Computers & Mobile Photography & Video
macroPhone – an iPhone macro lens


When I need to photograph a small object with my iPhone, the fixed focus lens makes for a pretty horrible image. Inspired by this post, I took a 50mm lens from an old SLR and started using it as an improvised macro lens by holding it in front of my iPhone.

I decided to make a mount for the whole contraption. I realized that the little plastic coffin from the iPhone packaging would work pretty well. I cut a piece of mousepad to cushion things, and mounted it all with a couple of zip-ties and a rubber band. Now, I just slip my phone into the thing and snap away! Here’s the Flickr set for larger photos.

14 thoughts on “macroPhone – an iPhone macro lens

  1. This makes me all kinds of giddy … I love it! I’m always getting frustrated at not being able to take clear macro shots with my iPhone.

  2. Thats just retarded… u cant fit it in your pocket… looks like it takes forever to setup.. just to take photos with a poor quality camera

  3. I have been experimenting with iPhone macro for about 6 months.

    I suggest you buy a $5 20x-40x jewlers loupe from amazon.

    Here are some of my images. As you will see, they are very clear. As you this is very small and you can put it in your pocket.

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John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He builds project for Adafruit Industries. You can find him at and twitter/IG @johnedgarpark

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