5 Minute Fish Eye Mount for Compact Cameras




Take sweet wide angle pictures with your camera for under 10 €!

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Step 1: You Will Need:

A stanley knife

A door viewer from the hardware store (mine was 9 €)

A 8cm piece of squishy insulation tube with a hole diameter of around 1.5cm
(This does not need to be a 100% accurate..)

And your camera of course

Step 2: Cutting Out the Tube:

Fully extend the lens of your camera.
Make sure to use the zoom to determine the the position at which the lens extends the most.

Measure the diameter of the BASE PART of the lens and how far it extends and use your stanley knife to cut out one side of the tube to fit the base part of the lens. Make sure that you end up with a rather tight fit as this connection will hold the mount.
Also make sure to cut out enough material in the tube to guarantee that the lens does not touch it and can move freely.

Test fit 

Step 3: Almost Done!

Push in the door viewer on the non-modified side of the tube
(you might need cut out some foam here as well.. if your are lucky like me the door viewer fits perfectly.)

Fit your mount to your cam, zoom in all the way in to reduce the black border in your pictures and your done!

Happy fish-eye'in !

hint: Get really close the the stuff you are taking pictures of to get cool stretchy effects.

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    15 Discussions


    6 years ago on Step 3

    Very nice and a great idea, I wonder if theres a place to get a good, tiny fish eye lens with better image quality than a peep hole lens? I have one of those little Key Fob spy cams with a wide lens, not fish eye, just wide but you can buy just the lens on ebay for like $12.00 USD, It may be worth a shot! On the writing stuff, I didnt (lol) need the comma or the re to know what you meant. lol your, you're, youre if you were talking instead of writing, it wouldnt matter one bit.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Zacker! Check out maxhuey's comment below. He found detachable lenses that should work for smaller cameras.
    Link: http://dx.com/p/detachable-180-degree-wide-angle-fish-eye-lens-for-cell-phones-and-digital-cameras-red-black-120656?item=6 .
    These are not tiny but quite a bit smaller the the instructable.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Not knocking but, better result at half the material price: http://dx.com/p/detachable-180-degree-wide-angle-fish-eye-lens-for-cell-phones-and-digital-cameras-red-black-120656?item=6

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yes! most definitely... After you have the "fun" buy that one, it is magnetically put on the lens. I have one and it works extremely well, take off anytime you do not need. by the way I am no way connected to DealExtreme. :-)))


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The attaching point of the aftermarket lens has a magnetic ring. Kit comes with metal washer with self adhesive backing.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Most of these aftermarket lens comes with a couple of metal washers that has self adhesive back. You simply stick the washer in the area surrounding the lens, then the lens will attach to the washer magnetically. Easily remove when not needed.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Sparks a few more ideas, underwater webcams?
    I guess I must be posting too early. No knockers as yet.
    Right. The ones that knock an effort but don't post there own.
    Great thinking.


    6 years ago on Step 3

    Very interesting. I recently joined a photo club and will have to try this and then show the resulting pics to my fellow club members. Incidentally, when you say "you are done" and you abbreviate the "you are" it should be "you're" not 'your". I see this error so frequently these days and wonder if it is intentional or the result of a poor school system.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I live this kind of simple (and genius) idea -- now I just need to figure out how to rig a door viewer to a phone camera.... sugru might do the trick though of course it has to be removable.... anyway, very inspiring instructable!

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I meant to say "love" not "live" but some glitch is preventing me from deleting my comment and fixing it....