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Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens BCL-0980 for Micro 4/3 Cameras

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4.5 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
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  • Body cap with built-in fisheye lens
  • Ultra-wide 18mm equivalent field of view
  • Great discreet street shooting lens
  • All-glass lens elements
  • Manual focus only with close-up and infinity focus settings
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Ultra-wide angle body cap lens for use with Micro 4/3 cameras.

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  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches ; 1.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00I19TVU2
  • Item model number: V325040BW000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 28, 2014

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The overall performance is beyond my expectation.
And one trick to mention, thanks to another flickr user, is that if you don't screw the lens onto the mount, but just fix it directly on the body, you will get it work as a macro. The reason is the distance between the lens and the sensor is longer. I've tried it and got some interesting images. See in the costumer gallery.
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Somewhere out there, someone is writing long diatribes about the terrible sharpness of this lens. They're right, but they are also missing the point. You know what else this lens has? Horrific barrel distortion. It's not a lens designed for critical work, so it does not achieve such quality. It is a toy, and let me tell you: it's a FUN toy. After putting this lens on my GX1, I simply can't stop taking pictures. By not communicating with the body, or even focusing worth a damn, really, I forget to worry about technical details and just frame fun shots. Don't expect your work to impress others, but if you find yourself feeling uninspired in your photography this will bring the childish joy that drew you to it in the first place.
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I agree with others — this is a fun little lens. The only downside to the 9mm body cap lens is that photos taken with it will not have any lens metadata in them, as there’s no electronics in the lens and therefore the camera doesn’t know what lens is attached. Fortunately, it’s possible to add lens information, which can be useful when sorting or searching photos. There are a few ways to do this. I tried using exiftool and the LensTagger plugin, but couldn’t get either to work.

What worked was to create a XMP file for each photo, save it in the same location as the photos, and then import them into Lightroom. The lens information is saved in Lightroom’s database, and in a sidecar XMP file if you have that option enabled in Lightroom or use the “Save Metadata to File” command. The advantage of this approach is that the metadata is not written into the original RAW file, avoiding the potential of corrupting the file.

The XMP file that I created contains the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<x:xmpmeta xmlns:x="adobe:ns:meta/">
<rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#">
<rdf:Description rdf:about="" xmlns:exif="http://ns.adobe.com/exif/1.0/">
<exif:FocalLength>9</exif:FocalLength>
<exif:FocalLengthIn35mmFilm>18</exif:FocalLengthIn35mmFilm>
<exif:FNumber>8</exif:FNumber>
<exif:ApertureValue>6</exif:ApertureValue>
</rdf:Description>
<rdf:Description rdf:about="" xmlns:aux="http://ns.adobe.com/exif/1.0/aux/">
<aux:Lens>OLYMPUS 9mm F8.
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Love the lens despite the flaws. It's tiny which makes it great to carry and it's cheap. Download Hugin software and you suddenly have an ultrawide without the distortion. But it just isn't that sharp. My experience with it was good enough that I, after a really short time, realized that spending the extra for a Samyang/Rokinon/Bower fisheye would be worth the money. The ability to straighten in software has made a toy lens a quality lens. In the days of film this lens would have never been worth the money, but now it's a bargain ultrawide.
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I bought this lens because I wanted something wider compared to the lens I currently have (14-42 kit and 20mm prime) to take landscape photos of my trips. I didn't want to spend too much and always want to stay on the light side, so this lens was perfect. It is easy just to stick in my pocket and carry around while I hike. It has been pretty sharp in the photos too.

I did knock off a star because I did feel like the focus lever is pretty weak. There have been a couple of times already where I have handed the camera to one of my friends and they accidentally knocked it to the 0.2m focus and everything was out of focus.
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I've had experience with three samples. The first one worked fine - once I figured out that the middle setting on the focus lever is the one you want. That's the hyperfocal distance, and things are in focus from about 20" to infinity. The lens is not in focus on anything when set at infinity. Not correct, but it is what it is.

The second example worked the same. I ordered a third, and it was defective - totally out of focus, no matter which setting was used.

The focus mechanism is a wimpy feeling spring and I have little confidence that it will hold up (and stay focussed) over time. Hope I'm wrong! Also, the detents for the lever aren't very secure.

I couldn't decide on a star rating, so I erred towards the high side. It's a fun lens, acceptably sharp, maybe a bit overpriced, and I'm looking forward to using it
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140 degree field of view is so much wider than my 9-18mm which gets 100 degrees at 9mm. Super easy to use, tiny, light weight and fun! It's not going to win any sharpness awards, but that's not what this is for. It's supposed to be slightly whimsical. Great product from Olympus.

There are only three focus settings, with a fourth position on the lever closing the lens completely with a protective cover over the front element. It's probably easy to knock the lever and have the element exposed in one's bag, but I'm not sure yet, so be careful.
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