I wanted to take photos of flowers but I didn’t want to upgrade my iPhone SE (2nd generation) just yet for an iPhone 13 Pro, which looks like it could take impressive macro shots from as close as 2 centimeters away.
After considering cheap clip-on macro lenses, it occured to me to try an old loupe (a Nikon 4x Pro-Loupe) that I have had since I was shooting slide film, which really was a long time ago.
The results are better than I expected.
Taking photos with this set-up is simple: set the iPhone’s camera to half-way zoom, place the loupe just in front of the camera lens, check the focus and press the shutter. Hand-holding the iPhone and loupe sounds more cumbersome than it actually is.
Here are some photos that I took using this smartphone-loupe combination.