Put your iPhone lens attachment on a mirrorless camera / DSLR for special effects

Had a chance to play with my friend’s iphone lens attachment / fisheye adaptor. As usual for my ‘freestyle’, I put it in front of my Olympus OMD and see how it works. To my surprise, some artifacts produced with this technique is quite desirable.

Note, all sample shots here are without crop.

This technique is very similar to 'freelensing', except that you are holding the adaptor in front of the lens.  I am using the cctv 25mm 1.4, a small review here: https://witonosfreestyle.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/photography-with-a-20-cctv-lens-25mm-1-4/
This technique is very similar to ‘freelensing‘, except that you are holding the adaptor in front of the lens.
I am using the cctv 25mm 1.4, a small review here.
The arrays of wide angle, macro and fisheye adaptors / lens attachment for smartphone / iphone. I am not advertising for any of this!
The arrays of wide angle, macro and fisheye adaptors / lens attachment for smartphone / iphone. I am not advertising for any of this!
This is how it looks like when you hold the 'lens' in front of the normal lens.
This is how it looks like when you hold the ‘lens’ in front of the normal lens.
Looking closer..
Looking closer..
The cctv 25mm 1.4 works very well with this technique. https://witonosfreestyle.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/photography-with-a-20-cctv-lens-25mm-1-4/
You can create some interesting ‘ghosting’ effect. The cctv 25mm 1.4 works very well with this technique. No cropping.
With adequate tilting, you can add some desirable/undesirable flare, or you can call it special effects.
With adequate tilting, you can add some desirable/undesirable flare, or you can call it special effects.
Reversing the wide angle adaptor, and you are enlarging the image.
Reversing the wide angle adaptor, and you are enlarging the image.
Funny effect.
Funny effect.
I was also freelensing with collapsible lens. For more detail, follow http://https://witonosfreestyle.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/give-new-life-to-your-olympus-14-42mm-kit-lens-with-simple-freelensing-tutorial-on-any-mft-camera/
I was also freelensing with collapsible lens. For more detail, follow http://https://witonosfreestyle.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/give-new-life-to-your-olympus-14-42mm-kit-lens-with-simple-freelensing-tutorial-on-any-mft-camera/

I think one of the trick of how this works out is the surface area of the original lens producing the image, for this instance, the cctv 25mm 1.4, a small diameter lens yet a 1.4 aperture covering 4/3 sensor. The closer the dimension of the image producing glass to the small phone’s lens, the greater the effect produce. Therefore cctv lens user can greatly leverage on the small lens.

I would like to test out this technique with daylight condition and explore other creative shots, too bad I do not own the lens. I am pretty sure someone else with better creative ideas could have optically combining 2 images with this technique without the use of Photoshop to tell a better story.

If you find this small tutorial useful and had some interesting shots, please post the link to your picture below and share with me your story!

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