MACRO photography using ANY lens

$20 dollar bill! Quarter! Guitar String Leaf! Phone! pixels I need to make a title to make a point
here.. it needs to be a really small title very small how small can I go? one there
you go perfect what is this? a title for ants? SD card for scale enhance enhance again that’s a scratched up SD card How to turn any lens into a microscope today we’re gonna be explaining how to turn any lens into a extreme telescopic lens microscopic and all we’re gonna need is cardboard and tape and that’s it so typically with a 35 millimeter lens this is about as far as I can go and this is the shot that I’m seeing right now going on to this Budweiser CAN that’s in the recycling why are we shooting the recycling? we will show you in a second
why we’re shooting in the recycling but first we just got to do a
demonstration we can take any lens and turn it into a macro lens all you have to do is take the lens off flip it backwards
hold it here so no light leaks and hopefully it works so let’s try that shot again okay and this is how close I can get to it already but the theory is the farther I take the lens from the camera sensor, the closer I could get so I could get even insanely closer if I get this far but the problem is there’s
a lot of light leaking in so if we were able to cover this space with anything
so we’re going to just use a cardboard we should get a lot closer okay so we’re
going to try that right now step 1. we’re gonna need some cardboard so we’re
gonna go into the recycling this is called reduce reuse recycle so we’re gonna take this and make something out of it step 1 is to go like this and
hopefully that will fit a lens and then we’ll put them tape onto there and
that’s about it and fit the lens in there and then we’re gonna fix the tape
on the lens so it looks like a big tube and the point of the tape is to block
out all the light and to keep it in place ok let’s go this is our contraption right here I got the lens and I put the lens on backwards and I literally have gaffer tape all
over so there’s no light leaks and then on this side very crudely I have put
tape on this side it’s pretty stable so I use my fingers to open up the aperture
blades and what that allows me to do is to let more light in the more you open it, the narrower the depth of field so just like when you use the lens forward
except this way it’s like not even a millimeter it’s very tiny so yeah as I make a darker more is in focus and as I made it lighter the focus plane is a lot
shorter the farther the lens is from the sensor the closer we could get so what we have done is we built another one right now I have one layer I’m trying to
put the other layer so very crudely done this is not pretty as long as it’s measured in a way that there’s no light leak as long as it wraps
around you should be good now it’s staying in place I’m just gonna make
sure that it’s not going to leak a better method is to use a Pringles can
and to cut out the sides so we have a perfect cylindrical tube now the fun
part hopefully the lens fits there it fits gaffer tape very important does not leave a mark
do not use duct tape because you’re gonna have a sticky lens and there we go take a look at our awesome project here this is what it looks like and then over here (laughs) …it’s so ghetto! the other thing you’re gonna need is a light source I just tried to be as cheap as possible
even though I have LEDs available so I just used my cellphone light to help
with the settings so I’m not in ISO 2000 or above camera cardboard tape
more cardboard tape lens attached backwards and on the top of the lens we
put our cellphone light to illuminate our subject and then we put the subject
right in front of that lens so all I’m doing right now
I’m pushing it forward and backwards to push the focal plane so if it’s not in focus all I do is push it forward and then it’s in focus let’s see how close to the Queen we can get Wow there she is that’s the eyeball! that is the eye of the Queen
we found it right away so creepy so this is our setup again it’s all the way in there you can see that coin here is another pro tip I have this
just taped up leave everything here and the only thing you want to move once you
get it in focus the only thing you want to move is the actual camera body
because it’s a lot heavier so you can make small movements and not be too
shaky as you can see or if you prefer keep it here and move the light source
instead so you can try putting it right at the top so what I did right there is I literally placed the light right on top on top of the coin I can move it
side to side if I find that it’s not in focus
All i have to do is push it forward or backwards in that case it was forward now it’s super in focus and we got a static shot there we see a specular highlight so we’re gonna move in close and there we go real cool eh look at this ooh there you go look at that pro tip right here if you don’t want to keep pushing this to
open up the aperture blades what you could do is just put some tape on there so you
just close it like this and tape it up the nice thing is about this is you could
move it up a bit to control it so it doesn’t have to be completely open but
you can push it a little bit so it’s like a f4 f5 kind of deal then that way you only have one hand to worry about okay so here’s the setup right now this icon right here shows the plane of focus we’re gonna measure from that one
all the way to our lens and between 21 and 22 inches and what that’s giving us here… you see those tiny little millimeters? 21 and a half inches is giving us two millimeters taking up the whole screen so between four and five
there’s ten millimeters so the entire screen is just two millimeters okay so here’s what I learned so with the normal 35 millimeters we were able to get 12
centimeters when we reversed it we were able to get it 10 times zoom so it went
from 12 centimeters to 12 millimeters adding the tube with the reversed lens
on the top we got the full screen to be four millimeters and when we doubled
that length well almost double we doubled the zoom
so with that thing on top of here we were able to get a two millimeter full
screen so the theory is I think if we double the length we double the zoom so
the ratio of length to full screen should be like like a one-to-one ratio
over here so if we were to double this again let’s say to 100 CENTImeters we
should theoretically get one millimeter full screen which is insane but that
might be a bit too hard to to put together but the coolest thing is just
reversing the lens that’s the simplest thing and we got it to go 10 times zoom
so if we think about it this was 10 times zoom and this was 30 times zoom because remember this is 12 millimeter and this is double that so this is 60
times zoom so in a simple way Normal zoom 10 times zoom 30 zoom 60 zoom you’re gonna have to buy a serious lens to get you 60 zoom and you could do this with just cardboard and tape awesome that’s ridiculous that this piece of
cardboard was able to get us 60 times zoom so now that we have the capability
to do 60 times zoom what else should we zoom in on? I think this should be a
regular series because going in that deep is like going into the quantum realm it’s really trippy I’m not going to do
photography this is for you so you get creative with it but I just wanted to
show you how close you can get using what you have already I’m assuming you
already have an interchangeable lens camera so all you need is camera lens flip it
add cardboard that’s it I think this has been the most educational ghetto dollar store hack you’ve probably ever seen so I’m gonna leave it at that


  1. Radu Marginean October 18, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Kickass! Thank you for making this video I am definitely going to try this 🙂

  2. Monique Pi October 18, 2019 at 4:24 am

    You make using a printer AND making a telescope look so easy!!! Can you zoom in on more plants??? The sticky icky kind xD

  3. Miguel Deitos October 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

    What if you use that cardboard to film a action happening far away

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