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July 12, 2011

The iPhone SLR Mount comes in either a Nikon F-mount or Canon EF-mount version, and allows...

The iPhone SLR Mount comes in either a Nikon F-mount or Canon EF-mount version, and allows iPhoneographers to utilize an SLR lens with the iPhone's camera (Photo: Photojojo)

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There's little doubt that when it comes to snapping spur-of-the-moment photos, nothing quite matches the always-ready convenience of the smartphone. Apple's iPhone is second only in popularity to Nikon's D90 for overall image uploads to Flickr, and takes the top three spots in the Cameraphone category. There are now a whole host of apps available that can help add numerous clever effects to the photos taken with an iPhone's camera, and a growing number of hardware-based enhancements. If you find yourself yearning for a little more zoom than the Eye Scope offers, or the close-up goodness of the Fisheye and Macro/Wide Angle lens is just too small and fiddly for you, then perhaps what you need is an iPhone SLR Lens Mount.

The iPhone SLR Mount from Photojojo is essentially a phone case that acts as an adapter for either Nikon F-mount or Canon EF-mount lenses (although it's not compatible with Canon EF-S or FD lenses). Placing your Apple smartphone into the tough but lightweight aluminum casing allows you to choose from your collection of telephoto, wide-angle, macro or fish-eye SLR lenses and use it with the iPhone's camera.

The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)

It's kind of a first step towards bringing the conceptual WVIL proposal to life. Of course, autofocus is not available, the absence of a mirror means that images will appear upside down, and there's no supersonic dust reduction system so you'll have to keep the focusing screen free of dirt and dust yourself - but if you want professional-looking depth of field effects, or the ability to bring a distant object into close focus or pop on a fish-eye lens for some wide angle fun, this could be your answer.

Naturally, there are a few other limitations to consider - including a possible loss of image brightness (which can be corrected using the aperture ring on older SLR lenses or via editing software if using newer ones) - but the iPhone SLR Mount certainly looks to be a step in the right direction. The solution comes supplied with a UV filter, includes strap loopholes to allow you to hang your iPhone/SLR lens mash-up from your neck, and it features a tripod attachment.

The iPhone SLR mount being used with a monster Canon lens (Photo: Photojojo)

Photojojo says that iPhoneographers can expect the iPhone SLR Mount to be available from the middle of August at a cost of US$249, for either the Canon or the Nikon flavor.

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14 Comments

What a waste of time and money. The sensor itself is still a piece of junk, no matter what quality lens you put on it..

Mhocking
12th July, 2011 @ 06:09 pm PDT

Wow, at first I thought this was a joke. After all, if you have a decent lens then you are not messing with a cellphone to take pics. If you are lugging around lenses and tripods, having a real DSLR with you is not a problem, it's often the lightest component in the setup.

But it seems this is real, which would make it one of the most stupid ideas ever devised, congratulations to the designer for taking that prize...

Mr T
12th July, 2011 @ 06:40 pm PDT

..some things are just plain stupid!

Ken Munyard
13th July, 2011 @ 01:20 am PDT

"the iPhone SLR Mount certainly looks to be a step in the right direction"... you ARE joking, right!?

$250 to attach a lens bigger, heavier and less portable to my iPhone, to produce a camera lower in quality, and more difficult to handle than the SLR I would have to own in order to have the lenses. Genius. This idea is pure garbage.

DoctorDee
13th July, 2011 @ 07:30 am PDT

Its criminal to put an L-series lens on an iphone.

That last pic makes me cringe..

Ahil Mohanachandran
9th August, 2011 @ 03:31 am PDT

Purified garbage. You don't take pics with a phone, no matter what brand it is, its camera is still shit.

Nick Alekseyevich
2nd September, 2011 @ 06:37 am PDT

With the reportedly improved 8mega pix camera on the upcoming iphone 5, this may not be a bad idea. Probably not with the monster zoom lens shown in the last picture but with the 50mm prime lens in the second last pic it should be compact/ light enough as a replacement to your point and shoot/ video cam on holidays.

GR8IDEA
7th September, 2011 @ 07:55 pm PDT

Technology, what will they come up with next?

Leonel Peraza
30th November, 2011 @ 09:59 am PST

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. After you attach your iPhone to your EF-300 lens, then duct tape it to your action sports helmet and take some rad shots of yourself running through traffic on the expressway. Now that rules.

jdmedved
13th December, 2011 @ 10:14 am PST

"Adapter lets you mount SLR lenses on iPhone"

Looks more like mounting an iPhone onto the lens.

It is STILL a waste of a good lens.

Steve Balogh
17th December, 2011 @ 02:11 am PST

Turtleback (free) has developed a new app just for the iPhone SLR Mount. It fixes most of the issues mentioned in this article.

Find it on the App Store. Search Turtlehead

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turtlehead/id492084472?mt=8

1. Automatically corrects orientation when shooting

2. Photos and videos are saved in correct orientation

3. One touch on the "prep" button to get the iPhone to lock it's focus on the focusing screen of the SLR lens adapter.

tombocore
12th January, 2012 @ 11:25 am PST

Bummer!! I just bough the small verson for $50, it works a treat. No mucking around with extra gadgets, take a picture send it straight to your computer, harddrive,Facebook anything world wide in seconds!!! That's damn amazing!! why do people complaint? Ten years ago that didn't happen. Problem is keeping up with what is what to buy today!! because tomorrow it'll be smaller lighter faster, and much easier to use. My problem is I've got boxes and boxes and drawers full of yesterdays tomorrow..

Richard Handel
16th May, 2012 @ 11:16 pm PDT

10 years ago film purists were saying the same thing about digital cameras of ANY kind, including your DSLR's. Here we are today, and they're continuing with their "why fix what isn't broken" mentality. Where would we be without the rapid advancements in technology that we have experienced in our lifetimes? Still watching black & white tv, listening to 8-tracks, driving cars that get 12 mpg going downhill, & typing letters to the editor in order to have your opinion heard by the masses. Definitely not able to freely distribute your opinion with the push of a button.

I'm an amateur photographer who has owned several point-n-shoot digitals, a Nikon D30 with 18-55 and 70-300 lenses (body just crapped out on me, so I'm in the market for a replacement), and my iPhone 3. With my D30 down, I use my iPhone for 90% of my photos because I take my photos for my personal enjoyment and for sharing with friends, family, & colleagues, and management and sharing of the photos is so much easier via iPhone than point-n-shoot or DSLR. However, I terribly miss my Nikon lenses. So knowing that I might be able to maintain the ease of file management and sharing that the iPhone affords and not totally sacrifice the use of my existing lenses, this is a more affordable option which is intriguing to me.

Would love to hear more reviews/responses from people who have actually used one rather than those who have nothing but negative comments based on preconceived notions.

Gordon Hudelson
1st August, 2012 @ 12:03 am PDT

Would it really be able to reduce DOF? I thought it was related to sensor-size (bigger->more shallow DOF) as well as aperture (bigger->more shallow DOF) and width of lens (wider lens->more DOF).

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/m9andnoktonf4.jpg

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/nikonv1f4.jpg

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14th January, 2013 @ 10:49 pm PST
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