How to Make a Macro Lens for Free!

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How to Make a Macro Lens for Free!
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If you don't have a disposable camera check your local pharmacy's film development area. Ask the associate if you can have a few from the trash.

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Take the camera apart- carefully. DISCLAIMER- I was in a hurry and grabbed what looked like a battery with my fingers. It was the capacitor and I got a pretty nice jolt. Ouch! You've been warned!

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Note: If you can't tell the difference between the battery and the capacitor, google it.

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You are doing this project on your own free will and the guide maker assumes no responsibility for any injuries that might result.

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If you grab the capacitor you WILL get shocked, it WILL hurt, and it's going to scare the crap out of you. Don't do it. Make sure you know what you're grabbing before you grab it. That's your job.

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Now that I've further warned you about safety- on with the project! :)

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I originally wanted to make this macro lens in a different style, but they gave me the wrong camera casing back & I made due with what I had. For more ideas go to Pinterest, type "macro" in explore

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Take camera apart, save the lens. Be careful!

Take camera apart, save the lens. Be careful!

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Use a cutting tool to make a small hole in your rubber band, here I used nail clippers.   Use a rubber band from broccoli or some other vegetable.

Use a cutting tool to make a small hole in your rubber band, here I used nail clippers. Use a rubber band from broccoli or some other vegetable.

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Stretch your rubber band across the top of your phone, placing the hole over your built in camera's lens. Slide the salvaged lens under the rubber band's hole and over your phone's lens.

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Wipe off any smudges it may have acquired from your fingers while putting it in place. That's it. Simplest way I've found to do this so far! It's not fancy

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I'm sure you could use a hot glue gun or epoxy to hold the lens to the rubber band and make it one piece, which you could then just wear on your wrist or throw in your wallet/purse for storage.

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Picture of feathers with regular iPhone at the same distance as the picture in the next slide.

Picture of feathers with regular iPhone at the same distance as the picture in the next slide.

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Picture of feathers that I took with my macro lens.

Picture of feathers that I took with my macro lens.

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This is the edge of a Cutco knife ( black is plastic from cutting something for another project)

This is the edge of a Cutco knife ( black is plastic from cutting something for another project)

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Super close up of skin with tattoo.

Super close up of skin with tattoo.

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Can't take this photo without the macro- it just blurs up.

Can't take this photo without the macro- it just blurs up.

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This is my wrist, and as close as I can get with my phone without macro before it goes blurry.

This is my wrist, and as close as I can get with my phone without macro before it goes blurry.

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Have fun! If you improve this or come up with other ways to make a macro lens please comment! Thanks!

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