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  1. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Hi all! Couple things...

    I'm mostly brand new to the Windows Phone experience. I had a HTC 8x for a short while a couple of years ago, and I loved it, but it did not survive a fatal fall to the concrete and ended up going back to android (iOS... no thanks). For my recent upgrade through At&t Next, I decided to give it another go, this time with the Lumia 1520.

    Yesterday, I ordered a Beastgrip for my Lumia 1520 (there's a sale on their etsy page for $15 off the total price with code BG105). It should be here next week, maybe Monday or Tuesday. I plan on updating this post with pictures and my initial thoughts, if ya'll will be interested. I spoke with the Beastgrip designer, and he said that the Lumia 1520 will fit, but with extended pieces that he included with my order. So... fingers crossed! I'm pretty stoked to try it out. I looooove my 1520 so far, and I think this will just make me love it even more.

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Wesleyshark; 05-06-2014 at 06:16 PM. Reason: Needed a more accurate title.
    04-18-2014 06:25 PM
  2. Madam ImAdam's Avatar
    Sounds interesting... can you provide a link?
    04-18-2014 06:30 PM
  3. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    04-18-2014 07:02 PM
  4. Wesleyshark'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!
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    04-24-2014 01:34 PM
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    04-24-2014 01:43 PM
  6. Wesleyshark's Avatar
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    04-24-2014 01:47 PM
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    04-24-2014 01:49 PM
  8. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    This is pretty cool..

    What type of lenses can you use,does it have any additional Xtra power capabilities,and specific apps to utilize the various lenses?

    Thanks

    Mac

    Sent from my RM-940_nam_att_200 using Tapatalk
    04-24-2014 03:34 PM
  9. SoloXCRacer's Avatar
    That's a slick looking Fixie you got there.
    04-24-2014 04:12 PM
  10. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    That's a slick looking Fixie you got there.
    @soloxc thanks! It's a 2010 PK Ripper by SE Bikes. They don't make this kind of frame anymore, I don't think. Joint venture between them and the BMX brand to make a fixed gear with a sturdy, kick-tire kind of frame design.
    04-24-2014 04:44 PM
  11. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    This is pretty cool..

    What type of lenses can you use,does it have any additional Xtra power capabilities,and specific apps to utilize the various lenses?

    Thanks

    Mac

    Sent from my RM-940_nam_att_200 using Tapatalk
    It has a 37mm thread for lenses to screw into, and you can use step-up adapters to attach larger lenses. In theory, it supports most lenses, if you have the right adapters or thread sizes. It also has mounts for cold shoes, levels, tripods, monopods, grips, and so much more. It's the definition of versatile haha.
    04-24-2014 04:46 PM
  12. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    This is pretty cool..

    What type of lenses can you use,does it have any additional Xtra power capabilities,and specific apps to utilize the various lenses?

    Thanks

    Mac

    Sent from my RM-940_nam_att_200 using Tapatalk
    As far as apps are concerned, the stock Nokia Pro apps work really well. There's no dedicated Beastgrip app or anything like that. And as far as power is concerned, it's not powered nor does it support power running through it. I'm sure you could mod it do so, though...
    04-24-2014 04:49 PM
  13. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    The integrated threaded mounts work great with any accessory that has a 1/4" screw!

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    04-24-2014 08:07 PM
  14. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Update:

    I've been in contact with the developer and providing feedback in regards to how the 1520 fits inside the chassis of the Beastgrip. After some brainstorming on his end, he was able to come up with a newly redesigned extension that will better accommodate the large hulk of the phone lol. He sent me some images of what he's come up with, and he's also sending me the new parts next week, so I'll be able to update you all further then!

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    Will6371 and undulose like this.
    04-25-2014 04:48 PM
  15. jbeelby's Avatar
    Hello, just got mine a couple of days ago and I think its pretty awesome! Is there anyway we could buy the extensions?
    Wesleyshark likes this.
    04-25-2014 06:21 PM
  16. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Hello, just got mine a couple of days ago and I think its pretty awesome! Is there anyway we could buy the extensions?
    Not at the immediate moment- he's sending me the extensions over the weekend, so I can do a trial-run with them to make sure that they fit and work as intended. Once I do that, he can finalize the design, and then should be able to get the extended parts to other 1520 owners. I think he's going to make an announcement of some kind, when they are ready to go.

    I'll also update here once I get the new parts, and provide as much information as I can for anyone that is interested!
    Zoran Selinsek likes this.
    04-25-2014 06:41 PM
  17. jbeelby's Avatar
    That would be sublime. You're a gentleman and a scholar!
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    04-25-2014 06:52 PM
  18. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    That would be sublime. You're a gentleman and a scholar!
    Happy to help! The more people that get on board with Beastgrip, the better!! What color Beastgrip did you get? Let's see some pics of your phone inside of it.
    Zoran Selinsek likes this.
    04-25-2014 07:28 PM
  19. g4mbl1n's Avatar
    My 1520 will be here wednesday. :D And I am totally on board for this if he's making a custom one just for us. Need to start hunting down lenses online now too. *Well this one looks promising http://www.bhphoto video.com/c/product/671742-REG/Sony_VCLHGA07B_VCL_HGA07B_Full_Range_Conversion.html/prm/alsVwDtl
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    04-25-2014 10:48 PM
  20. wp8hereicome'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.
    04-26-2014 01:55 AM
  21. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    My 1520 will be here wednesday. :D And I am totally on board for this if he's making a custom one just for us. Need to start hunting down lenses online now too. *Well this one looks promising http://www.bhphoto video.com/c/product/671742-REG/Sony_VCLHGA07B_VCL_HGA07B_Full_Range_Conversion.html/prm/alsVwDtl
    Check out the lenses from NEEWER. They also make other accessories that will work with the Beastgrip! And the Beastgrip already supports the 1520, but these new parts will better accommodate the phone. Stay tuned- I should have the new parts by Wednesday, and I'll update with photos!

    Oh, and welcome to the 1520 club! I'm still new myself- I've only had this phone for a few weeks, but it's been the best few weeks I've had, as far as cell phone ownership is concerned.
    04-26-2014 04:11 PM
  22. 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 this thread as soon as the new parts arrive, and you can see for yourself. The designer is a great dude- and he's also extremely busy! Don't take it personally. :]
    04-26-2014 04:13 PM
  23. Madam ImAdam's Avatar
    Nice work trying this out. I'm interested in it but not sure I have a need for it or that I would have a way to put it to use. I find the manual focus control of the nokia Camera app to be much too imprecise, without a distance indication.
    04-27-2014 06:00 PM
  24. Wesleyshark's Avatar
    Nice work trying this out. I'm interested in it but not sure I have a need for it or that I would have a way to put it to use. I find the manual focus control of the nokia Camera app to be much too imprecise, without a distance indication.
    Too imprecise? How so?

    *edit*

    ...a distance indicator would be fantastic, though.
    04-27-2014 10:26 PM
  25. Madam ImAdam's Avatar
    Too imprecise? How so?

    *edit*

    ...a distance indicator would be fantastic, though.
    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.
    04-28-2014 04:53 PM
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