Toilet Paper Roll Camera Lens
Photo credit: Peta Pixel
Photographer Mathieu Stern has created unique camera lenses in the past, but this one just might be the strangest. That’s right, he created a functional lens using the most precious commodity during the covid-19 crisis – toilet paper, and he’s even taken a few sample shots to prove that it actually works. Read more for a video and additional information.

How does it work? Well, a lens was placed into the cardboard tube and another roll functions as the focusing barrel. On the second roll, a flat M42 to E-mount adapter and an M42 iris diaphragm was attached. This means he can move the toilet paper roll back and forth to adjust focus.

Sony RX100 VII Premium Compact Camera with 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor (DSCRX100M7)
  • 20. 1MP 1. 0 Type stacked CMOS sensor, Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24 200 millimeter F2. 8 F4. 5 large aperture high magnification zoom lens
  • 0. 02 sec. High AF speed, 357 point focal plane Phase detection AF and 425 point contrast detection AF
  • Up to 20 fps blackout free shooting, using up to 60 times/sec. Af/AE calculations.Dioptre Adjustment:-4.0 to +3.0 m-1
  • Ai based real time tracking for stills and movies, and touch tracking. Real time eye AF for human (stills and movies), and for animal (stills only)
  • 4K video with s log3 and Interval Shooting. Microphone jack and vertical position data recording. Active mode image stabilization in 4K video recording, and Movie Edit add on compatible

Toilet Paper Roll Camera Lens
Toilet Paper Roll Camera Lens
Toilet Paper Roll Camera Lens

There is no concrete reason why we need more toilet paper than usual during this pandemic but maybe one good reason is that everyone wants to make camera lenses,” said Mathieu.

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