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Most of us know that the iPad is a powerful photographic tool. Whether you are using it for post-processing, image sharing, camera control, storage, live view monitoring, or just for taking photos, the iPad is finding a home in the camera bags of many photographers.
If it has one shortcoming, however, it may be the fixed-focal-length lens that only features digital zoom. But, if you consider the built-in iPad camera just a part of a larger lens system, you can accessorize your iPad with numerous lenses to open many more photographic possibilities.
More familiar to moviemakers than photographers is the family of screw-mount 37mm lenses. The size of the 37mm-type lens lends itself well to attachment to a smartphone or tablet, and there are several companies making mounts and lenses for the iPad.
Makayama manufactures a series of iPad cases that are equipped with not only a 37mm lens socket, but cold-shoe mounts for accessories. The cases also allow the iPad to stand on its own, ideal for providing a steady shooting setup. Several of the Makayama mounts come with included lenses.
The IOGRAPHER Mobile Media Case, available for the iPad Air 1/2, iPad 1/2/3, and iPad mini 1/2/3, features a mount for 37mm lenses and provides accessory shoes, as well as side carrying grips for your device.
The olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display & iPad mini features a 180o fisheye lens, wide-angle lens, and two macro lenses. Simply clip it to your iPad Air or iPad mini and you have an instantly wider-angle lens, or a close-focusing system ready to capture intricate details of the world around you.
Versatility is the key with the Mobi-Lens Wide+Macro Lens. It comes in several colors, features two lenses, a macro and wide angle, and it attaches quickly with its clip-on design.
The Swivl Expand Lens with Case for iPad Air 1/2, iPad Pro 9.7" is a protective case for your tablet with a built-in 140o wide-angle lens. It also has a stand and swivel to make the iPad extra friendly for use as a teleconferencing tool.
Your iPad’s camera also makes a formidable tool for microscopy with the right conversion lenses. Some macro lenses get you close, but when you want to get closer, the Bodelin Technologies ProScope Micro Mobile Digital Microscope Kit features a mounting sleeve, a lens capable of 20-80x magnification, and built-in 6-LED lighting to wash your subject in bright light. It is available for the iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.
Of course, all of the accessories mentioned above can be used for motion picture recording, not just still photography. For those leaning more toward capturing video, THE PADCASTER line features several comprehensive setups for recording your next home movie or blockbuster film on your iPad or iPad Air. Some PADCASTER kits come with included Vivitar 58mm wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
There is an assortment of supplemental lighting available for iPad photography. Some lights are powered by the iPad itself, while others are stand-alone units. Popular and versatile, the Lume Cube 1500 lumen light is beyond bright, but if you need creative options and multiple color capability, the Luxli Viola 5" Multi-Color On-Camera LED light can stand alone, or slide into a cold shoe on an iPad accessory.
Already capable, adding lenses to your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad mini is a great way to expand its photographic abilities and help you get the most out of the system, so slap on some glass and go out and make great images!
What’s your favorite subject to shoot with an iPad? Please share your recommendations and tips in the Comments section, below.