Make your own DIY kaleidoscopic lens filter for only $20

Feb 15, 2018

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.

Make your own DIY kaleidoscopic lens filter for only $20

Feb 15, 2018

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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The kaleidoscopic effect can look mesmerizing in photos and videos. I tried achieving something like that with a prism, but photographer and videographer Travis Owens has a more clever suggestion. He has made his own kaleidoscope filter for only $20 (and it can get even cheaper). Aside from being affordable, it’s easy to make, and the effect is pretty interesting. Take a look.

Travis bought these kaleidoscope glasses, which cost around $12, but Travis says you can get them for about $3 on eBay.

He removed one of the lenses from the glasses and put it inside a 49mm-52mm adapter ring. Travis warns that the kaleidoscope glass will rub against the glass of the lens, so you need two or more adapters to extend it safely.

Finally, he screwed his new DIY lens filter on the lens he had with a 49mm screw mount.

Here are some quick test shots Travis took to try out the DIY filter:

I was fascinated by kaleidoscopes when I was a kid, and now that I’m all grown up – I still think they can give an interesting twist to photos and videos. So, I guess this will be my next DIY project to have fun with.

About Travis Owens

When he isn’t making fun DIY filters, Travis shoots the “Society Gurl” series on Youtube/Syracuse New Times, and other videos for Syracuse Woman Magazine, & Pinup Industry magazine. If you’d like to check out more of his work, make sure to follow him on Instagram and like his Facebook page.

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Dunja Djudjic

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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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3 responses to “Make your own DIY kaleidoscopic lens filter for only $20”

  1. On Film Only Avatar
    On Film Only

    Great idea! Will have to try this out

  2. Chris Brock Avatar
    Chris Brock

    Looks like the time I broke a lens, but not nearly as sharp.

  3. Duke Vukadinovic Avatar
    Duke Vukadinovic

    I was really impressed by kaleidoscopes when I was a kid and that fascination hasn’t faded until this day! Now, thanks to you I can share my passion with people around me because this looks like an awesome gift idea :)