DIY Ghetto Microscope

These are the remains of my old point-and-shoot Canon A80 from years ago. The part creative and part goofiness in me just couldn’t let these go to waste. I had to do something with them. I recently read about people attaching Holga lenses to their DSLRs to have some good ‘ol Holga fun. It got me wondering what would happen if I mount a compact zoom lens on APS-C sensor cameras. I just had to find out.

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

This is the result of some fiddling around with Nikon body cap, a glue gun, and left over pieces of the Canon compact. Now that this little lens officially became a Nikon f-mount I can mount it on my Nikon or my Canon Xti with the EOS-Nikon adapter. It even zooms in and out. How sweet is that?

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

Here is the result.
It’s not looking terribly handsome. And one has to wonder why anyone would want to do such a thing.
SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

Here are the shots made with the silly frankenstein lens. The good news is that I can focus really close. I mean really close like 3/8 of an inch! It can almost serve as a cheap microscope. However, as you can see they aren’t terribly good looking. Also, at that focus distance you don’t get enough light between the subject and the front of the lens. So you’d need a tripod because you’ll be shooting really slow. Yes, the lens is crappy but fun. The same way go-carts are fun even if you drive a Bentley.
SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

The screw head on these are 2mm in diameter.
SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

SLR with Point and Shoot Lens!

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