Mo­bile macro lens

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ON THEIR OWN, SMART­PHONE cam­eras can grab im­pres­sive images of the full­size world. But while their wide-an­gle lenses can ef­fort­lessly cap­ture land­scapes, they can’t ex­pose the minia­ture scenery all around us. That re­quires some ex­tra glass. The Mo­ment Macro Lens mag­ni­fies what your phone sees by 10 times, re­veal­ing,

for ex­am­ple, or­di­nary kosher salt—seen in the in­set at up­per left—as a vista of jagged crys­tals.

The setup con­tains a lens and a re­mov­able hood. To cap­ture a sharp, well-lit im­age of a teensy scene, place the translu­cent lens hood on or around the sub­ject; it is clear enough for am­bi­ent light to il­lu­mi­nate the ob­ject but opaque enough to block ex­cess rays that can cre­ate dis­tract­ing flares. In­side the lens, three curved glass el­e­ments fo­cus the re­main­ing light into the phone’s peeper. The assem­bly con­nects to a mount on a va­ri­ety of Mo­ment smart­phone cases, so the sys­tem will still work just fine af­ter you up­grade to the lat­est de­vice.

Shot us­ing the Mo­ment Macro Lens over the iPhone 8 Plus por­trait cam. Kosher Salt

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