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. Item number: V325010SW000.
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It's a body cap lens no bigger than the actual body cap. You'll use it every now and then and it takes zero effort to carry around, doesn't take up any space, and doesn't weigh more than a pen. I like it for those quick shots that I don't really want to do anything with except share briefly.
May 2, 2018 by danny
Fun to use at an affordable price
It's a good lens if you want to experiment without breaking the bank. Don't expect much from it and you'll enjoy it
October 7, 2017 by Ivan_996
An old-fashioned lens.
The shooting experience with this lens can be a lot of fun especially if you set your camera to full manual. Even better, turn on your optical viewfinder,fold your LCD inward for a total analog experience.
With this lens, you don't miss decisive moments although you might get the focus and exposure a bit wrong. Since the focus is always a bit soft, instead increase the primary colors if you have a Pen F, or use vivid plus 2 if you have any other camera, and for good measure make an S shaped curve with the contrast curve. The human eye perceives sharpness by strong colors contesting with each other, and so in this way you can make a fuzzy lens look pretty sharp.
If you're shooting indoors with this lens then you'll need a monstrously powerful flash or very long exposure times.
I had one of these lens for my film camera and really enjoyed playing with the unusual optical distortions. This lens is a inexpensive way to get to the fun stuff. I found this lens to be great lens for tight spaces. I used my FL-300R flash with diffuser in place and bounced it off the ceiling. I shot pictures this way at New Years eve and was able to capture the excitement of the party without blinding anyone. Some say the lens is too slow, but when you can shoot a iso 1600 why does it matter? Took some time exposures of traffic from a high up hotel balcony, wonderful images of blurred car lights. I think the stop in the focus is the hyperfocal point anyone know?
Image quality is not the greatest. About what you would expect for a body cap lens.
It is a good investment if your camera will not fit somewhere with a lens attached.
Works nicely in well-lit areas. Fails in low-light.
Is it worth the $50 price tag? Maybe to fill out an order of one or two lenses. Or maybe to get over $150 for the free shipping. If you lose the body cap your camera came with it is definitely worth paying for.