As iPhone 5 users wonder if they should be concerned about the “purple haze” lens flares in their photos, Fotodiox jumps in with a solution: the camHoodie Lens Hood case. It looks like one of the iPhone‘s bumper cases, but positions a tiny rubber hood just over the lens to keep lens flare to a minimum.
We haven’t tried this case yet, but the company says even though the camHoodie can’t remove all lens flares — those happen with any lens because of those pesky laws of physics — it “will greatly reduce the effects of lens flare on your photos.”
These lens flares occur because of light streaming into the side of the frame, so you could reduce this effect by holding up a hand to shield the side of that lens from the sun. Or, you could spend $24.95 for this camHoodie Lens Hood Case for iPhone 5.
I have two objections to this, and neither are concerning whether camHoodie could actually solve the “purple haze” problem. One is that as soon as you put a case on your iPhone, that spoils its best feature: Apple’s lovely design of the iPhone 5, which I think is the world’s best smartphone in both appearance and the practical application of technology.
A second concern I have is that this case is up for preorder, meaning that manufacturer Fotodiox will take your money “upon order with an expected delivery date of 10/30/12.” Sure, that’s a commonly done procedure — taking your money without immediately sending you a product — but that doesn’t make it right.
Tell us in the comments if you think those “purple haze” lens flares are even a problem, and if so, do you think this camHoodie Lens Hood case can solve it?