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DIY - macro lens for 10$

posted by robgr85, May 9, 2007 1:33 AM — 20 comments


Just made my first macro lens, do not laugh at me :) From time to time I like to do something by myself. It's time for macro lens :)

check it!


the text tutorial for that video is on the website:

text tutorial

Best Regards,

P.S. My vocal isn't good, but it is so damn hard to add the voice to muted video when You see that there is less and less time.

P.S.S. Some of my photos on sxc are made with this lens and another DIY project (tutorial will show up soon) - extension tubes - they helps to achieve greater magnification.

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1. posted by dmuk13, May 20, 2007 2:35 PM

Fantastic guide. i wont be doing it as i have a macro lens... and a adaptor that means i get get within 7mm of the object. lol but its a fantastic and simple guide.

2. posted by cfandm, Jul 4, 2007 4:01 PM

Always cool to see DIY photo lenses.
Found this tut awhile ago on another site. Also I used an extension for taking shots far away from the subjects to not disturb them... 06/of-art-and-frames.html

3. posted by nkerzman, May 9, 2007 8:15 PM

I liked your process, original and intuitive. Thanks for taking the time to create and post the video.

4. posted by crisderaud, May 25, 2007 8:11 PM

Thanks for the inspiration.

5. posted by mafdet, May 27, 2007 5:56 PM

Ingenius! Useful idea, well thought out and explained, thanks.

6. posted by crisderaud, Jun 3, 2007 3:19 PM

I just couldn't find any materials so I went ahead and paid the $60 for a set of three macro conversion lens for my non-slr camera. This blog and your photos influenced my decision to buy. ~Cris

7. posted by AP-TURE, Jun 3, 2007 8:51 PM

Nice Work Robert! What a great result from your lens, I can not hear anyone laughing now! The fly image is fantastic!

8. posted by idesign-er, Jun 3, 2007 10:28 PM

I love those DIY projects! Your results are great and I have to try it too. :) It shouldn't be hard to find an old camera for a "donor".

Thanks for the tutorial!

9. posted by nickdench, Jun 3, 2007 11:40 PM

Hehehe - I love this stuff. Good on you and thanks for making my day.

10. posted by Emmama, Jun 20, 2007 5:52 PM

Just checked on ebay, looks to be about 15 for the camera at the moment... I'm tempted to give it a go.

11. posted by jarsem, Jul 21, 2007 4:23 PM

bys napisal to tez po polsku :)
"write this at polish tooo, please"

12. posted by jarsem, Jul 21, 2007 4:24 PM

a ciekawe czy standardowy obiektyw od Zenka by sie nadal ?

13. posted by niller, Jul 21, 2007 7:40 PM

The Video site contains virus and spam popups!

14. posted by przybysz, Jul 26, 2007 12:13 AM

Kapitalny pomys?:)

15. posted by robgr85, Jul 26, 2007 3:47 PM

The Video site contains virus and spam popups!

You must be joking :) metacafe is same service like or

16. posted by TallMike, Aug 5, 2007 11:32 PM

Very nice! I love seeing people's creativity at home! :D

17. posted by thejanet, Aug 22, 2007 3:20 PM

This is super! I think a Japanese screw punch might be easier to use than a drill, or perhaps just easier for me since I'm used to it.

Of course if you don't have a Japanese screw punch, you would spend all the money you saved on the macro lens buying one.

Anyway, just a thought. Thanks so much for showing me how to make this lens, I have uh, several donor bodies to use. :)

18. posted by boymc, Oct 17, 2009 10:21 AM

thanks for information :)

19. posted by duckeggpie, Nov 6, 2008 10:34 PM

I want to buy a macro lens for my canon eos 350D, can anyone reccomend which one to get?

20. posted by demidi, May 11, 2010 2:16 AM

Nice, I will try that !

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