Anyone using a smartphone mount cheaper than the NexYZ? The NexYZ really looks like it would cover my lightning port and I want to be able to do remote triggers with my headphones. I was also hoping to find one that was a little lighter.
This Gosky one seems to have decent reviews and an okay design-
If it matters I don't really care if it is hard to swap the phone out as I will only be using mine.
I have used three different models of attachments, not the Gosky one specifically, but others have liked it. My reaction is more in general.
A. You hit the nail on the head regarding swapping the phone in and out...many of them are a challenge, and while the NexYZ is better, it is still not "easy" in most senses.
B. The NexYZ's heavy, much heavier than a couple of other models. Not a minor issue depending on what you're pairing it with.
C. Yes, it would cover the lightning port.
D. Bluetooth headphones or shutter releases are cheap, and easy to find. Works better in most cases than a cable.
So pluses and minuses there, and all relatively minor to the big question...how easy is it to work with it once together? I found the two other models complete pains in the patootie to adjust to get the camera lens over the eyepiece and centred. Shift here, shift there, tighten a screw, oh, wait, not quite right, loosen screw, tighten again, etc. I thought they were crap, honestly. Others have had luck, I found them WAY too finicky.
Instead I went with the more expensive NexYZ for three reasons:
a. I'm made of money. Oh, wait, no I'm not. But I do appreciate quality and ease over DIY functionality. I can put the camera in the adapter, then put the EP in the adapter, and line them up. I can adjust left, right, and vertically with a slight turn of the knobs. If it isn't quite right, I can do a simple adjustment, and bam, it's adjusted. No loosening of screws, no chance for it to move. It's like "live" adjustments on the fly.
b. It takes larger EPs and while I am not swapping my phone out, I do occasionally want to change EPs. On some of the adapters, I didn't like the way they fit or the limitations. I can fit a 17.3mm Delos in an NexYZ. Probably won't, plossls work better for me, but I can use ANY of my lenses if I want. And the adapter will hold them without my feeling like something will slip out.
c. I coordinate monthly star parties for our astronomy group, and longer-term, I do want the option of letting people bring their phone and insert it in the holder and take a pic. Likely only moon stuff, but I'm willing to let them play with a NexYZ that I've adjusted for height and EP, they just have to move it in 2D to centre. I could do it now, but I'm not familiar enough with the process to make it seamless for them. Others have at other parties, and they literally can have them snapping shots in less than 60s. Something that is almost impossible with other adapters.
FYI, one issue that is rarely addressed with the adapters is whether you use your phone in it with or without a case. Almost all of them are less impressive with their ability handle the phone with a case -- the pressure pads that hold the phone are often of limited height, or angled, and they don't often react well to larger cases. My wife has a slim case, works fine; my phone has a larger rubber covering, and the NexYZ doesn't like it as much. I find it easier to remove my phone from the case, something I don't like doing but it gives me better images. I had same problem with other two models.
The NexYZ is the Cadillac of adapters, and I am not positive it is worth it for design. But it sure lets me make adjustments WAY more easily.