Introduction: Macro Atachment for Pocket Digital Camera

An easy way to make a macro (and other) attachment for your camera if it has an extending lens barrel.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

you'll need a camera, xacto knife, selection of bottle caps and a selection of lenses

Step 2: Select a Bottle Cap That Will Almost Fit

in this case it's a prescription bottle lid from target. here I'm using the knife to trim out the inside of the bottle cap so I have a SLIGHT friction fit on the lens barrel. You want the fit tight enough so it doesn't fall off and loose enough so you don't strip gears when the barrel retracts.

Step 3: Adding the Lens

After you get the fit right trim out a hole to fit your lens. When selecting a lens quality counts, pick a good multi element if you can, use plastic as a last resort, cannibalized binoculars are a great source. This is part of a microscope eye piece

Step 4: Put It All Together

fit the lens in the bottle cap, slip the cap on the camera, and finally....

Oh yeah that's also a polarizing filter I added

Step 5: Take Some Pics

before and afters


qwertyboy made it! (author)2010-04-25

I made one out an lens from an old camera and lined it with felt for a snug fit. I works great.

qwertyboy made it! (author)qwertyboy2010-04-25

The pictures didn't work in IE, so here they are:

agis68 made it! (author)2009-11-29

 What type of lens or lenses did you use?

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)Tool Using Animal2009-11-30

I used part of an eyepiece to a microscope, but any convex lens can be used.

mysterious ninja of fire made it! (author)2008-04-15

I am makign an instructable on how to make one for your eye toy for if you use it as a webcam then ill make one on hwo to make ur eyetoy a webcam lol

I3uckwheat made it! (author)I3uckwheat2008-12-26

please post

rownhunt made it! (author)2008-04-02

what can I use for macro lens for this

fluzwup made it! (author)fluzwup2008-07-22

I'll second that; I have a $10 mini camera just like that, though marked with a different brand. I suspect a pair of tubes that would slide inside each other, plus an appropriate magnifying lens, would do the trick.

fluzwup made it! (author)fluzwup2008-07-22

Using a 3x mafnifying glass and my $10 fixed focus camera, laid out like this gave me good results. Image is of a HDD controller circuit board, without magnifying glass (top) and with magnifying glass (bottom)

Plasmana made it! (author)Plasmana2008-11-30

That looks very good for your first try!

Plasmana made it! (author)2008-11-30

here is an close-up of the mother board...

JmsDwh made it! (author)2007-07-05

Where did you get your lenses?

n0ukf made it! (author)n0ukf2008-02-29

I found that a jewler's loupe fits nicely over the lens on my Kodak C330 and it's easily held on and steady with 2 fingers. And I can still use the zoom feature. In fact, I have to zoom in a little to get rid of the black corner fuzz (meaning the lens and holder aren't quite close enough for field of view).

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)Tool Using Animal2007-07-05

They're disassembled microscope objectives.

higgrobot made it! (author)higgrobot2007-08-28

Where did you get the microscopes?

vladdydaddy made it! (author)2007-03-09

Good idea. In the past I made something similar. Make a tube out of cardboard. Cut notches at the rim of the tube and fold them over the macro lens and tape everything in place. Do not tape anything to the camera itself ; ) A simpler method is just to hold a magnifying lens in front of the camera by hand and snap a close-up - that works fine too!

whiteoakart made it! (author)2006-10-11

I have a similar set up made with an old Olympus Stylus lens. Because I had a problem with lighting, I made a masonite bracket which screws into the tripod mount. To this I clip on a bright white gooseneck LED booklight. That works pretty well. here is a shot of the system.

stonehenge360 made it! (author)2006-09-06

sweet im always trying to zoom in more i'll def. try this

Joe93 made it! (author)2006-08-22

looks good i might try it

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)2006-08-14

Looks good, I'm glad you found it useful.

Tool Using Animal made it! (author)2006-08-12

The camera has two different focus settings, continuous and focus when shutter is depressed, I use the second one, try to get the image as focused as possible by positioning the camera, depress the shutter for final focusing and take the pic. Also setting the camera for centerzone focusing and metering helps. As for special setting I usually choose "Aperture priority" and set the F number as high as possible because the depth of focus is very small, I also try to avoid flash by shooting in full sun, or stick a mailing label over the flash to diffuse it. I also shoot alot, ten pics of the same subject and throw away the nine out of focus. Oh and a calibration tip for the perfectionists, take shots of graph paper at various zooms, this will let you judge how much distortion different lenses give you.

jquinby made it! (author)jquinby2006-08-13

Excellent advice, thanks! I've posted some test shots in a flickr album here:

Now if only the sun would come back out...

NinJA999 made it! (author)2006-08-11

Hmmm... I'll have to try it. You have an interesting workbench...I would never use my laptop cover!

ElectricJ made it! (author)ElectricJ2006-08-11


jquinby made it! (author)2006-08-11

Pretty slick. I grabbed the eyepiece from my daughter's telescope and have taken a few test shots with it. I've also got a Kodak - how do you deal with the camera trying to auto-focus constantly? Any special settings for lighting, shutter speed, etc?

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