Digital Cameras

Adapter lets you mount SLR lenses on iPhone

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)
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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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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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)
The iPhone SLR mount being used with a monster Canon lens (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR mount being used with a monster Canon lens (Photo: Photojojo)
The iPhone SLR Mount from Photojojo is essentially a phone case that acts as either a Nikon F-mount lens adaptor or a Canon EF-mount lens adapter (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR Mount from Photojojo is essentially a phone case that acts as either a Nikon F-mount lens adaptor or a Canon EF-mount lens adapter (Photo: Photojojo)
The iPhone SLR mount will allow to use a Canon or Nikon telephoto, wide-angle, macro, fish-eye (and so on) SLR lens with your iPhone's camera (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR mount will allow to use a Canon or Nikon telephoto, wide-angle, macro, fish-eye (and so on) SLR lens with your iPhone's camera (Photo: Photojojo)
The iPhone SLR mount will allow to use a Canon or Nikon telephoto, wide-angle, macro, fish-eye (and so on) SLR lens with your iPhone's camera (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR mount will allow to use a Canon or Nikon telephoto, wide-angle, macro, fish-eye (and so on) SLR lens with your iPhone's camera (Photo: Photojojo)
There's no supersonic dust reduction system so you'll have to keep the focusing screen free of dirt and dust yourself (Photo: Photojojo)
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There's no supersonic dust reduction system so you'll have to keep the focusing screen free of dirt and dust yourself (Photo: Photojojo)
The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
The absence of a mirror on the iPhone SLR Mount means that images will appear upside down (Photo: Photojojo)
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The absence of a mirror on the iPhone SLR Mount means that images will appear upside down (Photo: Photojojo)
The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)
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The iPhone SLR Mount (Photo: Photojojo)

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)
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)
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.

16 comments
Mhocking
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..
Mr T
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...
Ken Munyard
..some things are just plain stupid!
DoctorDee
\"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.
Ahil Mohanachandran
Its criminal to put an L-series lens on an iphone. That last pic makes me cringe..
Nick Alekseyevich
Purified garbage. You don\'t take pics with a phone, no matter what brand it is, its camera is still shit.
GR8IDEA
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.
Leonel Peraza
Technology, what will they come up with next?
jdmedved
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.
Steve Balogh
\"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.