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Aug 30

Back in June of this year I made a fish-eye lens for my Cannon Powershot camera. I made it using a piece of PVC pipe, a peephole for a door, and some foam tape (used to wrap around water pipes).

Here is a picture of it along with some pictures that I took while using it.

  

Since the peephole is a small tube there is a lot of black space around the picture that needed to be cropped out. The pictures are a lot smaller than the pictures I would get using a store bought fish-eye lens, but a store bought lens would cost over $1,000.

This lens also works for taking video. I found that the black space can be easily cropped out using a program called VirtualDub. VirtualDub is OpenSource so its free and there is a portable version that can be downloaded from www.portableapps.com.