Dreaming of a Digital Mantis

We're waiting for an especially good deal on a Vision Engineering Mantis Elite Cam HD, the gold standard of inspection microscopes. In the meantime, a little innovation goes a long way.

Take one part shipping foam, a lens from a vintage Seibert Wetzlar Emoskop, and a generous dash of iPhone goodness, and presto - a portable macro photography solution! Peter Bakhirev of PCB:NG gets all the credit for his "it's good enough, we're a startup" solution to our closeup photography needs.