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  1. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    I guess that (in theory) it's a good thing that a focus adjustment feature has been included in the Nokia Camera app, but in practice, I find that without displaying distance data, the manual focusing feature on this device is a bit of a gimmick.

    Using the slider, I find it seems to go from Auto, with everything in focus, to manual with nothing in focus simply enough, but focusing manually on anything greater than a few inches from the device is not really possible, for me. It just seems to have a very narrow range where one can use the manual focus capability. Sorry if that is not a very clear explanation, but I find it more frustrating to use than it's ultimately worth, given the results I've made with it.

    One other thing I don't like about the Nokia Camera app is how the screen does not show live effects of ISO and exposure adjustments. If I adjust the exposure duration, it would be nice if the screen either gained brightness or became darker accordingly. With this app, you have to take a picture in order to see if you've got the right exposure. Changes to the EV, WB and focus ARE shown on the display, but not ISO and Exposure. For me, WB is not necessary as I already know how these will effect the image. Same with EV,but I find that it is the ISO and Exposure duration that are critical to making a shot.
    I haven't really thought of the manual focus being gimmicky- it's worked pretty well for me so far, though I'd very much like a distance data to be displayed, just as a reference.

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    It manually focused on the coffee cup, which was about an inch away from the lens, and then focuses on the radio behind it as I moved the slide up. Once I got to the infinity symbol, it doesn't focus on anything as there's nothing far enough away- just an office cubicle wall lol.

    I agree about the live updating as far as effects are concerned. I don't see why it can't show those as you make adjustments on the fly, instead of having to wait for the image to process. ISO and Exposure are massively critical- perhaps those will be things they can update in the future- I wouldn't think it would be a limitation of the software/hardware- the hardware is clearly quite powerful as it is.
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    04-28-2014 04:26 PM
  2. JOHN Smith88's Avatar
    What kind of case you have on 1520

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    04-28-2014 04:30 PM
  3. Madam ImAdam's Avatar
    Nice study! I see one can get results by manually focusing, but I guess that it would probably have to be done on a tripod or otherwise braced (Beastgrip?). I mostly use it handheld and haven't had much luck.
    04-28-2014 04:33 PM
  4. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Nice study! I see one can get results by manually focusing, but I guess that it would probably have to be done on a tripod or otherwise braced (Beastgrip?). I mostly use it handheld and haven't had much luck.
    Those manual focus photos were taken with the 1520 alone, without the Beastgrip. I just had it held steady on the desk. :p

    But I honestly haven't ran into any problems with focusing so far, but with the other settings- I totally agree that it's tricky without being able to see what the image will look like before taking it.
    04-28-2014 04:38 PM
  5. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    What kind of case you have on 1520

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    I got it off of ebay! Here's a link for you: CLICKY CLICKY

    $5.95 and it's worked swimmingly so far. I even have a screen protector on it also, and they work well together. I hate going naked with my phones haha.

    And the best part about this case is that the 1520 will still fit on the Beastgrip, with the case on, and the "camera bump" is negated as the case lies perfectly flush with the glass of the lens. It's a win-win.
    04-28-2014 04:40 PM
  6. Madam ImAdam's Avatar
    ISO and Exposure are massively critical- perhaps those will be things they can update in the future- I wouldn't think it would be a limitation of the software/hardware- the hardware is clearly quite powerful as it is.
    Yes, either in the Nokia Camera app natively, or through a third party developer... no one offers anything that can do this yet. I would also like to have presets so that I don't have to set ISO 100 and WB Cloudy ALL OF THE TIME!
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    04-28-2014 04:41 PM
  7. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Yes, either in the Nokia Camera app natively, or through a third party developer... no one offers anything that can do this yet. I would also like to have presets so that I don't have to set ISO 100 and WB Cloudy ALL OF THE TIME!
    I AGREE! Lol. Presets would be absolutely brilliant.

    I feel like we're complaining about misplaced pennies in our million-dollar vault lol. Everything is so bloody awesome about this phone, but here we are, wanting more. :p
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    04-28-2014 04:43 PM
  8. Madam ImAdam's Avatar
    I AGREE! Lol. Presets would be absolutely brilliant.

    I feel like we're complaining about misplaced pennies in our million-dollar vault lol. Everything is so bloody awesome about this phone, but here we are, wanting more. :p
    Right, I guess so! But I had those specific features on my last Nokia, the N75 from 2007!
    04-28-2014 04:48 PM
  9. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Right, I guess so! But I had those specific features on my last Nokia, the N75 from 2007!
    Hmmmm..... good point. Well, let's start crossing our fingers for these kinds of updates once the next Lumia firmware update rolls out!
    04-28-2014 05:01 PM
  10. JOHN Smith88's Avatar
    Does the case protects against drops lol
    04-28-2014 05:31 PM
  11. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Does the case protects against drops lol
    Yes. It's not the most battle-hardened type of case, but it took a fall to my living room floor quite well. It's certainly no Otterbox, but it'll do for now.
    04-28-2014 05:48 PM
  12. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Right, I guess so! But I had those specific features on my last Nokia, the N75 from 2007!

    Check THIS APP out. It's not exactly what we're wanting, but it does seem to be pretty powerful, and has quite a bit of features packed into it.
    04-28-2014 06:01 PM
  13. Madam ImAdam's Avatar
    Check THIS APP out. It's not exactly what we're wanting, but it does seem to be pretty powerful, and has quite a bit of features packed into it.

    Thanks, I've got that one already (I think I bought it awhile ago) and didn't see too much use for it. The truth is with a basic simple p&s, you can actually do a lot more than you could with this phone, except for the fact that the phone is always THERE! Most of my dslr gear never comes out anymore (yet fully knowing this, I'm still looking for a 6D, Doh!)
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    04-28-2014 08:11 PM
  14. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Thanks, I've got that one already (I think I bought it awhile ago) and didn't see too much use for it. The truth is with a basic simple p&s, you can actually do a lot more than you could with this phone, except for the fact that the phone is always THERE! Most of my dslr gear never comes out anymore (yet fully knowing this, I'm still looking for a 6D, Doh!)
    My girl has a Canon t2i, and it's awesome, but it's so cumbersome to actively take everywhere with us, or with myself, as I bike about. I always have my phone on me, so the Beastgrip has proven to be a pretty awesome "middle man", between the mobility of the 1520 and the professionalism of the Canon. I really would like to see more feature-rich content come to Nokia's Pro apps, and I bet that it will eventually (maybe with the Lumia Cyan update?), but for the moment- all in all- I'm a pretty happy camper.

    Stoked to see what the new extended bits will look like, and a lens add-on. Of course, I'll be updating this as soon as I get them all installed!
    04-28-2014 08:22 PM
  15. undulose's Avatar
    Okay! So my beastgrip arrived and I've got it setup. I've been in contact with the developer through this whole process, and he's actually redesigning parts of the Beastgrip to better accommodate the 1520. But even as-is, the phone does fit and the whole kit works as intended. Here's some pictures of the 1520 inside the Beastgrip chassis:

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    I'll continue to update this thread with images, once I get the new re-extended parts that he's currently working on. I'll also include some shots I took while the 1520 was inside the Beastgrip chassis.

    Also, to note: my 1520 is inside a snap-on case. It fits with or without the case, but I never go naked with my phones, so, the case stays! Thankfully, it fits just fine either way.

    Cheers!
    Hey pal, thanks for the updates! I thought that Beastgrip was compatible for the 1020 only... But now, this news got me excited! Btw, apart from the Beastgrip, what other accessories have you bought (i.e. lens and mount) to enhance photography with the 1520? :)
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    04-29-2014 08:53 PM
  16. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Hey pal, thanks for the updates! I thought that Beastgrip was compatible for the 1020 only... But now, this news got me excited! Btw, apart from the Beastgrip, what other accessories have you bought (i.e. lens and mount) to enhance photography with the 1520? :)
    No problem! My hope is that it will encourage other people to pick up a Beastgrip for themselves! Safe to say that if it works with the 1520, it'll work with just about any phone haha.

    I've got some items on my list to acquire within the next week or two:

    My To-Get List:
    Bike Mount
    Mini Ball Head (updated link)
    1/4" to 3/4" Adapter
    V-Mount Bracket
    Stabilizer

    What I've gotten so far:
    Tripod/Pistol Grip
    Hotshoe Level
    LED Flash Mount
    Tactical Pouch (to carry most of this stuff in lol)
    Last edited by Wesleyshark; 05-02-2014 at 06:16 PM. Reason: Picked up the LED mount. w00t!
    04-29-2014 09:24 PM
  17. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Hey pal, thanks for the updates! I thought that Beastgrip was compatible for the 1020 only... But now, this news got me excited! Btw, apart from the Beastgrip, what other accessories have you bought (i.e. lens and mount) to enhance photography with the 1520? :)
    Here are some images of the Hotshoe Level that just arrived yesterday. Pretty neat little thingamajig!

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    04-30-2014 10:48 AM
  18. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    That would be sublime. You're a gentleman and a scholar!
    The new extended parts arrived today, but sadly I'm at work so I won't be able to test them out until later tonight. Stay tuned!
    04-30-2014 04:21 PM
  19. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Very nice if they can fit the 1520, at first glance I was having doubt about fitment with 1520. I am also surprised you got a communication with the designer. I went to their website and emailed them a few times asking about fitment issues with the 1520 but I just got brutally ignored. Hope that they will come out with a revised version soon.
    I'll be updating tonight or tomorrow morning, with the new parts installed. Stay tuned!
    04-30-2014 04:23 PM
  20. jbeelby's Avatar
    The new extended parts arrived today, but sadly I'm at work so I won't be able to test them out until later tonight. Stay tuned!
    Awesome! Can't wait to see them, and then hopefully get them for my black/yellow beastgrip down the road.
    04-30-2014 04:52 PM
  21. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Awesome! Can't wait to see them, and then hopefully get them for my black/yellow beastgrip down the road.
    I'll be giving the designer direct feedback with how the parts fit and function, and then he'll be able to either move forward with the new extensions or do some more fine-tuning. Either way- it's a win-win for 1520 owners!

    Black/Yellow- nice. Is it to match your (I'm assuming) yellow 1520? I got the blue/black to match my fixed gear's color scheme. Gotta stay stylish! It's important!
    04-30-2014 08:01 PM
  22. jbeelby's Avatar
    Unfortunately I got the black one. Not a real big deal though, because I'm going to get a case for it soon. With my 920 I just switched out cases depending on my mood haha
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    05-01-2014 12:38 AM
  23. undulose's Avatar
    No problem! My hope is that it will encourage other people to pick up a Beastgrip for themselves! Safe to say that if it works with the 1520, it'll work with just about any phone haha.

    I've got some items on my list to acquire within the next week or two:

    My To-Get List:
    Bike Mount
    LED Flash Mount
    Mini Ball Head (updated link)
    1/4" to 3/4" Adapter
    V-Mount Bracket
    Stabilizer

    What I've gotten so far:
    Tripod/Pistol Grip
    Hotshoe Level
    Tactical Pouch (to carry most of this stuff in lol)
    Thanks! I may be getting the pistol grip and hotshoe level at somw time. :)

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
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    05-01-2014 07:49 AM
  24. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    And the new parts have arrived! They came in last night, but I didn't have time to get things organized and photos taken until this morning. The new extended arms fit GREAT and look great also! The developer even threw in a NEEWER 52mm wide angle lens and a step-up adapter to try out also. I'll be taking this out to test around the city soon, but my initial thoughts are all in the positive, and decidedly so. See for yourself!

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    05-01-2014 10:19 AM
  25. anon(5841099)'s Avatar
    I love your enthusiasm, but I can't help thinking that for all the bulk and crap you have to bolt onto your phone, you might as well just get a compact camera to take along. It will have a lot better image quality than this add-on lens stuff, and it keeps your phone nice and light, and still ready for awesome shots when you happen to forget the point and shoot. But that's just my opinion :).
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    05-01-2014 03:43 PM
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