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Olympus Micro Four Thirds 15mm Body Cap Lens - Black

by Olympus
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Closing mechanism to fucntion as a body cap
  • Ideal for instant snapshots
  • Protection where ever you go
  • Special focus switch to change to 0.3m focus
  • Incrediby slim & compact
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.5 x 4.6 cm ; 23 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: BCL-1580
  • ASIN: B009C74508
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Sep 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

The Olympus 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap lens: Incredibly slim and compact ‘go anywhere’ optic, ideal for instant snapshots plus camera protection

Shoot spur of the moment snapshots
Shoot spur of the moment snapshots
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Is it a body cap or is it a lens? Amazingly, it’s both! Owners of Olympus digital PEN cameras looking for accessories with which to expand their kit have new reason to celebrate with the launch of the ultra affordable, super slim 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap lens, offering the 35mm equivalent focal length of 30mm. This accessory is all about instant snapshots and shooting on the fly with your Olympus camera.

The innovative option is an ultra slim cap plus flexible fixed focus fixed aperture lens in one, making it an ideal accessory for the likes of the latest PEN Lite and Pen Mini cameras. The PEN models famously combine portable body dimensions with ease of use, and exactly the same could be said of the 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap lens.

Protect your camera components from dust and scratches

The Olympus 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap lens is designed to be fitted to your Olympus compact system camera when it is in transit. It adds a mere 9mm to the depth of the camera body, which will still allow it to be slipped into a jacket pocket or small bag. You can do so with the confidence that the camera’s sensitive components – such as the imaging sensor – will be safe from dust, scratches and greasy smears.

Simply flick the lever to adjust the focus range
Simply flick the lever to adjust the focus range
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Shoot spur of the moment snapshots – without removing the cap

Ever missed that shot of a lifetime because you couldn’t get a lens fitted fast enough? Well not any more. Pull your Olympus camera with body cap fitted from your pocket or bag and you’re ready to start taking photos straight away, from a distance of one metre to infinity. There is no need to focus and no need to attach a full sized lens. A closing mechanism also allows the lens to function as just a body cap when you want it to.

Close up lever gets you nearer, faster

Weighing a very portable 22g, while the Olympus 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap lens is perfect for shooting from the hip and taking fun photos on the fly, should you need to get up close and personal you can. Flick a lever to extend the focus range to just 30cm (0.3m) from your subject for dynamic close ups, instantly.

Affordable excellence

What’s more, both protecting and enabling your camera comes at an affordable. It’s an ideal accessory for your PEN camera that won’t break the bank, and whether you want fascinating close ups, scintillating wide shots, or just want to protect your camera’s delicate bits – with a lens configuration consisting of three elements in three groups, this one fun-packed yet practical device will do it all.

Box Contains

Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm 1:8.0
Micro Four Thirds lens rear cap (LR-2)
Operating Instructions


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Customer Reviews

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Convenience over quality 21 Nov 2012
By Twasme
This lens when fitted to a smaller micro four thirds camera gives a truly pocketable camera, something the manufacturers have been trying to achieve for some time. Image quality is comparable to a better point-and-shoot compact camera.

This lens is flat enough to not protrude much further forward than the hand grip of the camera it is fitted to. When fitted to a small micro four thirds camera, such as one of the Olympus PEN series or Panasonic GF series, that gives a camera/lens combination with rectangular form that will fit comfortably into a large coat pocket.

The lens is fitted with a simple lever focus control, offering three positions in addition to one that closes a protective cover over the lens: close (0.3 metres), distant and infinity. There's a slight stop at each position, but with not much separation between the distant and infinity settings, and it can be difficult to tell which position has been set by touch alone, as the distant position is not very firm. There is plenty of distance between the close and distant settings, allowing for manually focussing between these two settings.

This is a simple lens, so don't expect top optical quality. There's quite a bit of chromatic aberration and noticeable vignetting. The chromatic aberration gives some loss of resolution but no worse than would the loss of resolution from noise in a point-and-shoot compact camera. My overall impression was that images are of slightly better quality than those produced using a Holga 'toy' lens.

I bought this lens as a means by which I could make my Panasonic GF3 into a take-everywhere camera that I can carry in my coat pocket, allowing me to finally abandon my last compact camera. It manages that, but not with the step-up in image quality I'd hoped for. I'd not expected it to produce pin-sharp, crystal-clear images but, at almost 70, I had expected slightly better optical quality than this has.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars decent quality and so quick to use! 4 Jun 2013
By Chasm
I have quite an extensive micro 4/3 system, including the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 lens that is not a great deal bigger or heavier than this Olympus offering and has incomparably better optical quality as well as low light capability.
So why did I buy the bodycap lens? Simplicity and speed, mainly.
It only offers f8 so you can't waste time wondering which aperture would suit the shot best.
It has a hyperfocal detent which ensures that everything from about a foot away to infinity will be in focus - if you're shooting landscapes or close(ish)-ups it's worth moving the lever one way or the other, but otherwise just leave it in the middle - and the amount of time it saves not auto-focussing has allowed me some real grab shots which I would have missed with more "advanced" equipment.
OK, optically it's no better than a good mobile phone camera (although definitely much better than Holga lenses - I have one of their micro 4/3 ones), but mobile phones can't shoot in RAW!
Recommended, even at UK prices...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this, buy a real lens instead 15 Nov 2013
I read some positive reviews and saw enthusiastic reviews on youtube so I thought this would make a useful addition. It works, but only as a body cap. As a lens, it has several weaknesses.

The aperture is so small it's only worth using in bright sun.

Instead of having no need for focus because the lens is 15mm, everything is out of focus.

When all things come together and it's focused and the light is right, the photos from the lens are unacceptably soft anyway.

It's now left at home as a useless trinket. It's no fun lens at all.

Buy a real lens instead.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lens for the money 14 Nov 2012
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I bought this lens on Amazon preorder so was very pleased it turned up on the release date (Oct 31 2012). I bought it because I wanted to give me an option of the thinnest profile on the interchangeable lens Olympus mini pen. The lens is very basic with a slide setting control under the aperture which closes and covers the aperture, opens to a click on infinity and slides adjusting the opening to the macro setting. I used it when I went for a weekend break on the south coast and took lots of pic of sea, landscape and middle distance objects and my wife and dog all mixed in. I also took a panasonic H202 lens and swapped for comparison. The pictures were very good considering the price of this lens, the main advantage you get is the size of the camera, making it truly 'pocketable'. For a point and shoot option for landscapes it's a winner. Highly recommended.
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By A. J. Gauld VINE VOICE
I use this on my Panasonic GF1. I tried the Panasonic 14mm pancake but it was still too bulky to fit in my pocket. This bodycap lens fits just great.
For street photography and quick snaps it works fine. It has surprising close up capability if you take care focusing. Coupled with the upcoming 9mm fisheye you could have a powerful street combination that really will fit in a pocket. Now if only they would bring out say a 22mm bodycap to complete the set.
Having said all that the quality is nowhere near as good as the 14mm lens or even the kit zoom. But it costs a quarter of the price. And its much better than my phone camera. And I actually use it. The pancake got left behind because I'd use the kit zoom or take my Canon compact camera instead. This one actually sees light of day.
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