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.


Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size FourThirds
Focal length 15 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Maximum aperture F8.0
Minimum aperture F8.0
Aperture ring No
Aperture notes Fixed circular aperture
Elements 3
Groups 3
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
Weight 22 g (0.05 lb)
Diameter 56 mm (2.2)
Length 9 mm (0.35)


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

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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

4.0 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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