I'm a new photographer. I like macro photography so much, but I can't buy a DSLR right now. So I'm doing photography using my smart phone. I bought a macro lens for smart phones from eBay but its magnification is low.

  1. Is there any way to improve my lens?
  2. Can I make a DIY lens for smart phones?
  • \$\begingroup\$ You can buy add-on macro lenses for many phones (semi-universal). They're not great but they're not as bad as you'd think. Quite good for playing with macro photography. \$\endgroup\$
    – Chris H
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 21:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's right. I've done some cool macros using that lens \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 1:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've got [this one ](m.iwantoneofthose.com/gift-tech-stuff/…). The field of view on my phone is about 6x10mm,with a sub-mm depth of focus and a working distance short enough that the phone blocks quite a lot of light (the LED on my phone isn't in a helpful place). It's probably on the limit of what you can do on something meant for hand holding \$\endgroup\$
    – Chris H
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 7:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ChrisH : Yeah. Sounds good \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 1:07

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I am afraid that there is little you can do, but just get closser to your subject.

Try a loupe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loupe Normally a smaller one has more "magnification".

Smartphones has normally a very wide angle lens, so a DIY solution to change that viewing angle is complicated.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think the term you're looking for is "loupe"? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 18:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ Tanks. That is it. Answer edited. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rafael
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 0:30

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