iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S Macro Lens

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    White nylon plastic polished to reveal a smooth matte finish.

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BE SURE TO CLICK THROUGH ALL PHOTOS USING THE ARROW BUTTONS TO SEE A/B SHOTS WITH AND WITHOUT THIS LENS. There are many demo photos, but only 5 show at a time in the image bar.

Make your own macro lens adapter for the iPhone 5/5S. I designed the original version of this for my iPhone 4 (see "iPhone 4 Macro Lens" here on Shapeways) when I couldn't find the close-up image quality I wanted, even at $60. This is far cheaper than anything commercially sold and, in my opinion, has better image quality.

Print this model and then buy a glass lens for $4 from Surplus Shed (http://www.surplusshed.com/). Their part number is L4471. For some reason the search function on the Surplus Shed site won't search part numbers. To find L4471, use the "Lens Finder" on their home page. In "Lens Finder" type:

Lens Type: PCX, Plano Convex
Diameter: 12mm to 12mm
Focal length: 51mm to 51mm

That will get you to L4471. If you want bit MORE magnification, you can try L4581 (12mm diam, 39mm focal length). I thought it was a bit too much for my purposes, but you may like it better.

The lens fits in a recess in the Shapeways model and is held in place with a few tiny drops of Superglue. If you get any glue on the lens, it can be cleaned off with nail polish remover or acetone. The lens is plano-convex (one side is flat). When inserted in the model, the flat side of the lens should face the phone.

Note that the lens fits pretty snugly into the opening. Try fitting the lens before applying any glue. Before gluing, with the lens holder laying face-down on a table, lay the lens in position, and then push it into the recess with the eraser-end of a pencil. Again, do this first WITHOUT glue. Once you know the lens fits cleanly, push it back out and put two tiny drops of superglue on opposite edges of the opening. I use a toothpick to apply the glue because squeezing the superglue directly out of the tube risks putting on too much. Only *tiny* drops are necessary. Then push the lens back in the same way as in the test fit.

The example photos of the watch and microchip have not been cropped or altered in any way. Those 4 shots were loaded straight from the iPhone 5 (though Shapeways compresses them). It appears that although Apple improved many aspects of the camera on the iPhone 5S, focus range did not get closer, so this lens helps just as much for macro shots it did for the iPhone 4/4S .

PLEASE NOTE: This model will not slide over iPhone 5/5S cases. It fits only on an uncovered iPhone.


IN: 0.787 w x 0.787 d x 0.559 h
CM: 2 w x 2 d x 1.42 h


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@lens42 Does this fit iPhone 5C?
June 30, 2014, 4:11 pm
In response to whistleblower: The referenced patent was filed on 2/3/2012. My device predates that, and I have documentation going back to early 2011 (for the iPhone 4 version). "First to file" did not take effect until March 16th 2013, so prior documentation should prevail. Also, reading the linked page on "counterfeits", they are talking about "copycat" products that try to deceive the customer. I don't see how anyone could be fooled into thinking my design is made by Olloclip.
January 20, 2014, 3:32 am


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