Iphone Camera Deluxe





Introduction: Iphone Camera Deluxe

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Step 1: Camera Bracket

I attached 2 metal plates to the flash bracket.
One plate allows me to attach the soft iPhone case to it.  The other plate adds capability to attach feet to the iPhone holder.

Make sure that there is some space between the iPhone case and the bottom of the bracket (it makes attaching the iPhone a lot easier}.

Step 2: Skins

I then proceeded to photograph some old cameras in  order to create covers (skins) for the iphone.
They were printed and a small hole was cut out so as not to block the lens.

Step 3: Creating the Lens System

Using parts from an erector set and magnets I was able to mount the lenses and change them easily.
The lenses came from various old cameras.

Step 4: Iphone in Actions

Final product in action



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    Thanks for the awesome idea and plan! Have you made any mods or revisions to your original design? Starting to look around for parts. Just happened to pick up some vintage zeiss microscope lenses a few weeks ago- cant wait to see if any of them might work.

    does it matter what kind of lense you use? I would like to know how you came to decide on the lense. I don't know enough about lenses to make a choice, can you comment on this Catta. Thanks for the inspiration!

    i used lenses from my vintage cameras thst i took apart.
    I will try to post a description soon



    Thank you for your support

    upon further review of the 'ible.. and it is indeed a fine 'ible.. looks great! and at the most a great tripod mount.. I don't see much of a point in using extra lenses though.. that's just me..
    I was personally presuming that the button looking thing on top of the hand holdy looking thingy was a mechanical method of taking the picture.
    if it is.. please forgive me because it's either not there, or I missed it.
    and why bother with external lenses? if yer looking for the effect of the camera you are "skinning" then there are plenty of apps out there that will allow you to do that with out fiddling about with the optics.

    other than that? a great instructable and the end product looks awesome!

    and put me in with the Video instrucables.. especially the ones that go "hey look at this thing I did, and what it does!

    The different lenses allow you to get extreme macro photography at different magnifications. look at the last page of the instructable it shows some samples. .

    Cattan, You have my support on this one.

    Sure, Beergnome, you can use software to edit the photos, but any software is limited by the source image. The tiny lens on an iphone can only capture detail in a limited focal range. If you want to take photos in the macro range, an external lens is essential. Also, while the iphone has digital zoom, all that does is limit the captured image to a smaller portion of the imaging chip, which decreases the number of pixels that you are using. Adding another lens lets you zoom and still use all the pixels the iphone is capable of capturing. One last thing, a larger lens gathers more light and you will be able to take pictures in lower light situations than you could with the iphone alone.

    I am not sure why this instructable is creating so much anger.For the record I icreated this silly gadget to help me take better pictures with the iphone ttha's all!

    I would be happy to answer any questions.