One or two of the people that might have been following this blog for sometime now will know that I have always loved using my iPhone, whichever I might own at the time, as a street photography camera. Well after this weekend in London I am starting to have my doubts. The reason for this is that this is the third street photography session in London this year and the results are not good. Of course you won’t be able to see this on the screen because the images I post are very small and designed to be viewed on line. When I compare the large TIF versions then I have to say my heart sinks. You end up with the only saving grace of the iPhone, compared to lenses that are 40 years old or modern ones is that using the iPhone is unobtrusive as everyone in central London is using their phone to capture images. People tend to be a little more suspicious of a ‘proper’ camera.
Will I stop using my iPhone? I doubt it but what it does is make me really appreciate good quality optics or optics that are bigger than a pinhead. ( It doesn’t matter how much Jobs reality distortion field you apply it can’t beat real world physics – more glass means better optical performance.)