Turn A DVD Lens Into A Mobile Phone Macro Lens Redux

Turn A DVD Lens Into A Mobile Phone Macro Lens Redux

Last year we showed you how to turn spare parts from an old DVD drive into a macro lens for your camera phone. Now we're back, with a freshly gutted drive, to show you just how effective this simple DIY hack is.

The original hack came to us courtesy of MAKE magazine. We were impressed with the photos they took and finally had a donor drive on hand to sacrifice for an in-house experiment. It's super easy to do, you'll need an old DVD drive (doesn't matter if it's a burner or just a standard drive), some basic tools like a screwdriver — we used tin snips, because we're impatient — and a razor blade to remove slice through the glue around the lens mount.

Watch the video above to see the setup and results of our experiment including macro video shots of everything from bullets to pencils.

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