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How to turn your smartphone into an SLR adapter

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To start, Amos hacked a hard shell smartphone case to securely hold the SLR's eyepiece.

Forget tiny smartphone lenses and expensive SLR adapters, photographer Michael Amos has figured out a way to mount his smartphone to an SLR's viewfinder to take photos through the camera.

Amos modified a hard shell case for his HTC Android smartphone to securely mount it to the eyepiece of his Canon SLR camera. By carefully positioning the smartphone's camera inside the viewfinder, Amos can give his mobile photos a unique SLR look without any apps.

The HTC smartphone is firmly mounted to the SLR's viewfinder.
Amos took this photo with his SLR/smartphone adapter. See more examples on his Flickr page.

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Total comments: 17
Leandros S
By Leandros S (11 months ago)

Exchangeable digital back for your analog SLR, there you go!

2 upvotes
brdeveloper
By brdeveloper (11 months ago)

Hey! Nice idea... I could remove the focusing screen from my Canon F1, maybe.

0 upvotes
Tan68
By Tan68 (11 months ago)

I suppose it could be used as a manual focusing aid but looks like it decided to focus on the split ring.. It may be an artistic effect?

Interesting how the meaning of the word 'hack' has changed. A hack-job used to be a mostly ham-fisted attempt at something. Of course, people hack into computer networks and file storage. This context reads like he modified something. Hacked... At one time, 'mod' would have been used here. 'Hack' does sound demanding and daring...

I don't believe the author is describing the fellow's handiwork as a hack-job. I have read 'hack' used in similar contexts and even when no real construction was involved.

I hacked my belt by punching another hole for an extra inch girth. I hack every t-shirt by tearing the irritating labels off the collar. I hacked my car by replacing the air in my tires with nitrogen. Just doesn't feel right. There is no glory in tearing off labels. Well, a mattress is hardy game. Removing the mattress label is daring.

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1 upvote
mgrum
By mgrum (11 months ago)

The image you see on the focus screen is flat, so that's exactly what you want the smartphone to focus on. That's why you can get the DOF of a 35mm sensor using a smartphone, you're not really looking through the lens, but at an image projected by the lens.

0 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (11 months ago)

Another stupid idea.... what is going on with the world we are living in? Why do you people love to make their lives miserable? Why can't you use a phone as a phone and make calls or send text messages?

6 upvotes
Mishobaranovic
By Mishobaranovic (11 months ago)

Another pointless comment.

8 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (11 months ago)

So you will buy an overpriced mediocre camera phone like iPhone just to attach it a fully functioning camera?

4 upvotes
FrankieJ
By FrankieJ (11 months ago)

I Doubt "M" actually even likes the idea or the results depicted but he does have a proven track record of simply trying to be contrary to any comments that he feels show disapproval of mobile-phonography. Many people who choose this forum modus operandi are doing it to stand out, feel special about themselves. The squeaky wheel concept. Caution: he also has a bad case of Barney Fife-ism, an affliction in which one feels gung-ho to POLICE the thoughts and postings that other people express here. This is clearly obvious in the hypocrisy of his own post, Posting a pointless post about a pointless post seems to make logic in his universe of one. The point of my own post, to inform and forewarn other forum contributors.

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4 upvotes
Tan68
By Tan68 (11 months ago)

I don't think anyone would buy an overpriced mediocre camera phone to attach to a camera. Someone may buy an overpriced mediocre camera phone case to epoxy to a poor Canon eye cup.

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2 upvotes
halc
By halc (11 months ago)

You don't understand hacking, do you?

How about art?

1 upvote
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (11 months ago)

It is not hacking but a very simple modification. Lens is not even attached to the phone so the title is misleading. It would be interesting instead if he attached the lens directly to the phone without the mediocre camera phone lens and the SLR camera. But then again, what result will you get from a phone with a sensor smaller than a pin head?

1 upvote
brdeveloper
By brdeveloper (11 months ago)

The focusing screen can be removed in high-end manual cameras, so this approach can be even more fun, only adding "noise" from dust in the mirror.

1 upvote
RoelHendrickx
By RoelHendrickx (11 months ago)

and the point is?

4 upvotes
Xeexon
By Xeexon (11 months ago)

A cool, albeit bulky and involved, way to adapt dSLR lenses to mobile phone. Maybe a better use could be as a manual focusing aid for taking SLR photos?

1 upvote
halc
By halc (11 months ago)

It's a hack. Read about it. Hacks don't need to have any other point, except that they are hacks.

1 upvote
JackM
By JackM (11 months ago)

No.

1 upvote
JWest
By JWest (11 months ago)

Yes?

2 upvotes
Total comments: 17
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