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Laser Lens macro for Iphone

There are quite a few instructables on making a DIY macro lens for your iphone, they tell you to find an old camera, and use the old lens on your iphone. However, I did that and to be honest was a bit disappointed on the zoom. Sure, I got some awesome up close pics, but I wanted something a lot closer.

This instructable will tell you how to get up close and personal, with a smartphone/tablet with a good camera , and an old cd or dvd player.

There are a few example shots in this instructable, but I only have an ipod touch 4g, which only has a vga quality camera, so I cannot record hd pics like you might with an iphone. (UPDATE: now I have a smartphone with a 8mp camera, so the last few photos are better quality)

Also, please forgive me, I don't actually have any pictures on how to take apart dvd players and things.

WARNING: I don't take responsibility to any damage you cause to yourself or equipment. Do this at your own risk.
 
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Step 1: Step 1, take it apart.

Get an old cd or dvd player that doesn't work or is going to be thrown out. Assuming you can open it with a small selection of philips screwdrivers, take everything out (make sure you don't get any heat transfer paste on clothes or shock yourself on a capacitor etc!!). Look for the laser module, shown below.

Once you manage to get that out, carefully wedge the focusing lens out of the module

Step 2: Test it!

Now all you have to do is use some blutack or cello-tape to stick it on the lens of your ipod/iphone. Go into the picture/movie record mode and move your device very close to what you want to see in fine detail.

Thats it!

Any problems, or if you want more pictures, comment below.
ronman6125 months ago

Nice job, hope i can do this, i'm seventish it will test my abilities, Thank you.