27.11.08 by Jeff

$20 Homemade Fisheye Lens

Why pay $300 for a fisheye when you can go to Home Depot and build one for $20? My friend Ryan and I bought a peephole and a couple pieces of pvc, stuck them together with a hot glue gun, and it was done. Literally 20 minutes. I felt like Steven Seagal when he made that silencer with a 2L pop bottle in Under Siege.

Take a peek at the fishy footage and some more photos below!

I am pretty proud of the fact that the lens actually looks kinda cool.

If you make one, a few layers of tape inside will help make the lens fit snug and still be detachable.

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • This looks pretty sweet, but the video is set to private. A how to would be pretty awesome…

  • sorry about that andy, i accidently clicked it to private. should be fine now. yea i would do a how to but its really just a matter of trial and error finding the right pieces of PVC at home depot that fit the peep hole.

    we took the peephole out of the packaging and spent some time looking through the bins to find one that fit the really well.

    we also shaved a tiny bit off of the piping with a swiss army knife to give it a perfect fit.

  • rye

    hahaha thank you for editing out my failures as a skateboarder.

  • You need to follow it up with a “skate handle” to get that GL1 steez on.




  • i would not recommend this for an SLR because with the video camera you are adding the fisheye in front of the lens already in place you are not replacing the lens. if that makes sense. with an slr that would mean you would have the lens on and then you’d have this other fish eye sitting on top and it just wouldn’t work – this will work great on a little point and shoot camera though.

    sorry i accidentally deleted a comment above this one when i tried to reply – the question was regarding the focus. you just put your camera on manual focus – dont use auto focus or it might focus on the second lens and throw the rest of the picture out of focus.

  • Maciel V

    Do you think it could work on a Canon Powershot Pro1?

  • Jeremy

    I like this, I’ll have to try it out. I’ve been looking for a good fisheye setup for the back of my board, wanted to try out that perspective. Did you get the snowboarding footage yet? How did that work out?

21.10.16 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Alexandre “Zedig” Diboine


Digital paintings by illustrator Alexandre Diboine aka Zedig. More images below.

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21.10.16 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Julie Heffernan


Recent paintings by artist Julie Heffernan (previously featured here). More images below.

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21.10.16 by Jeff

“Spirit Quest” Skateboard Film Will Melt Your Mind


Colin Read (Mandible Claw) has made quite a name for himself over the past few years as one of skateboarding’s most exciting filmmakers. His film Tengu: God of Mischief was burnt into the retinas of every skater on the planet when it came out – specifically the subway section of the film where Koki Loaiza ollies across the train tracks (towards the third rail) at the 145th St stop (watch it here). Shout out to our bud photographer Allen Ying of 43 Magazine who snapped the infamous photo (which you can see here).

Read’s newest film “Spirit Quest” has the energy of his previous films with a heavy dose of mind-melting editing and camera tricks. I watched the trailer above roughly a million times to analyze what I was actually looking at. Love the multi-cam stuff and the sequence at 0:33 is a thing of beauty. Creativity like this makes me want to go make stuff. I was so excited about the film I had to toss a few questions at the Claw himself. Enjoy a short interview below!

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20.10.16 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Joseph Minek


Cleveland, Ohio-based artist Joseph Minek experiments with traditional photographic processes to create images that resemble modernist abstract paintings. See more of Minek’s work below.

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20.10.16 by Staff

Exhibition: Evan Hecox’s “Northern” and Drew Leshko’s “Heaven is Whenever”


Amsterdam-based Andenken Gallery is hosting concurrent solo exhibitions of American artists Evan Hecox and Drew Leshko. “Northern” showcases Hecox’s ongoing series of paintings based on photos from his trip through Iceland and the Netherlands last year while Leshko’s “Heaven is Whenever” captures the transition and decay of urban life through dollhouse-scale sculptures made from wood and paper.

Check out more images below or on display at the Makerversity Amsterdam space from October 28 until November 14.

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