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Olympus 15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black)
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Overall score: 66%
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- 15mm focal length
- 30mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras
- F8.0 maximum aperture; F8 minimum
- Manual focus only
- 0.30m/11.81" minimum focus
- Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras
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|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 2.2 x 0.35 inches|
|Item Weight||0.05 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.1 pounds|
|Style Name||BCL-15mm f8.0|
Review summary from DPReview
The Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8 is a tiny, lightweight, inexpensive piece of kit that somehow squeezes a focusable three element lens into its 9mm-thick housing. Optically it doesn't win any plaudits, but in a way that's not really the point. Its real attraction lies in its portability and simplicity - you won't find a smaller lens.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Color: Black | Style: BCL-15mm f8.0
Top Customer Reviews
It's first and foremost goal is to be as small as possible and protect your camera. It also happens to be a body cap that can take pictures.
At 15 it is an effective 30 mm focal length, giving you a decent wide angle shot. Since this is an f/8 lens you'll need plenty of light, making this lens practially really only for outdoor shooting.
The lens has a lever that can be put in three positions.
The first position is the 'closed' position, where the lens is covered by a plastic door. This is nice as you can throw your camera in a bag and not worry about it getting scratched and it eliminates the need for a lens cap. A lens cap may be a bit silly for a lens that is intended to be a body cap, so I'm glad Olympus did this.
The second position focuses closer in, for things about 12-20 inches in front of you. This is an f/8 lens however, so don't expect much as far as bokeh or getting the background pleasantly out of focus, but you'll get some depth of field.
The third position sets the lens to infinity, for most general shots of scenes and things not right in front of you.
IQ-wise, it's not spectacular. Things are generally pretty soft and there is some chromatic aberrations. It's not quite as bad as I expected it to be though. Still quite usable for casual shots if you aren't too concerned about image quality. My results have been somewhat inconsistent.
Overall it's a fun lens. If you normally use body caps it's probably worth picking up for $50. It's not a lens to take too seriously, but for quick snapshots, experimenting, and casual shooting it fun to use.Read more ›
The Olympus BCL is a fun lens that's become a part of my weekend walks with my camera. Here are a few test shots with the BCL: http://evrpx.co/Txy2PXhd61AW4h8r
It's not the fastest lens, it's not the widest, but if you're into street photography this is one of the most nondescript lenses in your arsenal. With a good eye and steady hand you'll be able to make some wonderful images.
Image quality is actually not too bad, at least in the center. For most subjects, you don't need to worry about bokeh - everything from 1m or so to infinity is in focus at f/8. Close focusing to 0.3m is possible, but the lever may test your patience.
If you like the idea of using your camera like a P&S occasionally, this little lens is a good value. Just don't expect too much from it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Goes slightly past infinity. I made a little mark at infinity to line up when I want to take landscape shots. But I knew that it went a little past when I bought it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by kafriedr
It's fun to use outdoors and with a wide view. I use it mostly as a cap on my older EPL3 and for quick photos where quality is not of high importance. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Felipe Vidal
Buy this!!! I put this on a Olympus E-PM1, it makes for a true pocket camera! Photos straight out of the the camera a little soft, but here is the beauty of it, download a free... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Wildcatbuff
Wouldn't live without it at this point. Fantastic for quick shots when you can't or don't want to change lenses. Using this on my Z Camera E1 makes that unit crazy small. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Just S
Fun lens to keep on the camera when your just out and about and want to have your camera ready for those serendipitous moments. Not all that sharp but good enough.Published 2 months ago by J Dwight McKelvey
nice little body cap lens. It is surprisingly usable on my epl6. Not pin sharp but that's beside the point. Very fun to use for street shooting.Published 3 months ago by Ty
Only really useful during bright days as it does not let in a lot of light. Picture quality is decent though, mostly in the center, considering the simplicity of this lens/cap.Published 3 months ago by J. Baudoux
Olympus 15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black)
A deluxe body cap - with functional wide lens.