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Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm 1/8.0

Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm 1/8.0
Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm 1/8.0
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  • Protective body cap, and an ultra-slim 15mm 1/8.0 lens
  • 0.3m focus
Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm 1/8.0

Overview

Description by Olympus:

  • Incredibly slim & compact
  • Ideal for instant snapshots
  • Protection where ever you go
  • Closing mechanism to function as a body cap
  • Special focus switch to change to 0.3m focus

It might look and act like a protective body cap, but this useful piece of equipment is actually an ultra-slim 15mm 1:8.0 lens as well. With its small-scale dimensions with a length of only 9mm, it is ever ready for capturing wide-angle shots whenever a photo opportunity comes your way. You can also shoot as near as 0.3m to your subjects, opening up endless scope for taking fascinating close-ups. Its extremely compact size means that you can simply keep it on your camera body as a protective body cap the rest of the time, keeping your camera as lightweight as possible.

Reviews

Digital Rev TV takes a step back from reviewing expensive lenses and now jump on a camera body cap, with a hole in it: 'It makes you smile, part laughing, part amazement, but the best feeling is that it works'

Post date: 03/03/2013 - 10:35

Ivan doesn't think very highly of the 15mm body cap lens:

Compared even to “low-end” Olympus 14-42 F/3.5-5.6 kit lens, the 15mm is nowhere near sharp. In all samples below, 14-42 used at the F/8 aperture gives clearly sharper images in center. Corners are even worse, where 15mm sometimes looks bad even when viewed scaled to my monitor’s size (24″). But keep in mind at all times, Olympus 15mm costs $ 40 and is smaller than smallest available lens for micro 4/3 system. There had to be a trade-off somewhere. There’s another issue though… when set to infinity, the lens has sharp corners, but somewhat blurred center; set at hyperfocal center

Post date: 05/02/2013 - 00:00

Why read a review of the body cap lens? It costs less that some of Oly's lens hoods, is comes at around the same size as a regular body cap, but is a lens. Excellent for photography training too, as every prime lens it makes you use your feet instead of a zoom range.  I gave it as a Christmas gift to a fat relative of mine, and now he's looking healthier than ever!

"No photographer buying a $49, 9mm long body cap lens is expecting optical perfection. Instead this lens is a bit of fun, a curiosity, a point and shoot option that’s a bit quirky and doesn’t cost much money.  The limited focusing, fixed 15mm focal

Post date: 29/01/2013 - 18:01

"The Olympus 15mm ƒ/8m body cap lens is the smallest (and least expensive) lens we have tested on SLRgear. At just 9mm thick and around 22 grams in weight, it's not surprising that Olympus puts the lens in the accessories category on its website instead of the lens category. Since the lens has no electrical contacts, you will get the “lens not found” message on Olympus cameras. To use the lens, you must go in the custom menu and set the “SHOOT W/O LENS option to “on”. Unsurprisingly, there are no filter threads, so it's not possible to mount filters, though you could probably tape a

Post date: 18/12/2012 - 10:50

Buy one. Simple as that. If you've got an m4/3 camera, buy one. Use it as your main body cap (though note that the BCL-15 should have its rear lens cap mounted when it's not on the camera, to protect the rear element).

Indeed, so many people have opted to buy this body cap lens that it's mostly sold out and some places that still have it are charging more than list price for it as I write this.

It's really a no-brainer purchase for those of you trying to go small and pocketable with your m4/3 system (e.g. GF5 and 

Post date: 07/12/2012 - 17:24

Maybe this idea Olympus had about a body cap lens ain't so bad after all:

"Optically this lens is a little bit pants. The corners are soft and a little smeary. There is also quite a bit of vignetting. However, it’s enjoyable to shoot with because you have to shift your shooting style to compensate for the narrow (fixed) aperture and manual focus. To be fair the centre is sharp even if the corners are not."

Post date: 01/11/2012 - 22:52

But he has run out of colour, so, only black and white pics. He doesn't like it a lot either:

"Aperture f/8 is far too dim to be usable (without flash) casually in a traditional P&S style whenever, if you expect normally sharp images. You really have to set your eye and mind to f/8 and work with the consequensies of it, namely blur. Or then

Post date: 08/10/2012 - 14:49

Specifications

Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
AF Motor type: 
Fixed focus (switch between 2 focusing positions)
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
15mm
Max Magnification: 
0.06x (Micro Four Thirds) / 0.12x (35mm format)
Lens construction: 
3 elements / 3 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
1 aperture blades
Maximum Aperture: 
f/8.0
Minimum Aperture: 
f/8
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.30m
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
56.0mm
Length: 
9.0mm
Weight: 
22g

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