This tutorial will show you how to make your own DIY zoom lens for your pocket camera/camcorder or mobile device. Now you can get those shots of faraway subjects that you’ve always dreamed of! You can also get some great shallow depth of field (blurry backgrounds) which is otherwise not possible with a fixed focus camera. This lens is completely removable and will not damage your camera or binoculars in any way.
The lens is based around two metal brackets. One attaches to the camera via the tripod screw, and the other holds the binoculars. The two brackets are bolted to each other, allowing the binoculars to be lined up perfectly with the camera’s lens. The template at the bottom of the page should help to explain how the brackets work.
Here is a video tutorial that will show you how to build it, and an example video to show you the amazing results the lens will produce. The clips in the video have not been modified in any way besides basic colour correction and stabilization on one clip. The lens works with my camera without vignetting.
I have created a template for the brackets to help you build your own-Click here to download it. Make sure you disable any scaling when you print it off.