - click here

All of these accessories are neatly packed in our ergonomically designed Lens Grip. Adding a grip point to the iPhone is a breakthrough in design as it enables you to take photos with just one hand…no more awkward two-handed operation! And for “no hand operation” you can use a lanyard (neck rope)!!

The 3RDi kit also includes a dedicated cold shoe mount, allowing you to add many different accessories such as an LED video light, a shotgun microphone and even a GoPro for shooting stills and videos at the same time.

And finally, the 3RDi kit comes with a detachable flip-cover to protect your iPhone screen when you’re on the move. It’s up to you whether you keep it on or take it off. 

Shooting with an iPhone

If you haven’t already been converted to taking photos with an iPhone…you don’t know what you’re missing! Seasoned iPhonographers (iPhone photographers) will tell you that on top of the exceptional picture quality, what makes the iPhone a winner is the ability to shoot, edit, post-process (also caption, if you’re a pro) and share to a wide variety of social networks all from one device. With the iPhone 4/4S the added ability to shoot high-definition (HD) video, edit, color grade and export is truly remarkable. No point-and-shoot camera on the market can do all this!

Scalability

With the 3RDi kit, the possibility for adding accessories is endless! You can take photos at a party using the fisheye lens, shoot an interview using a shotgun microphone and LED light, or make a stunning time-lapse using the tripod mount and the wide-angle lens. The scalability options of the 3RDi kit appeal to millions of iPhone users from newbies to indie film makers.

Pledge Levels

We currently offer 3 pledge levels, BASIC KIT, EARLY BIRD FULL KIT and FULL KIT. We may add more as the project progresses. Here's a visual breakdown of our pledge levels:

Where we’re at / When will we ship it?

We’ve been through many iterations throughout the design process, and have manufactured a working prototype.

The iPhone case and Lens Grip have been produced in a 3D Rapid prototype system using ABS plastic material. The 3RDi is one of the only iPhone camera kits which boasts a unique multi-glass element design, producing stunning image quality and highest edge-to-edge sharpness. In addition, we’ve also sourced possible manufacturers for each of the 3RDi components.

In order to progress to the production phase, we need to be able to make large itemized orders. This is where you Kickstarters come in! If we are successful and reach our funding goal, our aim is to ship the 3RDi kit mid November 2012.

So if you like the 3RDi kit, please consider making a pledge and THANKS for your support.

WHAT ABOUT iPHONE 5?!!

The issue of iPhone 5 has been on our minds since the inception of this project. At this point, it’s impossible to forecast either the physical dimensions of the iPhone 5 body or the characteristics of the optics.

This presents a two-fold problem:

1. Physical dimensions - If the iPhone 5 has different physical dimensions (which is most likely the case according to most rumor sites), these will be easy to accommodate for, as we would just design an alterative iPhone 5 case.

2. Optic/Lens changes - At the moment it's all quiet regarding any info about changes to the characteristics of the internal optics. In our design, we made it possible to accommodate for changes in diameter. However, if you go by the model change between iPad 2 and iPad 3 as some sort of indication, then there hasn't been ANY changes to the optic construction.

We are closely monitoring any sources of information regarding the iPhone 5 and will adapt accordingly. The short answer is we are going to do our best to keep the 3RDi future compatible.

FAQ

  • If our project is successful, we aim to ship the 3RDi kit in mid November 2012.

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  • Shipping to mainland USA is free and included in the pledge levels. For international shipping, please add $20 to your pledge.

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  • The 3RDi was designed for the iPhone 4/4S.

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  • The issue of iPhone 5 has been on our minds since the inception of this project. At this point, it’s impossible to forecast either the physical dimensions of the iPhone 5 body or the characteristics of the optics.

    This presents a two-fold problem:

    1. Physical dimensions - If the iPhone 5 has different physical dimensions (which is most likely the case according to most rumor sites), these will be easy to accommodate for, as we would just design an alterative iPhone 5 case.

    2. Optic/Lens changes - At the moment it's all quiet regarding any info about changes to the characteristics of the internal optics. In our design, we made it possible to accommodate for changes in diameter. However, if you go by the model change between iPad 2 and iPad 3 as some sort of indication, then there hasn't been ANY changes to the optic construction.

    We are closely monitoring any sources of information regarding the iPhone 5 and will adapt accordingly. The short answer is we are going to do our best to keep the 3RDi future compatible

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  • We didn't want to compromise or cut corners when it comes to build quality and construction of the 3RDi components.

    The 3RDi is one of the only iPhone camera kits which boasts a unique multi-glass element design, producing stunning image quality and highest edge-to-edge sharpness. We've also implemented low dispersion glass in our lenses and filters which was specifically designed to eliminate barrel distortion and chromatic aberrations found in the other products on the market.

    All of these design goals add up, and it's up to you to make the decision between quality or cost.

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  • The 3RDi lenses (wide-angle/fisheye) block the light emitted from the iPhone flash. The iPhone light still works perfectly when the lenses are not connected. You can always use an external LED light on top of the cold shoe mount.

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  • Because using a trigger means using a dedicated app and this limits the user to using only this specific app and not their App of choice. This is a limitation set by Apple.

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  • No it doesn’t, but we can recommend “Camera+” for beginner and intermediate users and “645 Pro” for the more advanced user. For video Apps, we use “FiLMiC Pro”. In fact most parts of our movie were shot using this App.

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  • We did !! :-)

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  • We will send out a survey in which you’ll be asked to provide your shipping address.

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  • Initial tests proved that this mounting design is flimsy and unsecure. According to Apple’s specifications, using a magnet in the vicinity of the iPhone might hinder the accuracy of the GPS and compass resulting in inaccurate geo-location tags.

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  • The 3RDi (Third-Eye) is a spiritual and mystical concept that represents the pathway for higher consciousness and a symbol for enlightenment. If you’re an interested human you can read more about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_eye

    Now what’s that got to do with iPhone accessories? I guess when we came up with the design of the 3RDi kit we felt a bit of inspiration and awakening ourselves. (It’s either that or the side effects of the dengue fever I brought back with me from Burma)

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    GAIN ACCESS: A very big THANK YOU from us as a backer of the 3RDi kit and access to "Backer Only" information that will update you on the project and the development process.

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    BASIC KIT: Take your iPhone 4/4S photography to the next level!! This pledge includes: Wide-angle lens, Circular Polarizer filter, Lens Grip, iPhone case and Flip cover/Screen protector. Free USA shipping. (Please add $20 for international shipping)

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    EARLY BIRD FULL KIT: Help us get started!! Includes the full 3RDi kit: Wide-angle lens, Fisheye lens, Circular Polarizer filter, ND filter, Lens Grip, iPhone case and Flip cover/Screen protector. This kit will retail for more than $230. Free USA shipping. (Please add $20 for international shipping)

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    THE 3RDi FULL KIT: Includes a Wide-angle lens, Fisheye lens, Circular Polarizer filter, ND filter, Lens Grip, iPhone case and Flip cover/Screen protector. This kit will retail for more than $230. Free USA shipping. (Please add $20 for international shipping)

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