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Olympus BCL-15mm f8.0 Body Lens Cap for Olympus/Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black)

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BCL-15mm f8.0
  • Ultra-thin 9mm design
  • Pan focus fixed aperture lens
  • Fixed f8.0
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Olympus BCL-15mm f8.0 Body Lens Cap for Olympus/Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black) + Olympus M. 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R Zoom Lens (Black) for Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3 Cameras
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Color: Black | Style: BCL-15mm f8.0
Technical Details
Item Weight0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions9 x 56 x 0.4 inches
Item model numberV325010BW000
  
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ASINB009DL0LOW
Best Sellers Rank #1,032 in Camera & Photo (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 17, 2012
  
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Technical Details

Color: Black | Style: BCL-15mm f8.0
  • all-glass-optical
  • interchangeable-lens
  • zoom

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: BCL-15mm f8.0

The BCL-15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin - just 9mm thick - that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass lens elements in three groups, it can be used as a wide-angle lens equivalent with a single focal length of 30mm (35mm camera equivalent). In addition to daily use as a "pan-focus" lens featuring a wide angle, fixed f8 aperture and deep depth of field, it is compatible with manual focusing using a lever and capable of close-up shooting as close as 30 cm. A lens-protection barrier is provided so the lens can be mounted permanently on the camera and even put in a pocket together with the camera.

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This is a fun lens.
BRKLYN
With a good eye and steady hand you'll be able to make some wonderful images.
Enos One
Now go out and have some fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Canadian in Tokyo on October 27, 2012
Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color Name: Black
Just picked this up for about $50. I used it with an Olympus E-PL2. It's the size of a small cookie with simple controls. I didn't really expect much, but I was surprised by the image quality. I just popped it on, set it to infinity (it has a little slider if you want to use that), and went out and took about 100 shots in color and monotone with various ISO and Shutter Speed settings (you can't set the aperture). I really like this little plastic lens because you can instantly make your MFT camera pocketable, and you'll be surprised by the nice image quality as long as you're not a pixel peeper. I recommend this for someone who wants to just go out and shoot on the street. Because it's so simple, it forces you to think about and really compose your shot. As they say, it's not the lens, but the person behind the lens that counts. Light on the wallet and highly recommended.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By B. Harding on November 6, 2012
Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Oly should offer this lens standard on all M43 cameras. For $50 I was expecting plastic junk with Holga-like output. Great contrast typical of Tessar design. This is a triplet lens. Nice color images. Works better set to infinity than as a closeup lens. Would be terrific little lens to use on the beach. Try using it with an OM-D with Key Line filter setting! Construction is so so. Decent hard made in China plastic. Plastic mount was really stiff going into OM-D. I'd pay $300 for this lens if it was all metal construction. Have fun and good shooting.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Karolak on March 19, 2013
Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Is this a great lens that you'd grab for serious work? No, it's not. I don't think Olympus ever intended this to be a great lens.

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Enos One on June 20, 2013
Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
But why?

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey P. Schneider on February 3, 2013
Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
This is definitely not a replacement for a real lens. The aperture is fixed at f/8, and focusing is done via a fiddly little lever.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill Connell on May 5, 2013
Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I have the 14mm Lumix prime for my Olympus E-PL3 and use that lens a lot for street shooting. I got this body cap lens as an even more compact version and though it won't completely replace the Lumix lens, this does well enough to keep it for times I might otherwise leave the camera behind. With this lens the E-PL3 fits well into a khakis or loose jeans pocket, very convenient. Image quality is maybe 75% of my better lenses, lacking the brightness and dynamic range they have, but plenty good for snapshots. The only thing I'd change is just the most basic electric contact so the camera can include the lens in the exif info.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Murdock on December 26, 2012
Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
It has its place on my camera. It makes m. 4/3 truly pocketable. It may not be the best lens, but it has wow factor. I keep it on my EPL-1 and my son's Panasonic GF3. When I need a little bit more reach I reach into my other pocket and pull out another lens and people always go" wow I didn't know such small cameras could do that!"
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