How To Make A Zoom Lens

By | 21/10/2022

In a new video from Fotodiox, lensman Sean Anderson shows how anyone tin can make a telephoto pinhole lens out of a few items like a soda tin, record, and an empty Pringles can.

Anderson, who has fabricated other interesting DIY photography projects in the past, says that photographers who might find themselves with some extra free time on their easily might savour creating fun and interesting photography products using food packaging that can be found around the house. In this particular project, he shows how an empty Pringles tin be converted into a telephoto pinhole lens.

Previously, Anderson has shown how to plow a body cap into a pinhole lens, but because of how close the hole was to the sensor, the focal length was broad: he estimates it at around 24mm. He says that since then he has been thinking about means to create a pinhole lens that was more than zoomed in, like a telephoto lens.

“If y’all put some space betwixt where y’all put your pinhole lens and your camera, it actually crops in on the pinhole image circle and it makes it a longer lens, closer to a 75mm or 100mm lens,” he says. “This is swell for photographers like me who like to shoot pinhole because it gives you a different focal length to work with.”

While it is possible to use an extension tube and a lens cap pinhole lens to achieve this effect, Anderson wanted to endeavor something a bit more unusual and make his own from scratch. To brand i just like information technology, photographers will need just a few items: a “grab and go” sized pringles tin, a soda can, some sewing needles, gaff tape, a box cutter, scissors, a 67mm Macro reverse ring, and a 77mm to 67mm pace downward ring.

Pringles Can assembly tools

Later on cutting the metal lesser off the Pringles can and cutting a whole in the center of the plastic pinnacle of the can, Anderson takes a strip of the soda can, pokes a pigsty in information technology, and tapes information technology to the center of the cut hole in the plastic hat. He covers the entire exterior of the pringles can and the interior of the plastic lid with gaffer’s record in order to reduce reflections and prevent lite from leaking in.

He then tapes the two rings (which he screwed together) to the can so that he has a style to adhere it to his camera.

Camera Lens made out of a Pringles can

The resulting lens can take both photos and videos, and Anderson shares a few examples below:

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

Pringles Can Pinhole telephoto lens example photo

For the full detailed assembly instructions as well as farther example images taken with the telephoto pinhole lens, brand sure to watch the video above. For more from Sean Anderson, subscribe to the Fotodiox YouTube Channel.



Image credits:
Photos by Sean Anderson.

Source: https://petapixel.com/2021/12/20/how-to-make-a-telephoto-camera-lens-out-of-an-empty-pringles-can/