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Olympus 15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black)
|Price:||$46.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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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|Compatible Devices||Olympus PEN, OM-D|
|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.
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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
I've actually really been blown away by this body cap lens. I thought it would come in handy when I needed a real quick shot here or there while outside and didn't have have time... Read morePublished 19 days ago by A.L.
I give 5 stars to this awful lens. I like it. It's fun. A lot of people put it on their really thin cameras, but I often put it on my Lumix G3, where it protrudes in front of... Read morePublished 25 days ago by M. P. Jackson
The lens came and I was unable to take a single clear picture. I'm not talking about IQ either I mean it was blurry no matter how many pictures I took with it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rc cola
This lens is a great knock around lens that takes almost no space. The package of a inexpensive EPL6 body and this lens is as light and small as a lot of point and click cameras. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chris Patton
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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago by Wildcatbuff