Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Homemade Macro Lens for Phones


Here's a little tip to get your mobile phone to take great macro pictures.
The best part? It'll cost you next to nothing!

You will need an old CD or preferably a DVD burner drive from a computer, a mobile phone and some adhesive putty/rubber.

So, let's get started!

Follow my guide on taking the drive apart until you get to the laser assembly, which is pretty much at the end.

You should have something like this:

That lens you see is the one we will be needing. Carefully dislodge it with a toothpick or a small screwdriver.
This one was held in by three dots of glue and was fairly easy to remove.

Depending on the drive you disassembled, you might have a different lens or even more than one.
Typically, you have the lens you see above and sometimes a smaller one for focusing the laser beam. That one is normally very close to the actual laser, which in this case, is at the top left.
Though this was one of the drives that only had that big lens.

Here are some other lenses I've come about:

The lens found in the DVD burner drive gave better pictures than those in the CD drives. Either way, the increase of macro from using any lens was staggering.

Use some adhesive putty to stick it to your phones camera making sure not to cover up the lens, like so:

Some examples!

Digitally zoomed into a LCD. Pretty neat.


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