Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both. Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The 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 deep 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.
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July 04, 2013
Better than a Holga
The lens body cap does what it claims to do. It keeps dust out of the camera innards and serves as an acceptable fixed focus lens. The aperture is set at f8 and the camera's variable ISO takes care of the exposure. With this lens you have converted your $500 camera to the equivalent of a Box Brownie. The pictures are fairly evenly illuminated and reasonably sharp. Adequate for snapshots, even 4x6" prints, It might make a decent street shooting camera. The body cap is OK for using your Pen as a P&S but for real photography put a decent focusing lens on your camera.
March 16, 2013
The power of contingence
The Body cap lens is an exercise on contingence. It's all about learning to make do with what you've got: it's quirky and restricted, a rarity in the days of intelligent cameras,perfect optics and instant autofocus.
However, the BCL is a be-with-you-at-all-times lens, especially if you have a Pen Mini, which will now fit in your pocket. There is no autofocus, so there is zero AF lag, just shoot.
Fixed f/8 means everything is in focus, so just capture the moment.
The M4/3 system is thriving with awesome lenses, and there are arguably “better” alternatives, but none is funner than the BCL. It’s also very inexpensive, so there is not much financial compromise ;)
January 31, 2013
Don't expect photos that you can print to 16 x 24, but for the quick snap without the need to remove a body cap, you can't make a better investment. It's pre-focused to .3 m (11.8") or set to ∞ and being f/8 and 30 mm wide angle to boot it's perfect for those I wish I had a lens on my camera moments and with this you always will.
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