If you think that people using an iPad as a camera are ridiculous, wait till you read this! There’s now the ability to attach SLR lenses to the Apple tablet and use it as a camera via the Padcaster/Lenscaster sollution. Manhattan Edit Workshop founder Josh Apter created the Padcaster as a cheap solution to mounting the slate on a tripod.

The newest iPad has the advantage of 1080p video capture, LTE and advanced editing via iPhoto and iMovie, so it would be a pity not to get the best out of the experience, right? So, to increase the quality of pics and videos we have the Lenscaster, that allows you to attach any SLR optic to the iPad camera. This is an universal lens mount that involves a 35mm adapter letting you attach the desired photography tool. Hardware-driven optical effects are available afterwards, stuff like shallow depth of field, manual focus and zooming in without detail loss.

Below you can see the result of this contraption, that was used on a demo shoot in New York City. The entire gear involved a Cinevate 35mm lens adapter, 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss lens and a Sennheiser MKH-60 shotgun mic. All of that was mounted onto an iPad using a Padcaster. The footage is simply stunning: