Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens Review – Hands On

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Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) tests out the new, inexpensive, “toy” bodycap lens from Olympus, the 15mm BCL-15.

Olympus BCL-15mm press release…

“Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both.Olympus BCL15

Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line.
The BCL-15 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 shallow 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.”

My 2 Cents

Looks like another inexpensive way to add some fun and creativity to your shooting experience.  With a fixed aperture of f/8.0, this is definitely not for shooting in the dark, but on bright sunny days when you don’t feel like lugging around a bunch of other lenses, this might be the ticket.  While it may never win any awards for image quality, it just might win some for cool images – and this little gem looks like the perfect solution if you just want to go out for a fun, point and shoot day.

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