Computers & Mobile Photography & Video Technology
Attach an SLR lens to an iPhone with the Phone-O-Scope

Camera hacker Bhautik Joshi, who brought us the brilliant DIY tilt-shift lens hack, has produced another great optical device. Detailed instructions on his site walk you through the creation of the Phone-O-Scope, an optical coupler that allows an iPhone to accept a standard SLR lens.

Just to get the inevitable question of ‘why’ out of the way – well, why not? As far as I can tell, I think this is the first – I couldn’t find any similar SLR lens to camera phone attaching attempts anywhere else online. The Phone-O-Scope doesn’t take especially superb images, and it’s a bit clumsy to handle. On the other hand, it’s fun to shoot with and produces very analog (almost Holga-like) results. You also get the advantages of SLR lenses – that is, DOF effects, and the wide range of available focal lengths (i.e. macro to telephoto).

10 thoughts on “Attach an SLR lens to an iPhone with the Phone-O-Scope

  1. A better way would be to stick your phone on your SLR …

    Then you would take very good shots and could phone with your SLR.


      1. @Emily… you basically confirmed what I wrote, so I’m not sure why you replied to my message with a subject that states “actually…”, and an explanation that confirms what I wrote – that it should be “an” not “a”.

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