Rogue River
Rogue River

This type of review is not something I’ve done before, especially considering that this is a wine blog, not a technical blog. That being said, this is still somewhat wine related. More or less.

When looking at the videos, be sure to set them to full 1080 resolution to see their full quality.

I’ve always loved photography. I mean really, really loved it. I haven’t always been able to do it because of life circumstances be they financial, family, marriage, real life, fill in the blanks. The last few years, however, have seen a difference in how I approach one of my favorite hobbies.

I’ve always enjoyed using my smart phones for photography. However, over the years I’ve seen a real change. In the beginning, the phone photos were somewhat blurry and only acted as replacement for throwaway snapshot cameras and could never be considered as anything remotely approaching art. During the last couple of years, however, iPhone cameras have gotten exponentially better and better. Some of my friends with their Samsung phones are taking incredible photographs.  Smartphones may very well be the new Nikons. Or if you have an iPhone 6s Plus like I do, even Hasselblads! (inside photographer joke).

Folin - 2I have a new relatively new Micro 4/3 Panasonic Lumix G6 camera, and I love it. But while it was intended to be my primary camera when I purchased it, it is now definitely in the backup position.

My new iPhone 6s Plus is phenomenal. The couple of videos that I’ve taken in 4K have been stunning. That being said, the iPhone 6 Plus that I had also took beautiful videos even without the 4K.  In fact, all of the videos below in my sample videos are all from the 6 Plus. The only editing I’ve done is to shorten some of the clips. Everything is exactly how it came from the iPhone, including the sound.

This video below is a review of the Ztylus case for the iPhone 6 Plus (now 6s) that I found earlier this year and decided to purchase and make it a part of my photography kit. It has more than lived up to my expectations.

I have purchased lenses for my smart phones before, and in each and every case I have been completely disappointed. Whether it’s because they were rather fiddly to use, so small that they were easily lost, or disappointment due to the image quality, I have been less than impressed even with those that I spent considerably more than a dime for.

The Ztylus case and revolver/cartridge lenses have been a revelation. I have been able to take really beautiful photos with those lenses, and at the time that I’m writing this, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to use the lenses while filming 4K video. I will be visiting the Central Coast wine country – Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County, to be exact – and will definitely be attempting 4K with these lenses. I expect nothing less than pretty spectacular results.

ztylus 6PLUS-LISTINGcombo-ztylus_30_e7c5b050-e309-40d1-82b3-44d0856672c7As I noted in the review, the Ztylus company’s focus is definitely iPhone-centric. While they do make what can be called half-cases for Samsung (and I think random lenses for others but don’t quote me), they are definitely an iPhone store. The reason they are an iPhone store is because there are only two form factors for iPhone – the 5 series, and the 6 series. The problem with Android phones is that there are so many who manufacture so many different bodies that it would be financially foolish for a company to try to make a case for each one.  Especially something as expensive as these Ztylus camera cases.

Ztylus 6 Plus Metal Case
Ztylus 6 Plus Metal Case

I hope that you enjoy the review. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel, even though I admit to being less than committed to putting up a video every week the way that I know I should. When I do publish one it is because I know it has to be done. It’s definitely that situation this time.

I hope you enjoy it. Can’t wait to hear from you.




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Since writing this, I received a notice from Ztylus they will soon be releasing two Prime lenses that will attach to the case. They will be a super wide angle and a 2X telephoto.  As soon as they’re available, I will be snatching them up! Can’t wait!



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