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iPhone Lens Dial turns your smartphone into a turret-lensed throwback

iPhone Lens Dial turns your sm...
The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
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The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
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The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
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The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
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The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
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The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
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The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
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The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
Examples of images captured using the iPhone Lens Dial's different lenses
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Examples of images captured using the iPhone Lens Dial's different lenses
The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
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The iPhone Lens Dial features wide angle, fisheye and telephoto lenses, which swivel into place over top of the existing camera's lens
Examples of images captured using the iPhone Lens Dial's different lenses
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Examples of images captured using the iPhone Lens Dial's different lenses

Once upon a time, before zoom lenses were invented, movie and TV cameras had three lenses that the user could choose between, using a Lazy Susan-type arrangement to swivel them into place - you wanted to go wide, you'd swing in the wide-angle lens, if you needed a close-up, you'd swing in the telephoto. Well, in the spirit of everything old being new again, the iPhone Lens Dial now offers the same functionality for Apple's iconic smartphone.

The iPhone Lens Dial features 0.7x wide angle, 0.33x fisheye and 1.5x telephoto lenses, all made from optical-quality coated glass. The dial is mounted on an aircraft-grade aluminum case, that slips over an iPhone. The phone's camera lens lines up with a hole in that case, which each of the lenses sit over when they're moved into place.

The case also has two threaded tripod-mount holes (one on the bottom and one on one side) for taking photos in portrait or landscape format.

Examples of images captured using the iPhone Lens Dial's different lenses
Examples of images captured using the iPhone Lens Dial's different lenses

Whereas other similar devices such as Holga's Lens and Filter Wheel are marketed more as novelties, the iPhone Lens Dial is apparently aimed at serious use - at least, that's what its US$249 price would seem to indicate. It's available on Photojojo, which also sells a tiny-but-decent Fisheye, Macro, Wide Angle and Telephoto Phone Lens combo for $49.

5 comments
Darkoneko
wow, it totally looks like the lens in Armored troopers Votoms
Carlos Grados
Please work on this product until you have a quality telephoto.
Leon Radford
Obvious solution, they should have asked Bolex first to make it more efficient!
alcalde
You could buy a compact digital camera with better zoom - plus better camera sensor, software, control, etc. than an iPhone - for less than this set of lenses. It\'d be easier to carry as well. I just can\'t conceive of this being of any practical use.
Fahrenheit 451
Patently ridiculous that people have become so lazy that a smartphone is the answer to all their life quests. This bloody thing looks utterly awkward.