March 9, 2019

How to Make a Lens from Scratch (Like, Literally Rocks and Sand)


This is the DIY film gear project of the year…and it’ll probably take you all year to do it.


Just a heads up, guys…you are most certainly not going to do this DIY project. I wouldn’t even advise it unless you had the expertise and the incredible resolve of Andy George, a YouTuber whose channel, How to Make Everything, is literally dedicated to making everything from scratch, including plastic, drums, and even toothbrushes.



In this video, Andy uses his experience making a pinhole camera and clear glass out of raw materials to build his very own zoom lens.



Another heads up, guys…this video is brutal. Definitely fascinating, but brutal.





As you saw in the video, the end result of all of Andy’s labor is a rough but amazing zoom lens. Unfortunately, it took a tumble before he could show it to us, so this big ol’ crack obscures the otherwise impressive but also kind of appropriate appearance of this DIY lens.

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Source: NoFilmSchool