Make a Pancake Lens (Literally) with This Fun New DIY Tutorial

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Photographer-turned-camera-trainer Mark Toal of Portland, OR might just be taking the term “pancake lens” too literally and you just might be tempted to do the same.

In his latest Vimeo upload, Toal, who also writes for, is going to teach us how to make a pancake lens for micro four thirds systems… with actual real pancakes! No, this isn’t a late April Fool’s joke! He’s really figured out how to make a pinhole lens out of real pancakes, which makes for a fun little DIY project that you can do in just a few minutes in the comfort of your own kitchen.

All you’ll need are pancakes, a lens shade, a stainless steel barbecue skewer, a micro four thirds camera sans the lens, and a less than 10 minutes of your time. This project is so easy you can do it on a lazy Sunday with your little future photographers. And the best part about it is you won’t have to spend time making these breakfast delights – just grab a $4 box of frozen ones from the store like Toal did!

Watch Toal’s short tutorial on how to make this pinhole pancake lens after the jump. And don’t forget to share your results when you have them. Happy DIY-ing!

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