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    Let me start by saying I am a photography enthusiast that happens to own a Pre. I've got a DSLR with a wide variety of lenses, but lately I've been interested in finding compact cameras that can produce similar results. For example I have a Sigma DP1, compact camera with a DSLR sized sensor.

    I came across this article that intrigued me. You can remove the lens from a DVD player and turn it into a macro lens for a cell phone. Check it out:

    Super Macro Your Cellphone Camera With A DVD Lens | DIYPhotography.net

    Basically you:

    - Disassemble a dvd player
    - Remove the lens. Lens is slightly smaller than the size of a standard hole from a hole puncher.
    - Find some way of "mounting" the lens. I found a notebook with a black thin plastic cover. Cut out a small rectangle (long enough so you have something to hold on to), and punched a hole in it with a hole puncher. The DVD lens squeezes into the hole and stays put on its own.
    - Hold the DVD lens over the cell phone's camera lens. It can focus on stuff that is like.. maybe an inch from the camera. Have to be very close to it.

    I tried this today and took a few photos of some flowers.

    These came straight from the Pre, no post processing besides shrinking them to make them web friendly.









    Couple of them have a little vignetting (black on the corners) because I probably wasn't holding the DVD lens correctly... i.e. it wasn't lined up 100% correctly.

    Nevertheless, I am pretty surprised at how well this works. You can give your Pre pretty sweet macro capabilities with a DIY lens that weighs less than a paperclip.

    Not going to win any photography awards but very cool!!! Definitely are more likely to take more photos with something you have with you all the time.

    Cheers!
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    this is awesome....will be hacking up an old dvd player tonight to try this out.
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    I read that article a few weeks ago. Haven't tried it yet, but it looks amazing! great job!

    Do you have a flickr page?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cashen View Post
    I read that article a few weeks ago. Haven't tried it yet, but it looks amazing! great job!

    Do you have a flickr page?
    I also read it a few weeks back... had flagged it and finally got around to trying it today

    No flickr page, but I do have a few pictures up @ infusionphotography (none of it from the pre though!)
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    I just had to try this. I used my non touchstone back. My lens fit pretty well, it tad some tabs I just taped down for now. I'll play more later. Thanks OP!

    Palm Pre Macro Lens - a set on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by cashen View Post
    I just had to try this. I used my non touchstone back. My lens fit pretty well, it tad some tabs I just taped down for now. I'll play more later. Thanks OP!

    Palm Pre Macro Lens - a set on Flickr
    Good idea to use the non-touchstone back. I'd be more comfortable permanently modifying that with the macro lens. Thanks for the tip
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonrw View Post
    Good idea to use the non-touchstone back. I'd be more comfortable permanently modifying that with the macro lens. Thanks for the tip
    First camera phone to have interchangeable lenses!
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    Mine focuses around 1/4". Its really hard.
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    would the lens from a cd/dvd optical drive work..i have several of those laying around.
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    Man I just threw out a old non working DVD player
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    Hmm, my touchstone will soon arrive. Maybe I could cobble up a fine-thread screw mount/focus mod on the original backplate for experimentation. I wonder if there are any candidate lenses for telephoto work....
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    I would also like to know if this would work with just a regular cd player lens. I have an old portable one ready to be torn apart.
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    Wow - worked great. I wish I had some flowers to try out, but I used the tip of a pencil instead...
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    here is one i took using a cd player lens its picture of some really really small bugs the size of a ant I found on a rose


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    hairs on my arm

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    [QUOTE=jasonrw;1924248]I also read it a few weeks back... had flagged it and finally got around to trying it today

    No flickr page, but I do have a few pictures up @ [url= (none of it from the pre though!)[/QUOTE]

    not prefriendly, eh? (websitezu
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    I found two different lens in a DVD-ROM drive. i call them "reg macro" and "super macro". I am experimenting. I'm gonna experiment with some of the other "optics" i found in the DVD drive.
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    Forgot to add that you want to save the actual laser. Somewhere on the internet are instructions on how to turn a Mag-Lite into a powerful laser capable of popping a balloon.
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    Picasa Web Albums - fred - Pre Macro pics
    had to post a couple more times in order to link to my macro pics
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    my cd lens wont work, it wont focus at all, the edges almost get clear then the middle is blurry, time to find a diff. lens i guess.
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