In this instructable, I will explain how I've created macro lenses for my iPhone 4 by salvaging parts from old digital cameras. Why buy expensive lens attachments when they are already lying around your house? Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for any damage you may do to your device or yourself. Follow with caution.

Step 1: Materials List

-Smart Phone
-Old Cheap Digital Camera (you can find one at a thrift store for less than $10)
-Small Precision Screwdriver
-Flathead Screwdriver 
-Wire Cutter
-Loctite Fun-Tak (REMOVABLE)
-File (optional)
-Ingenuity and any other materials that result from the former.

Keep in mind that the digital camera that you get may or may not work with this instructable. Be prepared to lose a few bucks if the camera you purchase doesn't give great results.
This is great, thank you for sharing! Just an idea for affixing the lens, how about getting a cheap phone case and glueing the lens to that? I'm going to give this a go when I can find my old digi camera. <br> <br>On a side note, you seem to know a bit about photography, I don't suppose you have any ideas how to achieve Christmas light bokeh pictures with a smartphone?
That's a great idea! I actually used to do something similar before I went case-less. I had an Otterbox and I would slip the lens under the rubber exterior but over the plastic shell. I think that your idea would work perfectly, especially with a dedicated back shell. <br> <br>As far as Christmas light bokeh, I hadn't ever thought of doing that technique, so I decided to try and figure out a way to do it without any photo-editing applications. The reason why we can't achieve that technique with the stock camera is because the phone is set to have a large depth-of-field. It's focusing in on the entire scene, which is also why it has a hard time focusing in on subjects that are close to the lens. Since we can't control the size of the aperture (we would need a larger aperture - small f-stop to narrow the depth-of-field), I had to manage a way to change the focus to the foreground. In order to do this I used a less powerful macro lens I had salvaged from a telephoto lens. Hope you like the pictures, and thanks for the challenge!
<p>Hi! How did you mix the macro lens and the telephoto lens to achieve those three pictures?</p><p>Also, I want to ask if know how to resolve this issue I noticed with the DIY macro lens. Basically what I used was lens from a laser pointer. But every time I need to take a picture, I need to be really close to the subject. What do you do to keep the macro shot but be relatively distant from the subject? Thanks!</p>
<p>i,ve been do this. but i make from telescope lens. it,s more focus use it. here i pined the picture that i,ve bee shoot with some editing with After Focus aplication</p>
awesome work dude. i think it will look more awesome if you attach it to a phone cover. so you can attach or detach whenever you use it. :)
Super awesome! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the instructable
Totally trying this tommorow!! :)
I think the Macro is the one to the right?
This is amazing. Im working on it now, but have 3 separate lenses due to the cameras' zoom.
Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing. Too bad I don't have an old/cheap camera I can use....
Is there a must to be a digital camera or can be as well an old film camera? I'm looking to have something similar on my Android phone and I have doubts if worth to dismantle an old film camera. Nice image the one with the eye :) Thanks!
If it's an older cheap film camera from the 80's, most of the parts will be made of plastic which will produce photos that lack clarity. If it's an older slr, you won't find many useful parts in the camera body. However, I have taken apart some older broken slr telephoto lenses that gave me some cool telephoto and wide angle effects. The reason I suggest cheap digital cameras is because the lenses were made to focus on a small optical sensor, as opposed to a 35mm frame. Plus, I have an affinity for old film cameras and wouldn't break one if I didn't have to. Hope this helps. If anyone else has any suggestions or corrections to anything I've said, please feel free.
Thanks! That convinced me to use the same lens you choose.
Thanks for the insight
This is an incredible Instructable, I finished it in one day! I'm already taking pictures of coins, fabrics, body parts and whatever else I can find, haha! Thanks for making this! I'll figure out how to make a holder attachment for it later... Any suggestions on what to keep it in to keep the lense safe till then? Thanks!
Thank you, that's awesome! I had used one of those small cloth pouches that came with my earbuds and that seemed to work well. Maybe you could wrap a microfiber sheet around it (the kind you get with glasses) and secure it with a rubber band.
Thank you for the info, the pictures look great!
If you don't already have a camera to salvage, you can buy the lens for $4 from www.surplusshed.com. The part I used to do the same thing is L4471. To get to L4471, use the &quot;Lens Finder&quot;. Type: <br>Lens Type: PCX, Plano Convex <br>Diameter: 12mm to 12mm <br>Focal length: 51mm to 51mm <br>It will get you to L4471. I used that lens to make this iPhone macro, but it's not quite as cheap: https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-iPhone-4-or-4S-slide-on-macro-lens/
I'm glad that this has been helpful. I just posted a new camera-phone technique instructable. You guys might like it. Have fun everyone!
Awesome Instructable. Already finished my own macro lens. Thanks.
I use it this and the lens is from a broken olympus film camera. Works fine. Also i add a tiny braket to the lens body to handle it better. The macro was added to an olympus 10mmp camera and is attached like yours. <br> <br>
Wow! That's really impressive! I'm going to run this one in front of my kludge-crazy husband (he's actually quite good at kludge-skills). THANK you!
Very interesting. I'll try that on vacation. I already have an old unworking camera, just need free time to do that :)
Impressive, that picture from the eyes is awesome, well done

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