BeastGrip Depth of Field Adapter Mark 2 on iPhone 7 Plus Footage

Ever since successfully crowdfunding the initial “BeastGrip” on Kickstarter back in 2013, BeastGrip have become the de-facto go-to “rig” for serious videographers and photojournalists using the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (and other smart phones) to capture news, events and plenty of amazing videos, whether for fun or for cash.

Following the initial 3D printed version, the BeastGrip morphed into the Beast Grip Pro allowing more adjustment and the ability to use various Android and other non-iOS devices in addition to introducing a slicker and more polished design compared to the predecessor. Not long after, the company’s first DOF (Depth of field) Adapter became a reality, and not BeastGrip are working on getting the Mark II of their DOF adapter ready.

Feast your eyes on some fresh iPhone 7 Plus footage captured with the upcoming BeastGrip DOF Adapter Mark II, which will be ready to hit Kickstarter sometime in the Spring.

We happened to be in Chicago for the monumental Women’s March on January 21 and saw a wonderful display of one of the largest cities in the U.S. joining together for a special cause – it was truly heartwarming to be there. We wanted to test out our latest prototype of the DOF Adapter Mk 2 and found that this was the perfect opportunity to take a wide variety of different shots to demonstrate its versatility and artistic style.

In case you’re not familiar with the original Beastgrip DOF (depth of field) Adapter and the technology behind it, it’s a special piece of gear that allows you to attach SLR or DSLR lenses to your smartphone to create a beautiful, cinematic depth of field effect that you have to see to believe.

While it is not yet clear exactly what the differences between the original DOF adapter and the Mark II would be, I suspect a built-in compatibility with the pesky dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is going to probably be one of the key features. I expect the Mark II to be even more refined and solid than the previous generation.

BeastGrip Pro with DOF adapter (original)

The ability to use SLR lenses can truly transform your iphoneography and take it to the next level. Here is a list of equipment and lenses used by BeastGrip for the video above:

Just for the record, BeastGrip make an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Upgrade kit ($13) for the BeastGrip Pro rig (which in itself costs $140). To learn more about the BeastGrip Pro and other gadgets they make head over to their website here.

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  • Bułat

    This absolutely makes no sense. I you want to bring that big adapter you will be better with Sony A7 II, A7s, A7s II, A7r, A7r II, Fuji X t-2, X-pro 2…. and so on. My a7s with pancake lens is small, good in lowlight & and have full frame look. Then just buy an adapter SD card to lightning and you can edit your raw on iPad, iPhone etc. Simple high quality workflow for people who travel. 🙂 just sayin’

    • Joshua Silvers

      Bro, relax. There’s nothing wrong with making the most out of what you already have. The likely hood that someone will have an iPhone/upper-tiered android phone and want to jump into the photography/videography world is at an all-time high. But the likelihood of that person going out and spending another (say) thousand dollars on separate equipment is very low. This is a nice alternative that takes advantage of that sparked interest at a moderate price.
      No, nothing will replace a Cannon Body and Cannon L glass…or the portability of the Sony Alpha mirrorless bodies…or the general usefulness of the Panisonics…but what’s wrong with getting this rig for sub $200, getting the adapter and using old/used SLR lenses to take your photography to the next level with minimal additional investment.
      True enough, you can get pretty ridiculous really fast by adding cold shoes, attachments, external batteries, lights, and mics…but it’s not a totally dumb idea to enhance what’s probably in all of our pockets.

  • Richard Spicer

    Also iPhone slow mo rate is 240 fps which beats the hell out of any dedicated cameras with large sensors in that price range. Also because the rig disassembles and is completely modular you can fit it into a light weight bag and assemble on the fly with the exact components you need – anamorphic lenses, lighting, sound recording, etc. It’s a no brainer for the creative that likes to pack light, will already have a phone and wants to make the most out of it.