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Cell phone wide angle and fish eye lenses

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Get your wide angle on with these lenses from Photojojo designed to be held up to your cell phone’s camera. [via Core77]

4 thoughts on “Cell phone wide angle and fish eye lenses

  1. A disposable camera has all the optics you need for macro, wide angle and fisheye. It interesting to learn how the shutter and other parts of a disposable camera operate.

    Here’s an article showing how to extract and use the lenses:

    http://schools.stopwaste.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=397:cell-phone-camera-lens-hack&catid=98:reuse-corner&Itemid=163

    The article also has links to the science behind optics and tutorials for basic photo composition to help further your understanding.

    1. + 1 for making your own (these do look pretty slick, though).

      I have two lens components from an old 35mm point and shoot that work as macro lenses. On my project list is a way to unobtrusively mount them to my phone. I was thinking a wood or maybe even epoxy resin frame. If possible, I’m going to avoid tape and rubber bands. Unfortunately, magnets won’t work with my particular phone.

      I also hear CD and DVD player laser lenses work great for macro lenses.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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