DIY Fisheye Lens Camera Hack
D.I.Y. Fisheye lens for your digital SLR or point-and-shoot camera...
Like most tech websites we love a good old D.I.Y hack. These two hardware hacks from Banjomaster over at Instructables, and Wan Chi Lau from RainyDayPhotography, will have you taking shots with a DIY fisheye lens for under $20.
Rigging your SLR with a D.I.Y. fisheye lens is relatively easy but you will need access to a couple of tools, a piece of particle board, a wide-angle doorway peephole, some glue, duct tape, and your SLR and lens shield.
First up you’ll need to cut the two pieces of particle board to the exact dimensions you require. One piece should fit neatly into the lens shield, the other will accommodate the wide-angle doorway peephole. Drill holes in both of these pieces and glue them together as shown in the picture.
Next all you need to do its secure your wide-angle door peephole in the wood frame, then duct tape the whole thing into the concave of the lens shield.
One thing to note with both of these hacks (more prominent with the SLR) is that the wide-angle door peephole is smaller than the cameras original lens, resulting in the shadow of the fisheye lens taking up more space in your shots compared to those taken with a professional fisheye lens.
In response to Banjomaster’s SLR fisheye hack, Wan Chi Lau showed us how to rig up a similar hack for a compact point-and-shoot camera.
Again, this hack is pretty straight forward but you will need some tools for the job. Lau used a wide-angle door peephole, a spare film case, a knife and two silicone pads to construct a D.I.Y fisheye lens for his Canon S100 camera.
First up, you’ll need to cut a hole in the top of the film case and thread your wide-angle peephole, you can secure the base of the peephole from the other side to hold it in place.
Now all you need to do is cut off the bottom of the film case and place it over your lens. Be sure to check how far your camera lens pertrudes and leave enough room so it does not make contact with the base of the peephole inside the case.
Now simply stick a couple of silicone pads to the inside of your new D.I.Y lens, two or three of these should be sufficient to grip the lens of the camera.
Be careful when shutting down the camera as the grip may be strong enough to prevented the lens from retracting into the camera. This could potentially damage the auto focusing mechanism.
To avoid this happening make sure you remove your D.I.Y lens before you turn off the camera.
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