Introduction: Improve Your Digital Camera Extremely

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in this Instructable I'll show you how you can take your amature digital camera to the extreme using just one item that you'll probably find in every home!
with this simple modification you will be able to take extreme macro images with your simple amature digital camera!
enjoy this one !
Watch the video :

Step 1: Lets Start!

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All you need is a front lens of a regular binoculars and a masking tape!
- take your old binoculars and take off the front lens!
- attach the lens to the camera lens using a maskingtape!
- this step is complete!

next step : camera settings!

Step 2: Camera Setup!

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If your camera has a manual mode , use it like this :
- manual focus (set to infinity)
- min aperture!- max F number! (in the picute: f8)
- max zoom for max magnification!

next step : how to use

Step 3: Focusing & Using

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to focus on the subject you'll have to gently move the camera back and forth until you find that sweet-point where the picture is crisp and sharp! (this why we prefer manual-focus , so the camera will not change the focus once you already focused!)
this is the tricky part , but with some practice you will master the technique and will get amazing images easily!

this is it! I hope you enjoyed this Instructable and found it useful!


J@50n (author)2010-02-14

 Raviv Stein, i have a question.  On pics you take, do you have to pay to have hem copyright or can you just put that on there? i was wondering for future reference!


ned103 (author)J@50n2014-01-10

I know it was 3 years ago that you asked this question and I hope this answer will help. No, you don't have to pay to have them copyrighted. The copyright automatically belongs to the photographer. And if I remember correctly is good for up to 75 years after the photographers death. The problem with this is of course, proof of copyright. If you ever feel that your photos have been stolen and being used for someone else's gain, you can take them to court over it. But, you must prove proof of copyright. That's were the paying for the copyright comes in. Copyrighting is easy though. You don't have to send high quality images in to the copyright office to have them on record as being your photos. You need only send them a disc with the images. Here's a link to the US Copyright office that explains some of what I said. You can explore their site to lean more.

mattface (author)2007-10-25

The fourth picture at the top (spider with 4 eyes) is so frickin funny but I cant quite put my finger. It's like a potential LOLCat, only less cuddly-looking. Someone put 'WTF' or something beneath it's arms. Now.

ultrauber (author)mattface2008-08-18

Did it.

Oh, and Raviv Stein, I didn't remove the copyright because this is yours. Take all the credit you want from it, I just did it for mattface.

mattface (author)ultrauber2009-04-16


napierjohn (author)2009-03-10

Enjoyed it. Great lesson on settings. I needed that.

Oompa-Loompa (author)2009-02-26

You have interesting insects around your home. Where about do you live?

eight (author)2007-10-22

I have deleted my post (above) which was in reply to "usuck" as it was not of a constructive nature. This is my own choice. 3 wrongs don't make a situation right. As I can not add a constructive comment at the moment, best I don't comment. This explains my deletion and action. - eight

winman2000 (author)eight2009-02-16

What the heck are you, a college professor?

eight (author)winman20002009-02-16

Nope. For many years, I was a Photojournalist ... : )

270168 (author)2008-11-26

That is very clever.

blodefood (author)2008-04-11

In a pinch you can hold a decent magnifying glass over the camera lens. It is harder to get sharp focus without locking everything into place as isr_Raviv has done though. Once I filled the entire frame with a dime this way. I'd like to know how you would do a telephoto application. This would be great for cams that only have a digital zoom.

waynemov (author)blodefood2008-11-17

There would be nothing stopping you from making a cardboard tube ( couple of thin business cards or something ) made to slide up and down the camera lens, and attaching the binocular lens to it. by sliding it nearer / further you will have focus and zoom adjustment.

winman2000 (author)2008-11-10

Arrrrrg! I HATE spiders!!! Too big of a close-up.

toenailridge (author)2007-10-16

Excellent instructable, however....
would it be so hard to check your spelling?
and is just a typo, can happen to anyone.
Plural of "footage" is "footage", not "footages"
PLEASE! don't take this comment as a slam, I gather English isn't your first language & if so, you've done really well, and I reckon your tip re binocular lenses used for macro purposes is excellent.

gardenwife (author)toenailridge2008-10-07

Lighten up, fella. Besides, you should have included a colon after "re" or spelled out "regarding". Life's too short for slamming people for their grammar, don't you think? ;)

eight (author)toenailridge2007-10-20
Attn: toenailridge

I certainly found your critique on isr_Raviv's spelling, inspiring, as I'm sure everyone did.
Please take note... By language standards, English is difficult to master.

toenailridge, as you are most obviously a perfectionist, I was SHOCKED at your use of the humble "&".
..."&" is an Ampersand !

I think I will post this, so you too feel the embarrassment of a public "outing".

An Ampersand is never to be used as a replacement for the word and".

To quote the site "ScribeScribe"...
All about ampersands

This article explains when (and when not) to use ampersands.

The ampersand (&) is an often over-used abbreviation for the word and.
Its use should be limited to a few situations.

Use an ampersand:

  • in certain company names; e.g. Smith & Jones Consulting;
  • if space is very limited; e.g. in a table with a lot of text;
  • when artistic considerations dictate; e.g. a logo; and
  • in some academic references; e.g. (Grant & Smith, 1998).

Do not use an ampersand in general writing simply to abbreviate the word and. For example, we write:

  • We need to reorder toner cartridges and paper.


  • We need to reorder toner cartridges & paper.

Please note that in keeping with the "be nice" policy, these comments are "positive and constructive".

Rather than correct your punctuation, I'll just leave to to consider your errant ways, sir.
Wolf Seril (author)eight2007-10-21

Have you ever posted an Instructable? There's a spell check button. And in regards to the "be nice" policy: You're a hypocrite. You're biting toenailridge's head off for the EXACT same thing you're doing.

eight (author)Wolf Seril2007-10-22

Hi Wolf,

Thank you for your thoughts.
I hear you.

My original point (if I may... ?)

1) I dislike seeing people crapped on.
Disclaiming it, does not negate the fact.

Not everyone either speaks English as a 1st language.
Using a spell checker mandates the ability to select an alternative word.
Even then it can fall to colour as I would spell it or color as an American would.

2) With regards to being a hypocrite... This sir, was my point.
Crapping on another person after the effort of a post then acting in a contra manner on another level is hypocritical.

Personally, I don't care one iota, if someone uses an ampersand incorrectly.
This was a simple ploy, vehicle to illustrate my point.

I feel it has worked however, it has embroiled both yourself and myself in a this tete de tete.

I was a photojournalist for some time, (in various countries and) have travelled through 44 countries, and speak at least a few words in most languages.
I have spent my live seeking an equitable footing, between interacting humans.
I do not suffer fools nor bullies and vehemently object to anyone dismissing another's validity, if their view, manner or perspective differs from their own.

Perhaps knowing this will explain, if not partially validate, my actions.

So Wolf, with that I will stop.
Thank you again for airing your perspective and thank you for listening to my perspective.

I hope and believe that this will close the topic.
If not, let me know.

- eight

lordaronir (author)eight2008-04-11

tète à tète

eight (author)lordaronir2008-04-11

Which for all those who dont spaek French is... "head to head", mais, je mon foo !!! ;-)

eight (author)eight2008-04-11

Follow up post... The reason lordaronic posted that is in my earlier post I said Tete de tet as opposed to tete a tete. He is of course correct.

KaptinScarlet (author)eight2008-04-02

Ho ho, eight, I think you meant that you have spent your "life" seeking an equitable footing. Glasshouses and stones come to mind ;-) . (Please note: This comment has been made whole heartedly in line with the "be nice" policy)

underclocker (author)eight2008-01-02

eight, Please reconsider suffering fools. I think that this is an important part of interacting with humans. I think that we've all played that part at some time.

usuck (author)eight2007-10-21

And, who cares, I don't really care & don't think that toenailridge will find that particularly insulting & I use & all the time, because, I don't care about grammar, and neither do most other Americans &&&&&&&&&&. OH by the way nice picture(being positive & constructive).

legsmacgee (author)toenailridge2007-10-20

Can you spell asinine? What about superfluous?

usuck (author)legsmacgee2007-10-21

How about aufweidersein, or fascism, those are my spelling words, for school.

legsmacgee (author)usuck2007-10-25 you mean auf wiedersehen?

dasclown (author)legsmacgee2007-11-25

Ha, Good one.

bowmaster (author)toenailridge2007-10-22

That was the meanest slam I have ever seen. You should be ashamed.

dvgvintage (author)2008-02-22

Yes, insects are scary, but that is a great tip!! I only have one question, will the masking tape harm the flash?? I am planning on purchasing the Olympus 560 sp uz, Thank you!!

gardenwife (author)dvgvintage2008-10-07

You can also put tissue paper over the flash, held on with a rubber band.

n0ukf (author)dvgvintage2008-02-29

If you leave the tape on too long it might be harder to remove the adhesive (depending on what tape you use), but shouldn't actually damage the flash. The worst damage might be if you're not careful when pulling it off and pull things apart.

sideways (author)2008-03-10

OMG!!! This Instructable has given me the most result for the effort out of all I've seen so far! Don't have my SLR anymore, and I really miss it because I used to do a lot of macro floral shots. My digicam is decent but I can't afford the macro lens for it. My binoculars didn't have removable lenses...but I remembered a 16x loupe I had. Sure enough one end unscrewed, one lens came out but the other stayed in the housing (tho it was a bit loose). A bit of masking tape and I can finally take macros again after six long years. Before and after pics below, it's a ball of yarn BTW.

srilyk (author)sideways2008-03-30

For a great place to find several cheap loupes that would probably work just as good - try Harbor Freight (if they're available where you live. HF is also a great source for some incredibly cheap tools, some that are actually worth the money (and if they wear out they're still good to play with!

maruawe (author)srilyk2008-10-05

At harbor freight you can get a box of five different magnification loupes for about five dollars . I got mine to work with coins, but what the heck , I can spare one for my digital. Try I signed up for the email coupons and get a weekly email.

sideways (author)sideways2008-03-10

I should add: camera is a Kodak DX4900. I used all auto settings, regular room light (desk lamp plus the flash). Only prob is I had to put it into video mode to see what the lens was looking at, in order to figure out how close to get. Normally I only can see thru the viewfinder, not the lens itself. But that's ok, it works great.

fritz padilla (author)2008-10-05

I think this video has change my mind in the world of photography. Not only did i enjoyed the video and comments but also knowing how easy it can be to construct a somewhat filter lens by using old binoculars. thank you

zomfibame (author)2008-06-13

Now this was a very cool lil' instructable. Very simple idea that pretty much anybody can do. As for the whole spelling issue; I do like proper spelling and such just as much as the next guy; but it's not like this person is posting a doctoral thesis or anything; they were just using common street linguistics to share a rather simple, fun idea for using a potentially cheap camera to get some nice pseudo-telephoto type pics. Anyways... peace love and chicken grease. :-)

rethomas1972 (author)2008-05-09

This is very instructive and overcomes a short coming of my HP 935 & HP 945 cameras. Who would have thought.

ronster97 (author)2008-05-08

pretty cool never would have guessed you could do that

Linda G (author)2008-04-19

This is so easy and whaat a fantastice idea. I'm totally blown away. As a newbee to photo. I love it

davidperry2112 (author)2008-04-13

Fantastic! So simple. Thank you.

biladira (author)2008-04-13

Thx for this text. This is my experiences:

crshanburn (author)2007-11-08

what kind of binoculars did you use and where did you get them... i tried walmart, but they didn't have the kind you can take the lens off... I would really like to try this. thankx.

srilyk (author)crshanburn2007-11-13

Try your local thrift shop or garage sales - in fact sometimes you can get some that are broke on one side for super cheap. Or check eBay

crshanburn (author)srilyk2007-11-20

Thanks I think maybe I'll try ebay.

Llamarama (author)crshanburn2008-02-02

Those binoculars are very old, between 1940-60. My great uncle had the same ones. Try second hand shops, they tend to have a selection of camera lenses and other things aswell.

Andronici (author)Llamarama2008-03-29

Haha, my grandmother has these exact ones too, see says they're old....

deltaac (author)2008-02-09

insects are scary

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