After spending a couple of hours shopping for new lenses and a bag for my Canon DSLR, I couldn’t help but wish that my beloved camera came in a smaller package. These days, I take all of my pictures either with the Canon or with my iPhone, saving the latter for occasions where I really just don’t want to carry around a huge bag with me. My DSLR takes beautiful pictures, but my desire for a pretty shot is often trumped by my need to pack light. After my internet shopping adventure, however, I was directed toward an adapter that combines the two, and lets you use your iPhone as a DSLR.
There are actually two adapters you can buy, each corresponding to a particular brand of SLR camera lenses. What this means is that you can use your existing Canon or Nikon lenses with your camera iPhone app, giving you manual focus and depth of field that we love so much in our DSLR pictures.
True, using this doesn’t totally get rid of the bulk as you still have to pack a lens. But the small size relief the adapter does provide, together with the ability to immediately see those pictures in my camera roll and post them on Instagram and Facebook, would probably be enough to encourage me to pack it along. The adapter also allows you to use other gadgets that would also fit your lenses, like your OWLE iPhone Video Rig or your Diana Adapter.
Before you place an order for one of these bad boys, there are probably some things you should keep in mind. For one, when taking pictures with the iPhone, the images you see will be upside down. This is because the mount has no mirrors, a design feature of DSLR cameras which inverts the image from the lens before showing it to you. You’ll also need to maintain the interfaces by cleaning them, as they’re susceptible to losing picture quality if they get dirty. For creative photo editing you can use Topaz Labs Studio. Also, when using the adapter, you lose 1-2 f-stops. If you have an older model lens that allows for manual aperture control, you’ll be able to address this pretty easily, but many newer lenses have fixed aperture and so you’ll need to brighten your images with an editor.
If you’re still sold on the iPhone SLR Mount, you can order the adapter for about $250 on Photojojo, and it will ship to you mid-August.