Howto: DIY fisheye lens

Posted on Saturday, Jul 26 2008 @ 09:45 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Today, Matt Hallock shows us how to build a fisheye lens for under $10 using parts you find at a local home improvement store. The cost of a fisheye lens is usually cost prohibitive, but he's found a way to get most of the effect for a minimum investment.
The high price of a fisheye lens often discourages a lot of potential buyers. A quick glance online will show that even cheap Russian lenses with conversion mounts are $300 or more. For amateurs, the fisheye lens is usually nothing more than an interesting gimmick; if that's the case, the price seems difficult to justify.

In lieu of a fisheye that clears out the bank account, bide your time with one you can build with just $10 and a thirty minute trip to the local hardware store. All you'll essentially need is a combination of PVC pipe, electrical tape, and a door viewer or peephole for this task.
Check it out at Icrontic. The results aren't really that impressive though, but hey, what do you expect to get for $10?

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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