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Olympus 15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black)

4.2 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
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BCL-15mm f8.0

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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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DPReview Tested July 2013
It's tiny, and makes small cameras like the PEN E-PL5 or Lumix GF6 truly pocketable. It doesn't really look like a proper lens, either, which can help in situations where you don't want to be noticed as a photographer.
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66%

Conclusion

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.

Reasons to buy

  • Ultra-slim and light
  • Inexpensive
  • 'Distant focus' setting allows huge depth-of-field for snapshots
  • Well made for the price

Things to consider

  • Optically unimpressive
  • Can be susceptible to flare
  • No communication with camera body

Suggested for

Micro Four Thirds owners looking for the smallest, lightest, most discreet lens for their cameras

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Anyone who demands high technical quality in all of their images
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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.

Product Information

*:Black  |  Style:BCL-15mm f8.0
Product Dimensions 0.3 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B009DL0LOW
Item model number V325010SW000
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4.2 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #148 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lens Accessories > Lens Caps
Date first available at Amazon.com September 17, 2012

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Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color: 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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By Oldschool on November 6, 2012
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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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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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Style Name: BCL-15mm f8.0Color: Black
Okay--It's a 50-buck lens with one element, no autofocus, and f/8.0 aperture. Now that things are in perspective, it's actually a good little lens. It makes pretty decent photos and is fun to use. If you've got the money and it strikes your fancy, go for it--you won't be disappointed.
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What a kooky little lens. You have to go into this knowing what it is. I see some crappy reviews talking about the image quality and whatnot. This lens was the worst lens DXOmark has ever reviewed. It is pretty much an old school, low tech point and shoot fixed focus lens that has been stuck in a body cap. That being said, it is delightfully crappy! Perfect for getting that "low tech" look in your pictures. This is what you want when you want to have fun with soft, mushy, images. Works great with the built in art modes on an E-M5
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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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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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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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