How to Make a Macro Lens

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Intro: How to Make a Macro Lens

In this instructable I'll show you how to make a Macro lens. Macro lens's are used to take close up pictures of stuff. Most cameras (like mine) can't take a clear picture if the object is to close, this lens will help when taking really close up pictures. This is great for taking pictures for an instructable!

You'll Need:

- Some small Lens's (you can get these from Binoculars, Cheap rifle scopes or small magnify glasses, or pretty much anything)
- A Dremel
- A Razor
- Card Board, Wood
- Small Plastic bottle


Step 1: Different Lens's

There are two different lens's I'll show how to make. I'll show you how to make a cardboard one first.
To make the cardboard type, cut out a circle of card board that fits over your cameras lens, then drill or cut a hole in the card board and insert the lens, Your Done!! (with that type) you can use either duct tape or tacky to keep it on.

Step 2: 2nd Lens Type

This is a better model, but its a little harder to make. First, you'll have to find a plastic bottle that fits over the lens of your camera. Then, once you find a bottle bottom drill a hole the size of the lens and put the lens in the hole, now you have completed your lens.

Step 3: Attaching the Different Lenses

Here is how I attach the lenses, this will differ on what type of camera you have.

Step 4: Different Sizes

Different size lenses will result in different pictures, the small the lens the closer up pictures possible the bigger the lens not so close pictures possible

Step 5: Resulting Pictures

Here are some pictures I got.

Ask if you have any questions

Enjoy!!

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    macgyver71

    2 years ago

    Outstanding tut! This poor white boy thanks you. I have an old SLR (the FIRST digital Rebel model), with 2 lenses, this will open a few more options. Much appreciaed

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    starforest

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Will this lens work for all types of cameras?

    The picures at the end are wonderful. Great job.

    i,ve been make macro lens fo my phone. i got from telescope lens. it,s work great..

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    sgsidekick

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have that same camera! It fits in my purse where my other one doesn't. And....find that the macro just doesn't do what I want it to, so this is a good instructable for me! What did you use for the lenses? I HAVE to go get it and make this!! I'm an amateur photog who is starting to win blue ribbons now at the fairs, but I want MORE!! *haha*

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    Emsaidsgsidekick

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I got the lenses out my brothers old pellet rifle's scope, you can get cheap scopes at wal-mart for a couple of bucks.

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    mrmartyman7Emsaid

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Could a lens from another un working camera be used, or does it have to be from a scope or telescope?
    I have a sony handyDCR-SR68camcorder , close ups are very hard to get clear.
    It has auto focus will an additional lens effect the auto focus?

    Also no software any one have the software I can download, i bought the camera
    a month ago it was a display got a great deal but not happy with some functions.
    Can anyone help ?

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    Emsaidmrmartyman7

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    yes, any type of lens will work. however some may not work as well as others (not magnify as much as others)

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    schumi23Emsaid

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    sounds to me like all lens are equal, but some are equalizer then others

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    mrmartyman7Emsaid

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the fast reply I will work on it , nothing fancy at first and then post my results . After I see how to improve it I'll post more results.

    This is a great thread thank you

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    hpnerdghmk

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks guy!! it work!
    and sorry for my English "google translator".....

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    captain Jack

    6 years ago on Introduction

    can you post more information on where to get these little lenses from? Ebay maybe? That's the most difficult part!

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    mirusevcaptain Jack

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I have these two, the results are amazing even with $50 camera :)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-x-21mm-Jeweler-Loupe-Eye-Magnifier-Magnifying-Light-/280561985220?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4152cc26c4

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/30x-21mm-Jewelers-Eye-Loupe-Magnifier-Magnifying-glass-/180897430570?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1e53bc2a

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    rishabkhincha

    6 years ago on Step 5

    can u please mail this pdf file to me
    my email id is rishabkhincha@yahoo.com

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    LegitimatelyEpic

    6 years ago on Step 5

    that is crazy! This will definitely help with my phone camera

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    lopeznora

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I appreciate you for posting such a wonderful information.

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    AmpOwl

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea. This would be really good for taking pictures of my really small instructables.

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    Emsaid

    8 years ago on Step 1

    I got these lenses from an old rifle scope. you can buy scopes from wal-mart for around $5