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Biologist - Don't understand the bad reviews; months of use
on August 16, 2012
Firstly, the product fits the adapter perfectly. This microscope consists of the metal lens/led light and a plastic adapter. The adapter is black and made of plastic that's thin but doesn't break nor does it feel flimsy. It snaps onto your phone, and the microscope is held into the adapter by you pushing it into a hole on the back of the adapter. It's a snug fit.
I've used it for about 4 months now. Just like the iPhone camera is so much more handy that you find yourself using it instead of your regular digital camera, despite the latter taking slightly better photos, I find myself almost never using my regular microscope anymore except for very serious work.
I've used this in a wide range of situations. It turns out even focusing is easy, because your iPhone camera's auto focus feature works through the lens. You don't even need to fiddle with dials and nobs to get a clear view of your subject. What's more, you can take movies of what you're looking at through the lens.
I've taken photos of the organs of tadpoles smaller than a pea, and then FILMED their heart and lungs pumping through their transparent skin. It's really something. I've used it constantly to photograph and understand all sorts of small living things, including tiny red slider mites and other insects.
I figure the bad reviews must be people who didn't really get how to use the product and felt upset about that, or didn't realize they can return a defective product through amazon almost as easily as through a retail store. If your lens doesn't fit the adapter, by all means tell the seller and swap it or with one that works. I never had that problem myself though.
The product even has a blue light that will expose better color gradation on your subjects like higher end microscopes. The regular led is so bright it's blinding to look at, and the batteries haven't run out yet. The fact that you can turn the led off is also very useful, depending on your conditions.
BOTTOM LINE: This has stood up to very intensive use over months. Exchange the product if it doesn't work; mine was fine. This is one of those products that's very cheap and yet extremely useful and good quality.