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Photography Accessories for Your iPad

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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.

The 37mm Lens World

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.

iOgrapher Mobile Media Case for iPad mini 1/2/3

Dedicated Lenses

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.

Swivl Expand Lens with Case for iPad Air 1/2, iPad Pro 9.7"

Microscopy

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.

Bodelin Technologies ProScope Micro Mobile Digital Microscope Kit

Moviemaking

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.

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The Mela Mount Video Stabilizer Pro Multimedia Rig Case for iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7", and iPad mini 1/2/3 features 4 cold-shoe mounts, tripod sockets, a built-in bubble level, and more.

Mela Mount Video Stabilizer Pro Multimedia Rig Case for iPad Air 2

Lights

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.

Luxli Viola 5" Multi-Color On-Camera LED Light

Shoot the iPad

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.

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Has anybody found a good lens for the iPad Pro to shoot portraits? The pro seems so setup for this, as you can then use the pen to annotate and adjust photos, but no one seems to make a half decent lens that's compatible...

Hi Jon,

We have a new item coming soon: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1307177-REG/the_padcaster_pcpromjstu001_padcaster_journalism_studio_pro.html

This accepts threaded lenses, so you can search for 72mm or 58mm lenses that fit and would be suitable for portrait work like this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/727978-REG/Zunow_TCX_15_TCX_15_Tele_Converter.html

Most add-on lenses are macro or wide angle...so I understand your pain. Good luck!

Perhaps the the the most useful accessory for iPad for photo/video would be a display (viewer) hood of some sort to eliminate glare while shooting outdoors in sunlight. Is this type of accessory available?

Where can I find it ?.

Hi A. Aziz,

There are hyperlinks embedded throughout the article for the specific products mentioned. Thanks for reading!

Hi 'A. Aziz Gouda:

The products described in the article are available at B&H.  Please click on the links provided below to investigate these devices on our B&H website:

Makayama Accessories for iPad

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

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