So here was my problem. I have a Nokia Lumia 1020 wireless charging cover, and a wireless charging pad, but the wireless charging cover doesn’t provide adequate protection for my 1020. I also have a Nillkin hard shell case which I really like, but which doesn’t allow me to charge the phone wirelessly.
Inspired by a tutorial at http://www.smartphonefrance.info/download/NokiaLumia925-Induction.pdf I wondered whether I could transplant the electronics from the wireless charging case to the Nillkin case.
I started by peeling the inner layer off the wireless charging case:
Then I peeled the charging coil off its adhesive:
Then I removed the black contact cover and peeled up the circuit board:
Eventually I ended up with all the components separately:
Here is one side of the wireless charging element:
And here is the other side:
Just for fun, and to check it was still working, I used the wireless charging element to charge the 1020 out of its case:
I was relieved that it worked!
I then set about aligning the charging element with the Nillkin case, which took a bit of trial and error. I used gaffer tape to hold it in place:
The hole in the back of the Nillkin case was useful for aligning things. I later covered this (on the inside) with some black electrical tape:
And here is the finished product:
Here it is charging the 1020:
As you can see there is a slight gape on the Nillkin case because there is no rebate for the circuitry. You don’t notice this when you hold it, but it bugs me a bit. Here’s one more angle:
(the shots of the 1020 are taken on my 700 - apologies for poor quality)
It worked, and I was happy with it as a proof of concept, but it was a bit too hacked together for my liking. For the moment I have removed it and replaced the circuitry in the original wireless charging case. What I really want is Mugen or Brando to produce a power-jacket with additional battery and wireless charging built in. I suspect I might be waiting a while though…
I have written before about taking reverse lens macro shots on my Nokia 808 PureView here, but I now have a Nokia Lumia 1020.
I started by constructing the filter mount using a Nillkin case/cover and a 42mm-52mm filter ring adapter, and two sachets of Sugru. The method of construction was very much like the one I described for the 808 here. I remembered this time to check that the mount was correctly positioned by attaching the reversed macro lens. I made sure the visible portion of the image was right in the centre of the full frame.
One note - do not handle the 1020 until you have washed all the Sugru residue off your hands - it will leave dark smears on the lovely polycarbonate finish. Thankfully I was able to clean it off!
This is the finished article:
After allowing the Sugru to cure for 24 hours, I set about taking some photos. I used the same setup with the tripod mount and the dolly as before - here is a picture of the setup:
Here are couple of pictures of the phone with case and reversed lens attached:
(apologies for the quality of the above photos - they were taken on my Nokia 700)
I guess what you really want to see is the output, so here goes with a leaf, a flower and a spider:
It was pretty bright sunlight so I had to use the exposure adjustment to avoid blowing out the highlights. The manual focus made things a lot less fiddly than with the 808. For a first session I was pretty happy with the results. I particular liked the second flower shot - you can see how small the flowers were in the photo of the dolly rig above.
You can see all the above images in a Flickr set here. Credit is due to go to the many people who have inspired and continue to inspire this project, including Massis, David Detko, Juha Alakarhu, Richard Dorman and others. Thanks also to Steve Litchfield who wrote about my earlier efforts with the 808 on AAS here.
Next I’m hoping to take some daytime long exposure shots using ND filters!
I can’t see how that would be possible, or not without some very expensive optics anyway…
Thanks for the comment. I can’t think what lens you would use for what you describe - low light unfortunately does reduce the quality massively on photos and videos, but that’s the same for all cameras…
You could probably fit something like this http://raynox.co.jp/english/dcr/dcr2025pro/ to the filter mount I describe in this post http://ibat400.tumblr.com/post/41017259272/adding-a-52mm-filter-mount-to-my-808-part-2 but I don’t know how well it would work.
Flower, taken with Nokia 808 PureView and reversed 45mm lens. More detail at http://ibat400.tumblr.com/post/43747132614/reverse-lens-macro-shots
Inspired by Twitter user @detkodave I have returned to a technique I first used on my Nikon D50 a few years ago - reversing a prime lens to take macro shots.
In an earlier article I described how I had built a custom back cover for my Nokia 808 PureView so I could mount ND filters to take long exposure shots. Using a filter reversing ring I was then able to attach a Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm pancake lens which I picked up from eBay, giving me a fairly powerful macro setup.
Here is the setup in action, on a dolly with universal tripod arm:
(taken with my Nokia 700)
Because of the way I mount the lens, the image appears inside a circle surrounded by black, even with the 808 on full zoom and the aperture fully open on the reversed lens. Usually I just crop out the detail so that you see a photo in a rectangle, but I’ve left them in for this article so you can see the effect. Here’s one to get you started:
(if you want bigger versions, they are all in this flickr set)
It’s helpful to get some idea of the magnification available compared to the standard macro mode on the 808. Here are a couple of samples so you can see the additional magnification available:
You’ll notice that the depth of field is very shallow. This is normal for any close-up macro shot and it does mean you need to think carefully about what you are taking photos of, as anything not in the narrow focus band will be blurred. At least you get nice bokeh on the 808!
What I found surprising was that I picked up stuff which I couldn’t even see with my naked eye. Take the tip of this leaf, which you can see to the right of the flower in the photo two above this one:
And now look at this 100% crop of the tip, to see the hairy end:
Here is a petal from the flower:
It wasn’t until I looked closely that I noticed the hair or fibre which had settled on it:
I love looking at all this stuff in close detail.
Focussing is quite tricky when using the reversed lens. Normally I use tap-to-focus and then move the camera towards or away from the object until the bit I want is sharp, then use the on-screen shutter button to reduce camera shake. I generally get about 1 good shot in about 15. Here’s one I really like, which was inspired by this article by Twitter user @stephenelliot:
(it took about thirty shots to get this one)
Zipper. Taken with a reversed Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm lens mounted on my 808.