Olympus 15mm F/8 Body Cap Lens (Micro Four Thirds Mount)

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66% Tried & Tested
It's tiny, and makes small cameras like the PEN E-PL5 or Lumix GF6 truly pocketable. It doesn't really look like a proper lens, either, which can help in situations where you don't want to be noticed as a photographer.”

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Key Features

  • 15mm focal length
  • 30mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras
  • F8.0 maximum aperture; F8 minimum
  • Manual focus only
  • 0.30m/11.81" minimum focus
  • Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras

Product Description

An ultra-slim body cap and flexible, fixed-focus, fixed-aperture lens in one, the Olympus 15mm F8 Body Cap lens adds a mere 9mm to the depth of your camera. Its fixed-focus design keeps things sharp (ish) from one meter to infinity, and for close-ups, it incorporates a lever to extend the focus range to just 30cm from your subject.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 15 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum aperture F8.0
Minimum aperture F8.0
Aperture ring No
Aperture notes Fixed circular aperture
Optics
Elements 3
Groups 3
Focus
Minimum focus 0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification 0.06×
Autofocus No
Full time manual N/A
Focus method Unit
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Physical
Weight 22 g (0.05 lb)
Diameter 56 mm (2.2)
Length 9 mm (0.35)

Reviews

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66 %
Overall Score

The Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8 is a tiny, lightweight, inexpensive piece of kit that somehow squeezes a focusable three element lens into its 9mm-thick housing. Optically it doesn't win any plaudits, but in a way that's not really the point. Its real attraction lies in its portability and simplicity - you won't find a smaller lens.

Good For

Micro Four Thirds owners looking for the smallest, lightest, most discreet lens for their cameras

Not So Good For

Anyone who demands high technical quality in all of their images

User Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
  • kjh7, Oct 28, 2012 GMT:
    Fun, Economical, and Easy to Use

    Just picked this little cookie up, popped it on my E-PL2 and started shooting. Very surprised with the good image quality this produced. If you are not a pixel peeper, I highly recommend it. It's very simple to use with just a few settings and a slider on the front to focus, although I just set mine to infinity. I took about 100 shots in color and monotone, with various ISO and Shutter Speed settings. I got very nice results from this $50 lens cap. It instantly makes your MFT camera ...

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  • Loga, Sep 25, 2014 GMT:
    The lens I don't want to use

    Today I bought the Olympus 15mm f8 body cap lens. The main idea was to make my humble GF2 pocketable for the occasions I don't want to take a camera bag with me. The operation was successful, but the patient died. The body cap's image quality is below that level I can accept. The main idea would have been good if it had similar image quality, let's say, to the Pana 14mm f2.5, but it is not even close. And the manual focus sneck is too loose: if you get off the cam from your pocket, it turns ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Lomo, Holga & Toy Lenses… Suggestions & Examples?

My girlfriend and I were away recently and wandered into a Lomography store in Antwerp, Belgium. She'd heard the term "lomography", but didn't know what it was, nor had she heard of Lomo, Holga or any of the toy lenses that are out there. She'd been having a lot of fun shooting with our GX1 and was really intrigued by the idea of dirt cheap lenses and crappy image quality. ;-) The funny thing was, she really liked the "accidental" shots we found every time I transferred the days' shots to my iPad. Y'know, we all get them… blurry hands in frame, feet, odd and out of focus shots of whatever. The bottom line? She wants a toy lens! Who'da thunk? I was surprised! I've know about the Holgas, Lomo and SLR Magic Toy lenses and have an Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens, but want something worse! ;-) So, can anyone make recommendations, or even better, have any examples? Thanks!

jeffharris asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

My only "toy" lens is the Holga 25mm paired with the 0.5x and 2.5x Holga converters. They're not really my thing, though, but I probably should use them more. I think this Holga lens' soft focus and vignetting effect is more contributed by the "zone plate" aperture than by the plastic optic. Probably because the focal length of the lens is similar to that of disposable cameras, and those actually do really well for image quality considering they're single-element plastic meniscus lenses. It's probably too hard or expensive to make a less good lens. Maybe a Pinwide, 11mm pinhole: https://wanderlustcameras.com/products/pinwide.html Continue Reading

Klarno answered
3 months ago

The Pinwide looks pretty cool. Nice price, too! Thanks! Continue Reading

jeffharris answered
3 months ago

She may have fun with the (hope I get the name right) Experimental Lomography lens kit. It is 3 lenses, I believe one is fisheye, there are gels included, and you can make multiple exposures with it. Http://www.lomography.com/experimental-lenses If someone has experience with these that would be great, I have been looking at these myself. May be what your girlfriend wants...$90.00 for all three lenses, I guess there is a coupon sometimes. Continue Reading

BlbGB answered
3 months ago

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