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Objective Lens?

Broke the 2" objective lens on my overhead projector: Neumade C24LCN.  Anyone out there have one or a source for one?

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Lens for a project

Hi! Im gonna try out this project, Telescope , as I know nothing about optic or lens function maybe someone could just let me know if I should go for a Tele-Auto 6.3/400 mm or a Sigma 70-300 mm F4-5,6 DL Macro Super. I asked the creator but as time runs out for me I hope this gives a faster response =) Thanks

Topic by Suizezem    |  last reply


Direction Lens?

Is there a lens that takes all the incoming light and sends it out in one dirction

Question by jj.inc    |  last reply


Fresnel lens with collimating lens set-up

Hi. Boatingman here. When I joined Instrucables several years ago, there was a post showing a fresnel lens salvaged from an old TV, then set up with the mirror from the same TV, and then set up with a set of collimating lenses. Now, of course, this didn't make an actual laser, but it did extend the useful range of the focal point and, thanks to the mounting system shown, could actually be aimed. I can't locate this "Instructable", so if anyone out there does have it (or if you have done something similar), could you please let me know. Thank you.    Ed

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Field of view of a lens?

Hunting through the attic I found an old 35mm projector. I wondered what governs the field of view of the lens system - for this projector it is obviously about the size of a 35 mm slide but for my video projector it must be considerable bigger although the lens looks similar. (I know hat isn't a very scientific judgement!)

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Macro lens attachments

I recently got a set of marco lenses for my DSLR, an old E300. They are the simple kind, basically a magnifying lens that screws onto the the existing lens system like a filter. My first impressions of this simple and relatively cheap alternative to a dedicated macro lens in the 400$ range were quite good. But I also found some downsides and would like to know if they are a general thing to accept or a result of poor quality standards. 1. Although about 20% of the lens are unused (nothing at all visible when covering the outsides of the lens) there is some nocticable distortion happening. Especially the corner areas of the image when the object fills the entire picture appear to be slightly bend. Is that due to the marcro lens being a single and cheap system or a general thing with these marcro filter lenses? 2. It is quite hard to to get a clear focus even with F22 settings and good light. With the X4 lens it is not too bad and leaves about 8mm of totally sharp image before it gets blurry. But when using the X10 lens I often have troubles getting a sharp image of an object that goes less than 5mm into the background. Using a smaller setting, like f11 and only 1-2mm of the image is clear and sharp while everything in front or in the back of this area gets more and more blurry. Is this due to the marco lens affecting the focus? For example taking a full size shot of a rose flower is next to impossible if the entire flower should be be sharp - I would like to be able to get at least 10mm of totally sharp image when using f22 settings :( If this is a downside of cheap filter lenses then I already learned my lesson, but would like to know a bit more before saving money on a dedicated macro lens that I will rarly use...

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ZnSe lens cleaning

At work we have a ZING laser knockoff and SOMEbody "accidentally" walked off aaaand it caught on fire. Almost everything has been tried to clean it, even putting it in acetone in the ultrasonic cleaner, and the lens is still crap. Short of buying a £75 replacement lens what inexpensive methods could be used to return it to a near-original state?

Topic by The Ideanator    |  last reply


Lens Filter Question

I am fairly new to the DSLR world and I like the use of polarizer filters but is a polarizer filter still effective with a UV filter on top of it? I have it like this so I can easily rotate the polarizer filter

Question by physics_dude    |  last reply


SLR Lens Bracelets

Bracelets made out of old SLR lenses obscenely expensive, but easy enough to make yourselfhttp://www.oyemodern.com/index.php?page=2&_a=viewCat&catId;=36i made 6 bracelets out of one $10 lens i picked up on eBay.

Topic by Robb    |  last reply


LED torch lens?

I have this LED torch, a luxeon 'MXDL' (next to a AA battery in the photo). It's a 3 watt LED torch (supposedly) running on a AAA battery connected to a joule thief of some sort (it has some sort of transistor, a capacitor, and an inductor), but it isn't that bright,( being about the same as a 3 5mm LED torch which has these lenses), but I still like it because of its compact size and light output. Anyhow, its throw is kinda poor, and I was wondering whether I could put a cheap lens onto it (from out of, say a camera's lens) to increase throw. Would it work? How would I go about it? P.S: I found these AAA li-ion batteries online, but I didn't even know that those batteries existed. If I put one of them into my torch, they'd probably increase brightness a lot, but because they are only rated at 300mah, I really doubt if it would be worth buying them. What do you think?

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The Best Fresnel Lens on eBay

I did a quick bit of research into Fresnel lens pricing and found this... the best Fresnel lens on eBay. Fresnel lensIs BlindSight selling stuff on eBay?

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


Fresnel lens vs. reflectors

Hi I would like to make a solar meat BBQ, which is more efficient in space to heat ration. a Fresnel lens or reflectors pointing to where the food is? Thanks

Topic by phddas    |  last reply


Right angle camera lens?

Has anyone made a camera lens that works like a periscope? Something that shoots around corners? They are available commercially (x-tremegeek.com) but it seems like it would be more fun to make one.

Question by brandegor    |  last reply


Soda can fisheye lens

Make your own cheap fisheye lens for your camera with a peephole lens. This type of hack has been covered before including here and here, but it's always cool to see another take on it The fisheye tin cam via Photojojo

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Where to find biconcave lens?

I want to make the google cardboard VR, but I cannot find biconcave lens. Is there any household thing that contains biconcave lenses with about 45 mm focal lengh and can the spectacle lenses be used for this project? Also buying online is not an option for me.

Question by Ahtasham Ahmad Mohtashim    |  last reply


How to build a lens hood?

I'm looking for a way to build a cheap threaded lens hood for my video camera

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Magnifying Lens and Solar Panels! Answered

 Would a magnifying glass/lens increase the amount of solar energy to a solar panel/cell? or would it just block the rays? i'm a bit confused because people haven't done it before and because people put glass (and silicon) in front of solar cells all the time.

Question by Houdinipeter    |  last reply


what to do with 35mm camera lens??

My old Minolta 35mm film camera has not been used in 10+ years. Time for a new purpose or recycle. What can be done with old lenses? I have several telephoto. Old 35mm camera bodies? Those are great ideas! I'm really glad I asked.

Question by ripperman2    |  last reply


How to remove an M42 Lens mount? Answered

Hello, I recently bought an adaptor for my Canon 600d ( rebel 3 ? ) to allow M42 lenses to fit to it. That was fine but the adaptor is stuck on the camera. It is not cross threaded. I have tried using slip-jawed pliers really hard, but not as hard as I could because I was afraid of damaging something. There is a small hole in the front of the adaptor if I press that and turn it , the adaptor separates, so I stopped that method. Any advice ? If not , I'll just go with the pliers as hard as I can. Thanks

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Re-purpose slide projector lens?

Can a 100 to 200mm slide projector lens be used as an add on telephoto lens for my small digital camera?  They're cheaper than used camera lenses.

Question by Hubiewan    |  last reply


Laser Pointer Custom Lens Image

Was wondering if anyone has info on making a custom 'lens' for a laser pointer. Not sure what it's called, I just say lens [the piece responsible for making the laser beam into a star, crosshair,  or whatever]

Topic by Sovereignty    |  last reply


ADNS 2620 Mouse Sensor and Lens?

MAIN QUESTION: What is a good simple way to hack together my own tiny lens that can go over a mouse sensor chip to allow it to focus about 10-20 cm away? I bought a bunch of these mouse sensors https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12907 (which are basically tiny cameras) right before I came down to panama I was hoping they could solve an ant-traffic monitoring problem I will be working on for the next few months. I basically need a really cheap device that I can point at part of a tree, and have it tell me whether or not an ant is walking by. Here’s a bigger description of the problem (with pictures!) http://andy.dorkfort.com/andy/digitalnatural/2014/05/30/intro-to-arboreal-ant-sensor-main-project-summer-2014/ (Main Pic http://andy.dorkfort.com/andy/digitalnatural/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/05/img_5388c64dc9c86.png) Anyway through some quick hacking (still don't have a resonator for it until next week), i managed to get the thing working. So after lots of messing around, i got the first steps to it working going on! Based off this: http://tim.cexx.org/?p=613 I modded an arduino sketch and a processing sketch to read the image, and display the image in processing: https://github.com/quitmeyer/AntSensorPrototype/tree/master/OpticalMouse%20Sensing Go into the examples folder and look for ADNScamera for the arduino, and the readmouseimage sketch for the corresponding one. Things are STILL way hacky. The guy from http://tim.cexx.org/?p=613 has a nice pinlayout and schematic, but I didn’t have an oscillator, so I just put at jumper wire between the osc in and out. I’m sure this is bad, but it actually functions and responds! I also don’t have a lens for it.

Question by blorgggg  


Pinhole camera lens for compact digital camera?

Hello, Is it possible to make a pinhole lens for a compact digital camera? I mean an add-on; nothing that requires dismantling the camera. I've looked around on the internet and realise that it is easy to make a pinhole lens with a DSLR; I tried the same technique with my compact but the result is as shown. I don't mind experimenting further but I just thought that I would check if it is possible and worth pursuing ; and if not, why not? Thank you.

Question by FriendOfHumanity    |  last reply


How do the internal elements of a 28-80 mm lens differ from a 28-200 mm lens? Answered

I'm trying to follow an I'ble posted by Patholio (fisheye lens, https://www.instructables.com/id/cheap-fisheye-lens/). He used an element of a 28-200 mm lens. I have disassembled a 28-80 lens, but the results are less spectacular even though the focal length at the low range (28mm) is the same. I can imagine that the elements of both lenses differ, hence the difference. Is this the explanation?

Question by bertus52x11    |  last reply


What can I do with an old zoom lens??

Panasonic TV zoom lens J6X12 12.5-75mm 1:1.8 . It can be used as a variable magnifier, and would need a stand and lamp, but I'm looking for something more 'Instructable'.

Question by dziadek    |  last reply


camera lens won't close and camera can't focus Answered

My kodak easyshare mini camera fell 1m off a table onto a hard floor, while the lens was opened. now it won't close properly and the camera won't focus at all. we have tried gently forcing it shut and twisting the lens, etc can anyone help me or is my camera ruined?

Question by AussieAnglerGal    |  last reply



Zoom

Do someone know how to make a kind of motorized optical zoom? it need to be cheap (mayB buying some cheap stuff at the dollar store (binocular some stuff like that)) (shorting all this means: I need to make a optical zoomer that i can control whit some button) thx Koax

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Would a solar convection oven be possible?

 I have a Odis Spunkmeyer convection cookie oven, and it seems to me one could superheat air and blow it in with solar, perhaps a tube that would be more practical for heating just air then blowing the air into the oven. Is this just me thinking out of my butt or is this feasible?

Question by Sarah C J    |  last reply


How can I make a lens hood?

Http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/803637

Question by Yakim    |  last reply


improvised WIDE ANGLE lens for camera phone

I've seen -ibles on macro lens added to cam phone. I've done this myself. Simple. Is there a way to do a wide angle?

Topic by Toga_Dan    |  last reply


[Requesting help] Need to dye a lens filter

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on how I can take clear plastic and totally black it out I am trying to create a shaped bokeh effect in a uv filter for a more permanent setting than cut out paper (what most people do). Now I bought quite a few for different shapes or if I mess up. Last night I printed out on sticker paper a heart and placed it in the center of the filter and used Krylon fusion (spray paint for plastic) on the filter. It took quite a few coats to get it so light never shined through. When It looked good I peeled of the heart sticker and half the paint went with it. An obvious failure. What im trying now is, I took that filter and scratched it up a bit and I found some super glue and just thinly spread some across the lens (to hopefully give the paint something to grip to) let that sit over night it was too late to paint. And today I am now putting a few coats on it and i plan to actually cut the heart shape out of the filter.

Topic by Ampix0    |  last reply


Shallow depth of Field... From a tiny lens?

It is a nice effect to open up the aperture of a camera, focus on the subject, and allow the background to go blurry.  But many of today's still and video cameras have a tiny aperture. How can I get shallow depth of field from such a camera?

Topic by Toga_Dan    |  last reply


How do I remove the rear lens cap from a Canon manual focus FD lens.? Answered

 This is a 50mm lens from a Canon manual focus A1 camera.  The knurled metal ring on the rear of the lens will not turn. I could have installed a cap from one of the newer style FD lenses.

Question by martinm5862    |  last reply


Where can I find a lens for my laser?

I'm building a laser gun and I would like a lens for the laser to shine through. How much of an effect would this have and where can I find a lens? Could I salvage the one from my broken galaxy player's camera? Also, what would the effect be to feed the laser extra power? Right now, it runs off of three button batteries, like the cheap ones packaged with many things, but I would like to run it off of a battery bank with four AA batteries.

Question by metalshiflet    |  last reply


non UV(A) blocking plastic / lens, any ideas

I'm building a UV(A) 365nm powerLED lamp and need to protect the leds without loosing performance. Does anybody know of a plastic to protect the led without blocking the uv, glass is to fragile (and blocks), it's for heavy use.

Question by Fonnie    |  last reply


Help/guidance needed: Seven colour laser spirograph with lens'

So I'm trying to make a seven colored laser Spirograph, with lens' (that turn the beam into a crosshair for example) and I can't for the life of me work out how to make it work properly. I can design it so that I either have the lens or the Spirograph, but I cannot make it so that the Spirograph fits through the barrel of the lens thread. I think my best option might be to have two holes in the front of the device or use concave mirrors, what do you guys think?

Topic by 5225jackiechanman    |  last reply


Parallel beam of light out of biconvex lens f=45mm

Hi, I would like to create an almost parallel beam of light with an LED and a biconvex lens. Therefore I have to place the LED directly in the focal point. I thought of a setup with a PVC pipe with threading: I could glue the lens to one end and screw a cap onto the other. Then I would drill a hole in the middle of the cap and stick the LED through the hole. By screwing the cap back and forth on the PVC pipe I would be able to find the exact focal point and then fix the cap in place. There is just one problem: Lenses are either incredibly expensive or only available as sets. The only exception I found so far are lenses for google cardboard. They sell for just a few euros on ebay. Google cardboard lenses have a focal length of 45mm and different diameters, I would like to use a diameter of 25mm which is no problem. Now I wonder: Is the focal length of 45mm too small ? Will I be able to get an (almost) parallel beam of light out of this setup ? The LED is no ideal point light source. Originally I wanted to get f>80mm but that is really expensive. Anyone with experience on this kind of setup ? Tips you could share ? Can I get this to work, or will the approach be too unprecise.

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Mounting Lenses On Your Microscope

I found a broken cell phone with it’s camera and wondered if the lens could be used as a microscope objective. Image A shows the lens and it’s mounting with the CCD. The back of the lens is shown. The lens is about 4 to 5 mm in diameter. The starters from florescent lights make good lens holders. Image B shows a starter along with my modifications to hold the cell camera lens. The starter tube has 4 slits along the length so it can be compressed to fit the turret of the microscope. Image C shows it mounted on the turret. Image D shows the resulting view of a feather. It’s quite bad. Image E shows, for comparison, the view through an ordinary 20x objective (.40 NA). Here are some more lenses that I tried: Lens from a discarded flatbed scanner..... Very good! Lens from a 8mm movie camera...... Fair. Lens from the laser pickup of a discarded CD player..... Almost worthless. To take pictures through the microscope, I used eyepiece projection with a wide angle eyepiece. The lens on the camera was set to wide angle and maximum aperture, with a remote used to trigger the shutter. The camera’s LCD was used to focus and adjust the image. The camera’s autofocus handles the rest. For even illumination, be sure to center the objective lens over the substage condenser.

Topic by ShutterBugger    |  last reply


digital camera? Answered

I have seen somewhere a cut down digital camera rehoused in a wooden box. the thought strikes me- I have several redundant Olympus lenses could I successfully take a point and shoot digital camera, remove the lens, mount the camera body in a box and add my Olympus lenses to the front to make an exchangeable lens digital camera? I realize I would need to get the lens to CCD distance right but that doesn't seem to be all that difficult - I can engineer an adjustable mount if necessary. it seems a pity to have all these lenses and nothing to do with them. Opinions guys?

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Designer eye trauma

Five hundred pounds will buy you a work of art only half an inch across. Horror-fan Kevin Carter, 36, spends up to two days hand-painting colourful dye on to each lens with a fine brush. The result turns customers into zombies, mutants, gives them an eye with teeth, or mirror-finish eyes.  For the connoisseur (or horror movie actor), there is the traumatised look... Daily Mail article with more images.

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LEDs from ebay? Answered

Is ebay a reliable source of LEDs? I bought a 3 watt LED off there once (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/3-X-POCKET-LUXEON-3-WATT-LED-TORCH-FLASHLIGHT-LIGHT-3W-/320514643442) and it had kinda poor performance...but I don't know whether it was because the torch itself was poor or if the fact that buying it from ebay was what made it bad. Any how, I'm looking for a 1 - 3 watt LED, and a (narrow beam) lens for it, and was wondering where I could get it all for under $10 (AU). WOuld ebay be a reliable choice?

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Any suggestions for a 5mm - 10mm telescope eyepiece?

I am currently using a home built 3'' refracting telescope, and want to build a shorter focal length eyepiece to get some detail for observing planets (lunar surface, rings on Saturn, more of the moons of Jupiter. The current setup uses a plossl eyepiece with about a 25mm focal length, giving 30 to 40x magnification, and allowing very clear viewing of the moon, and will pick out three of Jupiters moons on a clear night. Ideally I'd like a 5mm to 10mm focal length, for a 100 to 200x magnification. I've considered using the lens out of a DVD drive, which looks as though it could work, although I've only seen one example of it done before. I also have a selection of reasonable quality prisms and lenses about 1'' diameter, with focal lengths from about 2'' to 4''. So, how well would a DVD drive lens work, and are there any interesting designs that make an eyepiece with a focal length significantly shorter than any of its component lenses (in the same way the focal length of a plossl is about 1/2 the focal length of the lenses used). Thanks in advance for any help. (Would this get better response in the photography section)

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can anybody show me how to open the lens of pentax Optio LS1000. its lens stuck in the middle???

Can anybody show me how to open the lens of pentax Optio LS1000. its lens stuck in the middle??? i've already open the camera but opening the lens part is risky...so i need some instructions to open the jammed lens...

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Where can I find a Fresnel Lens in LA?

I am trying to find a Fresnel lens for making a cheap DIY projector, and I checked the websites for a few stores nearby and haven't had any luck. Does anyone know of any stores like Lowes or Home Depot that carry fresnel lenses?

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Tilt shift lens for point and shoot (with filter mount)? Answered

Hey i was just wondering if you could make some sort of tilt shift lens for a higher end point and shoot (like panasonic fz100) that has a 52mm filter mount, or do you have to have a DSLR with interchangeable lenses. Thanks in advance :)

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Isolating the lens assembly and LCD from a digital camera

Hello, Instructablers, I hope you can help. I'm trying to make a functional pair of night vision goggles based on the premise that digital camera photosensors detect IR range light while the human eye cannot. I have an old, functional Sony cybershot that I'm willing to scrap for the job, but the innards are far more complicated than I was expecting. As I am trying for a wearable, head mounted unit, I would like to shave off as much bulk from the camera unit as possible -- I do not, after all, still need picture taking capability anymore, merely a digital display. Any suggestions on where to begin? EDIT: Correct me if I'm wrong, but the more I think about this the more it seems like it would be more practical to buy a standalone microcamera and mini LCD. However, what method of output and input would these typically use? Would a simple microcontroller like Arduino suffice to perform all the necessary processing to feed video from the camera to the display? Does any of this even sound reasonable? Thanks in advance and sorry if photography isn't the right section for this, Ninepound

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How to make sterile saline for contact lens storage

It would be amazing to learn how to make sterile saline solution for simple contact lens solution. Most commercially available contact lens solutions have harsh detergents (granted, to keep bacteria at bay), and they are expensive and irritating. I've been using plain sterile saline for years without issue but it's just salt and water - can't somebody tell us how to make it for free?NOTE: Nevermind. I just saw this crazy letter. http://www.craig.copperleife.com/health/saline.htm. I will stick with store-bought.

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How would I get a non-corrective contact lens prescription? Answered

I want some of these: http://www.9mmsfx.com/lenses.html But you need a prescription.

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