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biggles
09/04/2013, 09:40 PM
I see a lot of fellow reefers apologizing for their pretty ordinary iPhone pics so i just wanted to show that a phone camera is more than capable of capturing decent pics of your reef. I took these with one of those $20- cheapo ebay macro lenses fitted to the iPhone as i don't own a digital camera unfortunately.


http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/i_zpsf62a253a.png~original

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/c_zps57b8f77a.png~original

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http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/g_zpscac934b7.png~original

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/f_zpsfce17616.png~original

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/e_zps46510799.png~original

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/h_zps148f98f1.png~original

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Green_Lionfish
09/04/2013, 09:52 PM
That's pretty impressive.

premilove
09/04/2013, 09:54 PM
What lens was this?

Branden_Pearson
09/04/2013, 10:49 PM
Can you give us a link to the lens?

biggles
09/04/2013, 10:58 PM
This is the same cheapo one i bought, it clips over the corner of your phone where the camera lens is. I bought it off an Aus supplier but they're all the same thing.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/3in1-Black-Camera-Lens-Kit-Fish-Eye-Wide-Angle-Macro-Lens-for-iPhone-4-4S-/141019621994

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/mac1_zps6b3970df.png

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/mac3_zps374bcbad.png

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/mac2_zps3097e0cd.png

coral102
09/05/2013, 11:40 AM
Nice shots! Well done!:thumbsup:

biggles
09/05/2013, 03:52 PM
Thanks coral102 :)

Same coral illuminated after lights out with a torch.

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/m1_zps43cafba5.png~original

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/a_zps22579fb3.png~original

dtaranath
09/08/2013, 07:22 PM
I am really impressed that you can do this with an iPhone. For that price, i'm definitely getting one of those lenses! thanks for starting this thread!

E36328i
09/08/2013, 07:26 PM
I have one of these for my android but my problem is I often can't get close enough to the corals to get the macro to work. Are you just pressing the phone against the glass or are you using a water proof case?

biggles
09/09/2013, 02:12 AM
I should have pointed out the limitations of the lens because from memory it has a focal range of 10-20mm - that's it lol. All the SPS are frags placed about 10mm from my 10mm glass. The sponge and pods are in the sump frag tank and same thing, i just moved it close to the 6mm glass to get macros.
A good tip for getting good reef shots with the iPhone is to video - not take pics. The shutter speed is too slow on the iPhone, mine are usually 1/150th/sec which isn't fast enough for my shaky hands. Most of those macros are stills i grabbed from macro videos, which btw are super cool if you're a reef geek like me lol. The macro videos are way better to watch than the stills - give it a go as i can film that 1/4" dia worm catching particles and feeding them down to the central spiral where they then go around and down. :)
The same applies to normal tank photography, it's easy to get what you want in sharp focus when you can go frame by frame and take a still when the fish or coral is sharp and clear rather than taking a gazillion shots hoping to catch things not moving too fast for the iPhone, if you want good sharp fish pics use the video and then use VLC player (free) to go frame by frame anywhere on the video to catch that bloody fast fish in a sharp still image.
I'm no expert on anything piccy i'm just passing along the things i've picked up whilst giving my iPhone a reef workout over the last 8 months. Hope some of you try the video/stills method as it works great on a phone camera. :thumbsup:

These are taken with just the normal phone lens and the acros are about 4" from the glass, nothing like the macros but you can still get decent images.

These two met a couple of weeks ago and neither has stung the other which is not common from my experience. Both trying to over reach the other to conquer the other acro.

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/touch_zpsf3388236.png~original

Took another week but the blue acro won.

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/a_zps2f261f83.png~original

dtaranath
09/09/2013, 05:38 AM
The same applies to normal tank photography, it's easy to get what you want in sharp focus when you can go frame by frame and take a still when the fish or coral is sharp and clear rather than taking a gazillion shots hoping to catch things not moving too fast for the iPhone, if you want good sharp fish pics use the video and then use VLC player (free) to go frame by frame anywhere on the video


great advice.

Nay68
09/10/2013, 02:01 PM
Great job.

biggles
09/10/2013, 09:12 PM
Thanks guys :) Here's a quick acro crab vid and if you watch it in HD you can see how i end up with half decent pics despite using the phone camera. The acro frag is mounted upside down in case you were wondering lol.

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http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/d_zpse5b22ce1.png~original

nightOwl
09/12/2013, 08:03 PM
Wow that is pretty impressive! Your pictures are better than some I have seen with a real camera. Way to master the tools you were working with.

biggles
09/15/2013, 07:22 AM
Thanks for the kind words :)

Without the macro lens the iPhone still produces good results when using the video stills method. Trapezia sp. commensal crab.

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a553/BigglesRC/b_zpsec87f04e.png~original

Salinity01
09/17/2013, 07:13 PM
I wonder if you can rig it to a life proof case. My under water close ups are not that great. But work.

dtaranath
09/17/2013, 09:09 PM
I wonder if you can rig it to a life proof case. My under water close ups are not that great. But work.

I was thinking the same thing! too scared to take a chance, though!! Does LifeProof guarantee if water gets in??

Salinity01
09/17/2013, 09:14 PM
I dont think so. You need to do a water test on the case prior to using it under water. I have used mine several times. I snorkeled the sombrero reef with it and filmed tarpon from the dock in the keys.