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.

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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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