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Cheap Phone Camera Macro Hack

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Hi guys. I don't know if anyone is already familiar with this hack, or it has been posted already (sorry if a repost). But, I learned about this some time ago, and finally came across the right kind of lens.

The hack? Remove a lens from a LD mini module (pen host), then simply grip it between the ends of a bobby-pin (for those with girlfriends/spouses). Then tape or rubber band it over your phone's camera lens...viola!

The Hack:


The Results:



And here's an actual pixel crop at 800x600!:


Now, you have no excuses when a Mod is asking you for a good pick of your solder blobs on your diode pins!
 
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That's about 100x-120x zoom .. and the quality isnt bad either, One can tell if its a shitty reflow job or an epic soldering job on the smt's
 
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I know how I will be examining drivers that give me trouble in the future!

Oh...those are the full sized images just shrunk down...let me crop one in tight for DETAIL!
 
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Thanks for sharing :) I've been using the magnifier from my helping hands, this is much nicer :p

~ LB
 
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I've been doing this for a while, I recommend purchasing a lens kit from one of the 445nm PJ's. They give a lot of options ;) Some are so powerful you can see clearly into the can of an LOC, and some don't zoom at all but provide crisp HD images of what you're looking at.
 
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Yeah..but, what does it cost and does it fit your phone's camera? The idea behind this was it's basically free.
 
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You can hold the lens in front of the camera like I've done for a couple years now. Cost? Less than nearly any part you'll be photographing ;) The lenses range from about half an inch to an inch and a half. The smaller, the more zooming (generally)
 
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