Macro Atachment for Pocket Digital Camera

Introduction: Macro Atachment for Pocket Digital Camera

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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

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    25 Comments

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    qwertyboy
    qwertyboy

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    qwertyboy
    qwertyboy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    agis68
    agis68

    11 years ago on Introduction

     What type of lens or lenses did you use?

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    Tool Using Animal
    Tool Using Animal

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

    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

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    fluzwup
    fluzwup

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    fluzwup
    fluzwup

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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)

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    Plasmana
    Plasmana

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    That looks very good for your first try!

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    n0ukf
    n0ukf

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    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).

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    higgrobot
    higgrobot

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Where did you get the microscopes?

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    vladdydaddy
    vladdydaddy

    14 years ago

    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!

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    stonehenge360
    stonehenge360

    14 years ago

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

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    Joe93
    Joe93

    14 years ago

    looks good i might try it

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    Tool Using Animal
    Tool Using Animal

    14 years ago

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