How to make a DIY phone macro lens from an old DVD player

Aug 5, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

How to make a DIY phone macro lens from an old DVD player

Aug 5, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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I pretty sure most of us have an old DVD player lying around and collecting dust. I know I do. Well, if you want to repurpose the outdated, broken or unused DVD player, photographer Raj Khepar will show you how to use one of its parts and make a DIY macro lens for your smartphone.

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The project is pretty simple and dirt cheap. You’ll need the DVD player, some adhesive putty, and a screwdriver.

Start by dismantling the DVD player. The thing you’re looking for is a small lens which presumably focuses the laser onto the DVD. I remember cleaning that thing with a cotton swab every time a CD wouldn’t work, praying that it would solve the problem. Good times.

Once you get the lens, roll some putty into a strip, wrap it around your phone’s camera, and attach the DVD player’s lens on top.

The focusing distance with the lens like this is extremely small, and it can even show the cell structure of an onion. It reveals the whole new worlds in everyday objects (like pretty much every macro lens, for that matter). Of course, you can also always buy a snap-on macro lens for your phone, but where’s fun in that? : )

[Make a MACRO LENS for your PHONE! | Raj K Photo]

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2 responses to “How to make a DIY phone macro lens from an old DVD player”

  1. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    I used a water drop on the lens …. i think it works fine as well – any idea whats the magnification power of such lens?

    1. dan Avatar
      dan

      The sensor on a phone is pretty small so magnification would be hard to say , but, I have a 2:1 macro lens and I would compare those two as pretty much the same fov. Try other lens as well. Cheap pet lasers have a focusing lens in them as well, much cheaper than dvd and much easier disassembly.