November 17, 2005

Pringles can -> Macro lens??

If you ever find yourself living in a post-apocalypic, Mad Max-style hellscape *and* needing a new macro lens–or if you just like to tinker–know that evidently a Dremel, a can of Pringles, and some elbow grease are all that stand between you and that sweet new glass. No word, however, on the efficacy of Jalapeño vs. Spicy Cajun flavor… (Going to these lengths somehow reminds me of Jack Handey’s observation, “Most people don’t realize that large pieces of coral, which have been painted brown and attached to the skull by common wood screws, can make a child look like a deer.”) [via Tobias Hoellrich]

Posted by John Nack at 3:42 PM on November 17, 2005


  • Joe Lencioni — 11:23 AM on November 20, 2005

    Thanks for the great link, John. While we are on the subject of cool lenses, you need to see this Plenoptic thing that some people at Stanford invented.
    Make sure you watch the little video linked at the bottom. It entirely blew my mind.

  • John Nack — 6:15 PM on November 20, 2005

    Thanks for the link, Joe. You’re right, this is eye-popping work. I know that Todor and Jeff, whose image science work I mentioned a couple of posts back, have been very intrigued by work on plenoptic cameras. (And props on your beautiful site as well. Note to self: must… learn… to take… better photos.)

  • Joe Lencioni — 9:36 PM on November 21, 2005

    Thanks John. You are very kind.

  • Vancouver Island Daryl — 12:57 PM on June 30, 2007

    I just came across this post, and that goes way beyond ridiculous!

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