How-To Geek

Take Camera Phone Macro Photos with a Cheap Laser Pointer Lens

Inside those cheap laser pointers you see in the grocery store checkout line there’s a handy little plastic lens that, when slapped on your phone’s camera, makes it easy to take macro photographs.

In this tutorial, they take the lens from a laser point and secure it using tape and a bobby pin. An alternative method to achieve the same end (and with a higher quality lens) is to dismantle a CD/DVD drive to source the lens and use painter’s tape to hold the lens in place–this is the technique I used several years ago, check out the tutorial video here.

Laser Pointer Macro Lens [via Apartment Therapy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/14/12

Comments (3)

  1. r

    no, I can’t destroy my laser-pen —my cat enjoys it too much

  2. zapper067


  3. Giggitygoebbels

    I took from my broken cd drive the lens and its so good

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