Olympus 15mm f8.0 Body Cap Wide Angle Lens, Black - for Micro Four Thirds System

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About Olympus 15mm F/8 Mirrorless

The Olympus 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 high 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.

• Serves as body cap to protect camera's sensor and internal functions, but has small 15mm wide-angle lens to shoot while cap is in place.
• 30mm focal length in 35mm format.
• Pan-focus lens and fixed f/8.0 aperture.
• Manual focus lever for closer focusing.
• 9mm thick.

The Olympus 15mm F/8 Mirrorless is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus 15mm F/8 Mirrorless: Easy to use and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (5),Easy to use (4),Durable (3)

Olympus 15mm F/8 Mirrorless Specifications

Focal Length
15mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 30mm
Aperture
Maximum: f/8
Minimum: f/8
Camera Mount Type
Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility
Micro Four Thirds
Minimum Focus Distance
11.81" (30cm)
Elements/Groups
3/3
Other
Image Stabilization: None
Autofocus: None
Tripod Collar: None
Filter Thread
None
Mfr #
V325010BW000
SKU
IOMBLC158

Olympus 15mm F/8 Mirrorless Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 6 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A unique lens for a good price

This is a very well corrected triplet lens for the price. It is not a Zeiss quality lens, but that was never the intention of its design. With this lens on my E-M5 and the eyecup removed, I can actually put this combination in my shirt pocket. My jacket pockets do not even require the removal of the eyecup to fit. The fixed f8 hyperfocal distance allows for acceptable imaging from approximately 3.1 feet to infinity. The close up setting allows a focus of approximately one foot with a depth of...

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This is a very well corrected triplet lens for the price. It is not a Zeiss quality lens, but that was never the intention of its design. With this lens on my E-M5 and the eyecup removed, I can actually put this combination in my shirt pocket. My jacket pockets do not even require the removal of the eyecup to fit. The fixed f8 hyperfocal distance allows for acceptable imaging from approximately 3.1 feet to infinity. The close up setting allows a focus of approximately one foot with a depth of field just under 4 inches. Yes, there will be some "softness" to the image at both ends of the focus range. And, yes, there will be some slight chromatic aberration and distortion at the corners, but no more than what one would expect from a simple triplet lens. And, under real world conditions, these are hardly noticeable. What is important about this lens from a photojournalistic point of view is the ability to just pull the camera out and get an acceptable image immediately. It is also valuable for travel and outdoor photography. This lens reduces the size of any micro 4/3 camera while still providing weatherproofing and a camera at a moment's notice. It allows for a close up flower shot followed immediately by a panoramic shot with no real focusing, just composing. I can assure you, come rain or shine, this lens will be on my E-M5 when I am not toting my camera bag around.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Interesting toy

This is a fun toy and makes a MFT camera small and sleek enough to pocket. But you might as well just get the Panasonic 14mm pancake lens, which is much much sharper and more versatile than this lens and not too much bigger. My E-M5 fits in my coat pocket just as well with the Panasonic 14mm as it does with this one; it doesn't fit in a pants or shirt pocket well with either. If you want a camera that fits in your pocket, I bet almost any point and shoot will give give you better image qualit...

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This is a fun toy and makes a MFT camera small and sleek enough to pocket. But you might as well just get the Panasonic 14mm pancake lens, which is much much sharper and more versatile than this lens and not too much bigger. My E-M5 fits in my coat pocket just as well with the Panasonic 14mm as it does with this one; it doesn't fit in a pants or shirt pocket well with either. If you want a camera that fits in your pocket, I bet almost any point and shoot will give give you better image quality in a smaller size.

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
3.0

Olympus "Body Cap Lens"

By

from USA  -  Photo Enthusiast

What can I say? This converts your M43 camera into a Kodak Brownie circa 1950. And this is sometimes what you want if you don't want to be bogged down but want something a step above a camera phone.

 
3.0

Good Pocket Lens

By

from Hilton Head Island, SC  -  Professional

Good lens to keep on the front of the body for travel and everyday use, but not the best optics. Must be used in "shoot without lens" mode on Panasonic cameras. Has convenient settings for close up, infinity and closed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome lens

By

from Morristown, TN  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Bought this lens for its small size and light weight. I find something this small amazing. It takes a little work to figure it out but now I take great pictures with it. It works best outdoors and in good light due to the f/8 aperture!

 
4.0

fun little walkaround lens

By

from orange, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

fun toy, but f/8 limits its usefulness indoor (unless you plan to drag the shutter for a certain look and feel).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Interesting toy

By

from Chapel Hill, NC  -  Casual user

This is a fun toy and makes a MFT camera small and sleek enough to pocket. But you might as well just get the Panasonic 14mm pancake lens, which is much much sharper and more versatile than this lens and not too much bigger. My E-M5 fits in my coat pocket just as well with the Panasonic 14mm as it does with this one; it doesn't fit in a pants or shirt pocket well with either. If you want a camera that fits in your pocket, I bet almost any point and shoot will give give you better image quality in a smaller size.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A unique lens for a good price

By

from Castle Rock, CO  -  Professional

This is a very well corrected triplet lens for the price. It is not a Zeiss quality lens, but that was never the intention of its design. With this lens on my E-M5 and the eyecup removed, I can actually put this combination in my shirt pocket. My jacket pockets do not even require the removal of the eyecup to fit. The fixed f8 hyperfocal distance allows for acceptable imaging from approximately 3.1 feet to infinity. The close up setting allows a focus of approximately one foot with a depth of field just under 4 inches. Yes, there will be some "softness" to the image at both ends of the focus range. And, yes, there will be some slight chromatic aberration and distortion at the corners, but no more than what one would expect from a simple triplet lens. And, under real world conditions, these are hardly noticeable. What is important about this lens from a photojournalistic point of view is the ability to just pull the camera out and get an acceptable image immediately. It is also valuable for travel and outdoor photography. This lens reduces the size of any micro 4/3 camera while still providing weatherproofing and a camera at a moment's notice. It allows for a close up flower shot followed immediately by a panoramic shot with no real focusing, just composing. I can assure you, come rain or shine, this lens will be on my E-M5 when I am not toting my camera bag around.

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