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Olympus 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Body Cap with Wide-Angle Lens
  • 15mm Lens (30mm in 35mm Format)
  • Fixed f/8.0 Aperture
  • Pan-Focus Lens
  • Manual Focus Lever
  • Lens Protection Barrier
  • 9mm Thick Cap Protects Sensor
  • Fits Olympus Micro Four Thirds Cameras

The 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black) from Olympus is a unique wide-angle lens that also serves as a body cap, and a unique body cap that also serves as a wide-angle lens. As a 9mm thick body cap, it protects the camera's sensor and internal functions but it's also a pan-focus wide-angle snapshot lens. A lens-protection barrier keeps the lens safe and allows it to stay mounted when the camera is in your bag or pocket. Bring it out to shoot when there is no time or need to mount other lenses. It provides a wide-angle image equivalent to 30mm in 35mm format and a fixed f/8.0 aperture. It has a manual focus front lever and is able to focus as close as 11.8" (30 cm) with a deep depth of field. This Body Cap Lens fits Olympus Micro Four Thirds mount cameras.  

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.
Performance
Focal Length 15mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 30 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/8
Minimum: f/8
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" (30 cm)
Elements/Groups 3/3
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature None
Physical
Filter Thread None
Olympus 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black)
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    Olympus15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black)
     
    4.1

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (40)
    • Easily interchangeable (18)
    • Durable (10)
    • Consistent output (8)
    • Easy to use (8)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (12)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Travel (8)
    • Everyday (7)
    • Landscape photography (5)
    • Street photography (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (42), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Portable and Fun

    This is not the sharpest Micro 4/3 lens by a long shot, but it is by far the smallest! As a walk-around lens for shooting during the day, this is a very...Read complete review

    This is not the sharpest Micro 4/3 lens by a long shot, but it is by far the smallest! As a walk-around lens for shooting during the day, this is a very fun piece of gear—My GX1 fits easily in my coat pocket with the body cap lens mounted, and the f/8 aperture and fixed focus have encouraged me to spend more time on subject matter and composition. The construction is solid, and no-frills can encourage creativity: simply set the camera in aperture priority, and go. I've found that this lens works particularly well for high-ISO monochrome images, where for me the graininess from going above 32000 can become more a part of the aesthetic than an annoyance.

    This lens is inexpensive for a reason. The sharpness and slowness and lack of auto-focus are notable—don't expect results on par with the Panasonic pancake lenses! However, my chief frustration with the BCL 15mm is EXIF data, not optics. Because there's no electronic contacts in the lens, the photos are recorded without any aperture or focal length data. It's a minor gripe, but I like sorting my photos by EXIF data so adding that back in with ExifTool on PC or ExifChanger on Mac is an irritating extra step.

    All in all, this is a cheap and sub-professional-grade lens, but it's also the only lens I've had with me constantly since I bought it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not So Hot

    I bought this lens on a whim. It was Micro 4/3, cheap, and cute. Its performance is mediocre. I used it with my OM-D to photograph a July 4th parade; didn't...Read complete review

    I bought this lens on a whim. It was Micro 4/3, cheap, and cute. Its performance is mediocre. I used it with my OM-D to photograph a July 4th parade; didn't want to carry a variety of lenses. While wearing prescription sun glasses, I noticed black smudgy shadows in the viewfinder, so I ended up composing on the LCD screen. Got some nice shots.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Just not a very good lens

    By Mike

    from NYC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

        I had hoped to discover a whole new world of photography unburdened by bourgeois concerns of sharpness where one could focus (excuse the pun) on the purer elements of the image. But it didn't quite work out that way.The best I can say about the image quality is that it can produce web-sized (1024x768) images which appear very sharp if you apply a judicious amount of sharpening. However, with careful observation of the web-sized image you can see the blue fringing caused by this lens.Viewed at 100%, except for a very tiny area of surprisingly high central sharpness, the image is very soft. Plus there is blue fringing/chromatic aberration of some sort that doesn't get corrected very well by the tools available in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom.On the positive side, the lens has good contrast, and simple barrel distortion that corrects easily by setting the slider in Lightroom/ACR to 3.The focusing lever locks into place at a "hyperfocal" distance, but for maximum infinity sharpness you need to move the lever a little bit closer to the infinity mark. Although maybe I shouldn't be worrying about maximum sharpness in a lens that's so soft to begin with.There have been online reviews saying that the lens is "fun," but my impression is that the reviewers found it fun for a few hours, or maybe a week or two at most, and then never used it again.This lens was a good idea, if only Olympus had made it optically better, and with a better focusing lever.

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        5.0

        Great body cap! Okay lens.

        By MinAZ

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

            This is the second-best body cap you can get for your Olympus PEN. It is also a decent lens. You won't be happy pixel-peeping the images you get from this lens, but you also get a body cap that is ready to shoot whenever you are.

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Cap & a Lens

            By PescadoCrudo

            from Bcn, Spain

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                Exactly what it is a Cap and a Lens, it works.

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                • No

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                3.0

                Cheap price but practical and effective

                By LostHeartPro

                from Long Beach, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                This 15mm focal distance is a nice wide/normal distance to have as a point and shoot. I use it as a body cap, but the fact that I don't have to swap anything in the off chance I need to snap away, I love.

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                • No

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                fun inexpensive distraction

                By promenade

                from lisboa

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                a fun inexpensive attachment for my e-pm1. is ok i guess and takes nice instagramish photos.

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                • No

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                3.0

                So-so

                By Sofia

                from Berkeley, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                  It does what it says it does. It's super easy to use. But the pictures are just mediocre - I compared it with the lens that came with my camera and the shots with this lens are not anywhere near as crisp or clear. But, it certainly does it's job.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  great deal for the price

                  By nicolominerbi

                  from san francisco

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portrait
                    • Street photography

                    Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                    I knew what I was buying and I got what I expected to get
                    A lens with a personality and kind of versatility (it focuses macro)
                    in a super space saver lens that makes my GF1 an almost compact camera

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Fun, fun, fun

                    By Ross

                    from Louisville, KY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • candid
                    • Walk Around

                    Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Silver):

                    This lens is an absolute bargain for $[$]. Replace your body cap with this and you'll have a fixed aperture f/8 lens ready to roll whenever you grab for your camera. This will make your M 4/3 body extremely portable and provide you with the functionality to take decent pictures without changing lenses. You won't get the low light performance of a prime, you won't get the sharpness of a standard lens, you won't get the reach of a zoom. But that's not what you buy this lens for. You buy it to have something fun to play with without needing to remove the body cap. The image quality isn't amazing, but it's not terrible either. Attached is a picture I shot with this while walking around my campus.At the end of the day, this thing is just plain fun. Olympus has served the Micro 4/3 community well by providing a body cap that surprisingly takes decent pictures. Through this thing on and forget about it. When you have to pull out your camera for a quick shot, you'll thank me.

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                    5.0

                    Classic compact wide angle

                    By StraightRazR100

                    from Snellville, GA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography

                      Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                      I have been using this lens on my E-PM2 and am satisfied with it.
                      I edit my photos with Lightroom and use the lens profile for the Sigma 10-20mm to correct vignetting and CA and my photos look great on FlickR.
                      Its simplicity is its strength.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Fun Lens

                      By Dmoney

                      from Raleigh, NC

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography

                        Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                        While not the most dynamic lens, it's definitely great for those "artsy" landscape shots. Definitely worth the dough for what it can do. Good alternate cap.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By Henrik Rasmussen

                        from Eliott Maine USA

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                          This makes your Camera small And not very expensive Did not think I could shoot pictures indoors Gave very nice clear images That seem like a 50 mm lens on a traditional camera

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                          (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Good idea but not useful

                          By DrG

                          from Kalamazoo, MI

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Poor Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Traveling

                          Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                          What I wanted was a very compact lens that would allow me to put my camera in my pocket. This lens was almost perfect except the resolution was so bad even in the center that it was not worth keeping. I took a number of images with the stock Olympus zoom, the 20 mm Pan and this lens, and the images from this cap lens were of very poor quality. I have returned the lens.

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                          3.0

                          nice addition

                          By jrat

                          from seattle

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                            Convenient if you have a compact camera.

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                            • No

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                            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Not So Hot

                            By Stormin' Norman

                            from Haddonfield, NJ

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Jewel Like
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Marginal Optically

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Go Everywhere Lens
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                            I bought this lens on a whim. It was Micro 4/3, cheap, and cute. Its performance is mediocre. I used it with my OM-D to photograph a July 4th parade; didn't want to carry a variety of lenses. While wearing prescription sun glasses, I noticed black smudgy shadows in the viewfinder, so I ended up composing on the LCD screen. Got some nice shots.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Neat little lens cap!

                            By David

                            from Lehigh Valley, Pa.

                            About Me Casual user

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                              Good for quick, easy shots. Keeps the camera small for shirt/jacket pocket outings. For what it's designed for, it works well. Glad I got it.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nice, simple lens

                              By Just Dan

                              from NYC & Cincinnati

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                                For the cost, you're getting a great wide angle lens. I used it for some great black & white pics on the Highline, just minutes from B&H.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                great creative lens

                                By flipmack

                                from Irvine, CA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                                  When combined with Art Filters, this lens is amazing and is what m4/3 is all about. light, small, wonderful.

                                  When attached to my EPM1, it can fit into skinny jeans...not that I wear skinny jeans, but yeah, that's what I heard.

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                                  4.0

                                  Inexpensive fun

                                  By Michael L.

                                  from Wantagh, NY

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Street Photography

                                    Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                                    This lens is great fun allowing you to pocket your micro 3/4th (i.e. Oly pen) camera. The quality of the glass in this lens is horrible but that's exactly the point of it. It has a very organic quality especially when using your camera's built in art filters. It's great fun and will make you use your camera more.

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                                    3.0

                                    Fun lens to create special effects

                                    By Tom

                                    from Seattle

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Extremely Small
                                    • Fun to Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Soft Focus Look

                                    Cons

                                    • "soft" Focus Look

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • To Reduce Camera Size
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                                    For the price it is great, just don't expect sharp edge to edge images. With practice you can get really nice photos that that are pretty sharp in the center and create, to me at least, an "old time" look. Makes my Olympus EM-5 fit in a jacket pocket.

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                                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Nothing special, but no bad.

                                    By Reinaldo

                                    from Bangkok, Thailand

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Landscape Photography
                                      • Traveling

                                      Comments about 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens (Black):

                                      I normally mount the lens I need before I plan to shoot, but it helped me a couple times. It's cool, but no match for cheaper and better lens like the excellent Lumix 14 f/2.5 pancake.

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