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A few weeks ago I was looking for a new case for my iPhone. So I browsed around a Chinese internet shop. I came across cases with fossil pictures on the back: Icaronycteris from the Green River Formation, a Seymouria from the Permian, Aipichthys velifer from the Cretaceous of Lebanon, Archaeopteryx from Solnhofen, a fossil turtle (Green River?) and finally a Sparnodus vulgaris from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy. Funny only that this Sparnodus vulgaris seemed so familiar to me! No wonder - the original is in my collection and hangs on the wall in the corridor. The Chinese company searched for some templates in the internet and found them at TFF. They probably downloaded the picture here in the forum. Now I have an IPhone housing with the image of a fish from my own collection. Thomas
I found a simple technique for getting better up close photos from an iPhone 6. I hold, with one hand, my 10x Hastings Triplex hand lens centered over the iPhone lens and the phone. See the difference (look at "ton" in Washington in these photos of a 1 $ US bill. Now, maybe we can see the pebbly texture of eggs or the grain in petrified wood. Photo without handlens:
I recently upgraded from an iPhone 4s to an iPhone SE. After taking a few photos, I am not at all happy with the results. Compare 4s camera (left) with SE (right): Zoom in 100% to get the full result. Note the difference in fine detail, especially the grass. As it turns out (and unfortunately, as you can plainly see), Apple decided that photos look better with aggressive noise reduction (i.e. aggressive detail reduction). I guess the watercolor/Monet-like effect is nice in some cases, but certainly not all the time. After extensive online and on-phone research, this 'feature' cannot be switched off/reversed (how typical). There may be apps that can remedy this problem, but I'm not sure yet. For now, I'll have to use the old phone for photos.... So if you are shopping around for a new phone and have a quality camera in mind, be aware that this phone (and apparently iPhone 6) has this problem (not sure about the iPhone 7).