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iPhone Microscope08/03/2012 - 11:20 AM
When I read that there are microscopes you could buy to attach to your iPhone, my interest was piqued. I suspected it might be an expensive gimmick, but I then saw one on eBay for a little over a tenner, and since I had some PayPal credit left over after spending part of the proceeds of the sale of an item on something useful, I thought I might spend the rest on a photographic toy I had been curious about.
The system is quite simple, really. A plastic sleeve fits over your iPhone. It has a round hole over the camera, to which the microscope attaches. Next to the lens there's an LED light which you can switch to white light or UV light. And you can zoom by extending the lens manually.
The image on the screen of the phone is a bit strange - you see the back of the microscope lens, and only a small, circular part of the image in the middle is what the microscope lens sees.
Finding something interesting to look at, or to photograph, is tricky, and getting something in focus even trickier, but it can be done. I do think the LED light is probably too strong, it tends to lead to overexposure of certain areas, but the light is helpful nevertheless.
I'm not sure what to do with the UV version of the light yet. Maybe try looking at some bank notes? Hmmm.
Anyway, I tested it with an anemone, trying to photograph the heart of the flower. At the ridiculously low price I paid, I didn't, of course, expect to get EPZ Gallery worthy results - I bought it only to satisfy my curiosity, and to have something new to play with.
I'll let you judge the result for yourself:
(Sharpened somewhat in PhotoShop.)