Introduction: How to Make a Macro Lens

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In this instructable I'll show you how to make a Macro lens. Macro lens's are used to take close up pictures of stuff. Most cameras (like mine) can't take a clear picture if the object is to close, this lens will help when taking really close up pictures. This is great for taking pictures for an instructable!

You'll Need:

- Some small Lens's (you can get these from Binoculars, Cheap rifle scopes or small magnify glasses, or pretty much anything)
- A Dremel
- A Razor
- Card Board, Wood
- Small Plastic bottle

Step 1: Different Lens's

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There are two different lens's I'll show how to make. I'll show you how to make a cardboard one first.
To make the cardboard type, cut out a circle of card board that fits over your cameras lens, then drill or cut a hole in the card board and insert the lens, Your Done!! (with that type) you can use either duct tape or tacky to keep it on.

Step 2: 2nd Lens Type

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This is a better model, but its a little harder to make. First, you'll have to find a plastic bottle that fits over the lens of your camera. Then, once you find a bottle bottom drill a hole the size of the lens and put the lens in the hole, now you have completed your lens.

Step 3: Attaching the Different Lenses

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Here is how I attach the lenses, this will differ on what type of camera you have.

Step 4: Different Sizes

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Different size lenses will result in different pictures, the small the lens the closer up pictures possible the bigger the lens not so close pictures possible

Step 5: Resulting Pictures

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Here are some pictures I got.

Ask if you have any questions



macgyver71 (author)2016-03-06

Outstanding tut! This poor white boy thanks you. I have an old SLR (the FIRST digital Rebel model), with 2 lenses, this will open a few more options. Much appreciaed

stllbrown (author)2015-08-09


starforest (author)2015-02-18

Will this lens work for all types of cameras?

The picures at the end are wonderful. Great job.

bassmaredsnetra (author)2014-12-10

i,ve been make macro lens fo my phone. i got from telescope lens. it,s work great..

sgsidekick (author)2009-09-12

I have that same camera! It fits in my purse where my other one doesn't. And....find that the macro just doesn't do what I want it to, so this is a good instructable for me! What did you use for the lenses? I HAVE to go get it and make this!! I'm an amateur photog who is starting to win blue ribbons now at the fairs, but I want MORE!! *haha*

Emsaid (author)sgsidekick2009-09-12

I got the lenses out my brothers old pellet rifle's scope, you can get cheap scopes at wal-mart for a couple of bucks.

mrmartyman7 (author)Emsaid2012-10-04

Could a lens from another un working camera be used, or does it have to be from a scope or telescope?
I have a sony handyDCR-SR68camcorder , close ups are very hard to get clear.
It has auto focus will an additional lens effect the auto focus?

Also no software any one have the software I can download, i bought the camera
a month ago it was a display got a great deal but not happy with some functions.
Can anyone help ?

Emsaid (author)mrmartyman72012-10-04

yes, any type of lens will work. however some may not work as well as others (not magnify as much as others)

schumi23 (author)Emsaid2012-11-10

sounds to me like all lens are equal, but some are equalizer then others

mrmartyman7 (author)Emsaid2012-10-05

Thanks for the fast reply I will work on it , nothing fancy at first and then post my results . After I see how to improve it I'll post more results.

This is a great thread thank you

hpnerdghmk (author)2012-07-27

Thanks guy!! it work!
and sorry for my English "google translator".....

Ray-l-l (author)2012-07-12

Nice idea. It looks like it works great.

spooner2007 (author)2012-06-11

The ingenuity of people :)

captain Jack (author)2012-05-23

can you post more information on where to get these little lenses from? Ebay maybe? That's the most difficult part!

mirusev (author)captain Jack2012-06-10

I have these two, the results are amazing even with $50 camera :)

rishabkhincha (author)2012-06-08

can u please mail this pdf file to me
my email id is

LegitimatelyEpic (author)2012-05-28

that is crazy! This will definitely help with my phone camera

lopeznora (author)2012-05-21

I appreciate you for posting such a wonderful information.

AmpOwl (author)2012-05-21

Great idea. This would be really good for taking pictures of my really small instructables.

Emsaid (author)2009-09-28

I got these lenses from an old rifle scope. you can buy scopes from wal-mart for around $5

killersquirel11 (author)Emsaid2009-12-21

yeah those scopes work pretty decent on top of a paintball gun/airsoft gun.  Great secondary use!
Another interesting idea would be to use a cap from a milk jug or something like that so you could easily adjust the focal length

robert s. (author)2009-10-18

Wow sweet idea!

lockdown96 (author)2009-09-28

where you get the lens thing you put on cardboard ?

lemonie (author)2009-09-09

Can you show how these mount on the camera? Diagram if you've only got the use of one camera at a time I suppose... L

Emsaid (author)lemonie2009-09-09


lemonie (author)Emsaid2009-09-10

Oh yes, very nice - you do have 2 cameras then? L

Emsaid (author)lemonie2009-09-10

4 actually, I by cameras off eBay fix them and sell them again, so really that's the only one I use, cause the rest are kinda broken. I used my Dad's camera for the Pics

lemonie (author)Emsaid2009-09-10

Why don't I see any "How to fix a digital camera" Instructables? Protecting your business...? L

Emsaid (author)lemonie2009-09-10

well mostly because almost all cameras are different, with different problems and it would be really hard to show how to fix them

lemonie (author)Emsaid2009-09-10

Yes, but there are general principles, you could get at least one good Instructable out of this, people would most likely be interesred.


(e.g. my How not to...)

The Ideanator (author)lemonie2009-09-10

You're right lemonie, people would be! I would be interested in fixing a buggy flip out screen.

Emsaid (author)lemonie2009-09-10

yeah i could try..

GarbageMan500 (author)2009-09-09

haha WAS a tiny spider SQUISH!

Emsaid (author)GarbageMan5002009-09-09


foobear (author)2009-09-08

Wow, the photograph of the eagle on the quarter is amazing. Better than the macro lens on my digital camera. nice!

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