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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and cheap compact lens with obvious compromises, March 19, 2013
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This review is from: Olympus 15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black) (Electronics)
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. It's extremely compact, so it may be worth putting on for travel for that very reason. If you are seriously looking for a decent prime lens, pretty much anything else you can find will perform better. Olympus and Panasonic have a few primes for a few hundred dollars. The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 can often be found for cheap if you look around for sales and used models.
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