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The iPhone 4 makes a pretty great pocketable camera, but as awesome as it can be, the lens leaves a lot to be desired -- until now. If you’ve got some spare cash and SLR lenses waiting to be put to use, one accessories manufacturer has just the gadget for you.
Photojojo is offering The iPhone SLR Mount, which effectively turns your handset into a full-fledged digital SLR capable of using telephoto, wide angle, macro or fixed fifty lenses from either Canon or Nikon, all at your fingertips. The gizmo works with either the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3G/3GS, with the latest model going for $249 and the elder version for $190.
“Ever since the iPhone camera was invented, it's aspired to be what it simply never quite could be: a DSLR,” Photojojo’s product information reads. “Sure, apps have helped your camera phone inch forward with simulated focusing F-X and faux filters.
“Faux no more,” the description continues. “The iPhone SLR Mount gives you the real thing. It'll set your phone photos apart from everyone else's on Instagram in an unprecedented way (#nofilters!). This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4 giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus.”
While you might get a few odd glances as you travel about town with The iPhone SLR Mount in hand, you’ll be getting the last laugh as your photos gain the improvement of powerful depth of field and manual focus. The mount includes an aluminum case, SLR lens adapter and UV filter in the package, but you’ll have to bring your own SLR lenses. Two loopholes even let you attach a thin camera strap to hold the rig like a pro.
Speaking of which, you’ll have to decide between Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses prior to buying, because The iPhone SLR Mount only works with one or the other -- the Canon model is an EF mount, while the Nikon is an F-mount. Pricing is the same, with the iPhone 4 model for $249 and the iPhone 3G/3GS model for $190, with free shipping for orders over $50 from the Photojojo Store.
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