Originally published December 3, 2009.

Found it looking for something else.

From Cult of Mac:

Through a glass viewed darkly, if not even muculently: the iPhone camera stinks.
To be fair, that’s not entirely Apple’s fault. While there are certainly better camera sensors out there than the one Apple chose to install as the retina in their little iBall, there’s a clear correlation between sensor size and image quality when it comes to digital cameras, and you can only make a cell phone’s sensor so big.
Nothing to be done about the sensor then. But like a fly hovering over hamburger, gadget tinkerer Bhautik Joshi had a seemingly stupid question buzzing around in his brain meats: can you improve the quality of the images the iPhone takes by attaching an old Canon SLR lens?

For the record, iPhontography hopes that Apple never improves the iPhone camera. (Editor’s note: I still feel this way in 2019)

The Phone-O-Scope: Attaching SLR lenses to an iPhone

From the website:

I’ve been trying to learn a bit more about the optics involved in mid- to pro-level cameras, and I’ve been finding that getting out the tools and doing some hacking serves as a great mechanism for instruction. Just recently the idea of optical couplers – that is, a system to transmit light from one optical device to another to make an image – has gotten my attention.

Mainly just to see if it was possible (and to teach myself about optical couplers), I thought I’d try my hand at building an adapter so I could attach SLR lenses to my iPhone.

See how to do it here.

I love it!